The 26-year-old native of Kincardine, ON struggled to a double bogey on his final hole of the day to card a 3-under-par 69 at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, good enough for a three-day total of 9-under 207 and a share of the lead with Andy Johnson (Orlando, FL).
Mark Maue of Kitchener, ON fired a tournament-low 64 Wednesday to climb into a tie for third with Liam Bond (Wales), two shots back of the lead.
After failing to make a cut during the 1999 Canadian Tour season, Wilson lost his exempt-status card and played on the Dakota Tour last year. With limited money to play on the mini-tour, he entered just three events, winning one. Wilson couldnt earn his Canadian Tour card back at last falls qualifying school, and returned home intent on making the grade here.
I looked at things like there was a reason all the best players in the world shoot low scores, he admits. And I realize it is because they play the way their swing allows them to play. I re-evaluated my swing, and it has helped me in a big way.
While Wilson admitted losing his card was a case of having to go through growing pains, he feels he is ready to face the challenges that come with playing on a professional tour.
Im playing these courses here the way they are meant to be played. Im not rushing things anymoreIve learned to be patient.
The top 72 players in the field played Rivershore Wednesday and will shift across town to The Dunes at Kamloops for the fourth round.
Following play Thursday, the field of 135 will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties, and those golfers will play Friday at The Dunes hoping to land one of the1 5 available exempt cards for the Canadian Tour season, as well as a minimum of 10 conditional cards.
Dean Kennedy of Vancouver, BC enters play Thursday five shots back of Wilson and Johnson, while Brent Osachoff (Calgary, AB) is tied for 13th spot with a three-round total of 214.
The Canadian Tour, coming off a four-event Myrtle Beach, S.C. stint in February and March, kicks off the Canadian leg of the campaign June 14-17 with the Shell Payless Open in Victoria, B.C. And Mark Wilson has every intention of being there.