Three Tied for Top Spot at Canadian Q-School

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Canadian Tour-LargeCHINO HILLS, Calif. -- Californian John Ellis will look to put the finishing touches on a wire-to-wire triumph Friday when he takes a share of the lead into the final round of the Canadian Tours California Winter Qualifying School.
 
The 25-year-old San Jose native took a three-shot edge into play Thursday but for the first time this week, had his hands full at Los Serranos CC, finishing with a 1-over 73. Ellis 54-hole total of 6-under 210 leaves him tied for top spot with fellow Californians John Mallinger and Peter Tomasulo.
 
Steve Frier of Richmond, BC posted a 75 and is at 5-over 221.
 
For the first half of Thursdays round, it appeared that Ellis would continue to set the tone and pull away from the field. Making the turn at 2-under for the day, he lost his touch with a double-bogey on the par-4 third, his 12th hole of the day, and had problems getting untracked the rest of the way in.
 
I had a bit of a struggle out there today, Ellis said. To shoot 3-over on that front side with the way Ive played all week is a bummer. But its over'Ive still got a chance to win (medallist honours), and that is all you can ask for.
 
Once the final putts falls Friday afternoon, the Canadian Tour will dish out ten exempt cards for the 2005 campaign, while another ten players and ties will earn non-exempt playing privileges.
 
The Canadian Tour will kick off the season with a two-week swing through Austin, Tex., beginning with the Barton Creek Austin Canadian Tour Pro Am Classic presented by Yes! Golf from March 12-15.
 
If Ellis thinks he is home and cooled with just one stroll through Los Serranos CC remaining, he hides it well. You couldnt fault him if he is taking nothing for granted until he secures his Tour card Friday afternoon. Last fall at the PGA Tours Qualifying Tournament, Ellis seemed to be a lock to advance to the final of three stages until a final-round 75 in Seaside, Calif. left him one shot shy of the number needed to move on.
 
I thought I had a trip to final stage locked up, so you can never say never, he admitted. I had a chance to play the PGA Tour, and it got away from me. But I try not to think about that. This (Canadian Tour) is where my focus is now. Ill go out and see if I can finish it off (Friday).
 
Scores after the third round of the Canadian Tours California Winter Qualifying School held at the 7,104-yard, par-72 Los Serranos CC:
 
. Ellis, John San Jose, CA 67 70 73 210
1. Mallinger, John Escondido, CA 75 69 66 210
1. Tomasulo, Peter Long Beach, CA 70 73 67 210
4. Beard, Michael Palm Desert, CA 71 71 69 211
5. Walton, Michael Palm Desert, CA 71 71 70 212
6. Yi, Dong Alameda, CA 68 74 71 213
7. Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 73 71 70 214
7. Coleman, Jim Bob Billings, MT 74 72 68 214
7. Itzen, Justin Palm Desert, CA 70 73 71 214
7. Sestero, Luke Scottsdale, AZ 71 71 72 214
11. Guetz, Brian Scottsdale, AZ 74 71 70 215
11. Henderson, Scott Dove Canyon, CA 70 74 71 215
11. Monfont, Kyle Dublin, OH 74 72 69 215
11. Riskam, Daniel Hermosa Beach, CA 72 67 76 215
15. Harrington, Scott Scottsdale, AZ 71 71 74 216
15. Henson, Berry LaQuinta, CA 71 76 69 216
15. Ruda, Jesse Santa Barbara, CA 72 76 68 216
18. Brunson, Daniel Greenville, SC 70 74 73 217
19. Guetz, Bret Scottsdale, AZ 73 74 71 218
19. Keller, Rob Temecula, CA 70 76 72 218
19. Surber, Russell Blaine, WA 69 75 74 218
22. Fonner, Matthew Los Gatos, CA 74 70 75 219
22. Mackenzie, Brock Yakima, WA 73 71 75 219
22. Overson, Darrin Orem, UT 73 78 68 219
25. Giarrantano, Tony Castle Rock, CO 71 78 71 220
25. Smith, Blaise Chino, CA 75 76 69 220
25. Streat, Heath Australia 75 73 72 220
28. Floyd, Dan McKinney, TX 74 71 76 221
28. Frier, Steve Richmond, BC 73 73 75 221
30. Patterson, Marcus Rancho Cordova, CA 76 76 70 222
30. Puska, Jeff Ladysmith, BC 71 77 74 222
30. Robertson, John W. Olympia, WA 77 72 73 222
30. Tayler, Nik (A) Australia 76 72 74 222
34. Burnier, Jean-Luc Dana Point, CA 75 74 74 223
34. Hatley, Reid Spokane, WA 72 78 73 223
34. Martin, Nolan Cold Springs, CO 76 75 72 223
34. McNally, Michael Billings, MT 77 72 74 223
34. Minamimoto, Osamu Japan 75 73 75 223
34. Nakane, Kenta Japan 75 73 75 223
34. Richardson, Brandon Junction City, OR 76 75 72 223
34. Streatfield, Andrew Marina, CA 79 74 70 223
42. Aga, Matt Carlsbad, CA 75 76 73 224
42. Dorothy, Dean Aiea, HI 76 78 70 224
42. Puekdang, Ty Berkeley, CA 74 74 76 224
42. Smith, Warren Houston, TX 76 76 72 224
42. Wiles, Trevin Sandy, UT 76 73 75 224
47. Ferlic, Gavin South Bend, IN 77 72 76 225
47. Jensen, Brent Pleasant Hill, CA 77 78 70 225
47. Kennedy, Robert Phoenix, AZ 70 78 77 225
47. Kirkpatrick, Miles Stockton, CA 75 76 74 225
51. Inlow, Travis Calgary, AB 77 74 75 226
51. Uchibori, Yuki Japan 76 72 78 226
53. Atlick, Scott Atherton, CA 75 80 72 227
53. Bergstedt III, Russell Phoenix, AZ 74 77 76 227
53. Dennis, Spencer Arroyo Grande, CA 76 75 76 227
53. Gavlak, Zac Phoenix, AZ 75 78 74 227
53. Kowaluk, Kurt Sudbury, ON 75 78 74 227
53. Kupeyan, Calvin Tecumseh, ON 77 75 75 227
53. Lindstom, Jon Castle Rock, CO 73 74 80 227
53. Moreno, JP Pico Rivera, CA 76 76 75 227
53. Sanchez, Cuauhtemoc Austin, TX 74 84 69 227
62. Park, Pedro New Zealand 75 79 75 229
62. Potter, Dan CoeurdAlene, ID 75 78 76 229
62. Takase, Atsushi Japan 78 76 75 229
65. Blackwell, Shane Scottsdale, AZ 78 74 78 230
65. Buxbaum, Aaron Encinitas, CA 74 78 78 230
65. Kuraoka, Justin Rancho Cordova, CA 79 75 76 230
65. Luce, Jeremy Austin, TX 81 76 73 230
65. Watanabe, Steve San Francisco, CA 76 78 76 230
70. Dickson, Chris Brights Grove, ON 77 79 75 231
70. Kang, Tai Abbotsford, BC 74 82 75 231
70. LeBlanc, Dale Scottsdale, AZ 80 76 75 231
70. Newbolt, Tim Kihei, HI 79 75 77 231
70. Smith, Ryan Australia 82 79 70 231
75. Heinz, Jerry Poway, CA 76 77 79 232
75. Kastner, Jason Hudson, QC 76 80 76 232
75. Smith, Todd Elk Grove, CA 73 83 76 232
78. Kawaguchi, Masa Japan 75 78 80 233
79. Kawano, Koichiro Japan 75 83 76 234
80. Pekuri, Mark Santa Monica, CA 80 77 78 235
80. Vinson, CJ Phoenix, AZ 76 80 79 235
82. Libby, Kyle San Jose, CA 80 76 81 237
83. Israel, Peter (A) Palm Desert, CA 83 81 74 238
84. Hamano, Takashi Japan 83 76 80 239
84. Pederson, Shawn Lahana, HI 77 81 81 239
84. Stevens, Noah Woodlands, TX 79 79 81 239
87. Duran, Tony Phoenix, AZ 80 83 77 240
88. Aldrich, David (A) Grass Valley, CA 82 80 79 241
89. Kennedy, Dean Vancouver, BC 80 85 77 242
90. Johnstone, Evan Orinda, CA 81 81 81 243
91. Narita, Mitsutake Japan 80 87 86 253
92. Stahlheber, Charles Vancouver, WA 98 87 81 266