With stiff gusts swirling throughout Kingwood Country Club all day, the 2000 U.S. Amateur champion fired a 1-under 71 to maintain his one-shot edge over Steve Scott (Wellington, FL). Quinney sits at 12-under 204 through 54 holes. Five others are tied for third, four shots back. The top Canadian is Doug McGuigan of Langley, BC, who is tied for 24th a 2-under.
As much as the winds came into play Saturday, nowhere was that more evident on the 478-yard, par-4 seventh, where only one of 66 golfers could card a birdie. With a tricky pin placement thrown in, 37 others grabbed par on the hole, while 28 struggled to a bogey or worse.
Quinney, Scott and Hank Kuehne traded places atop the leaderboard for much of Saturday, but at the end of the day, just as he has in the previous two rounds, Quinney found himself alone in top spot.
It was definitely a grind out there, said Quinney, who is making his Canadian Tour debut in Texas. Nothing went our way today, it was either a cross-wind or it was right in your face-nothing really ran north-south. Anytime you can break par on a day like that, you have to be happy.
Trailing Scott by one stroke on the par-4 15th, Quinney pulled even when his chip from forty feet found the bottom of the cup.
When asked if he considered Sundays final round was a two-man showdown between himself and Scott, the 23-year-old refused to take the bait.
All week long Ive been focused on my game, and Ill do the same Sunday. If I get too much into what other guys are doing, it throws me off my game. To put yourself in a position to go into Sunday with a chance to win your first event is all you can ask.
Scott, the 2001 TELUS Vancouver Open champion, had a chance to stay even with Quinney on the final hole but just missed his par putt. One day after setting a new Forest Course record 9-under 63 at the Kingwood layout, the 1996 U.S. Amateur runner-up was pleased to get out of Saturday in position to take a run at Quinney in the final round.
It was a totally different course today, he said. There were some tough moments out there in those conditions. Its always tough to follow up a 63 with another low score, but I cant be too upset. A 63 will get you back in a tournament awful quick.