Two Lead With One Day Left at Canadian Q-School

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LANGLEY, BC -- Americans Ryan Camp and Byron Smith share the lead heading into Fridays final round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.

Holding a comfortable four-shot edge as play began Thursday, the 24-year-old Smith posted a 3-over 73 at Belmont Golf Club in suburban Vancouver while Camp came in with a 69. Both have a three-day total of 6-under 204, one shot in front of former Tour member Nick Davey of New Zealand.

Reid Hatley of Spokane, Wash. and Aussie Luke Hickmott have made three trips around Belmont and come out at minus-4.

Billy Noon of Maple Ridge, BC is the top Canadian at 2-under 208 which, if the tournament ended Thursday, would be enough to earn the final exempt card for the 2005 Tour season.

Mike Mezei of Lethbridge, Alb. struggled to a 4-over 74 to drop into a tie for eighth at even par 210.

Camp, who played at Washington State University before turning pro last September, didnt have a memorable journey during his first attempt at qualifying for the Canadian Tour. Nine months ago at Royal Ashburn in Whity, Ont., Camp finished well back in 65th spot at Fall Qualifying School.

This time around, it has been a different story.

This week around has definitely been a lot more rewarding, said Camp. Last September, I had just turned pro and was extremely nervous heading into the first round. Combine that with the way I played and it made for a bad week. You have to be there to experience it, and I think that experience helped me for this week.

Mezei, who represented Canada at the Four Nations Cup last month, is also poised to join the Tour ranks Friday. Less than a week after turning professional, Mezei hit a speed bump on a day where the lift, clean and replace rule was in effect.

It was brutally easy out there today and I just didnt get it done, said Mezei. I didnt get any breaks at all and didnt play well. But Ive still given myself a chance to get my full card. Ill go out there (Friday) and see if I can make a move. I feel Ive got a good round left in me.

Camp was 2-over for the day and was poised to drop another shot on the par-5 ninth when he landed his third shot well short of the green. Facing a crucial up and down to save par, Camp instead kept his putter in the bag by chipping in for birdie.

With just one day to go, he would seem to be a lock to earn one of the seven exempt cards that will be handed out. Seven more players, plus ties, will earn non-exempt status.

But dont try telling Camp it is a done deal.

You have to play smart golf out here, he admitted. You have to give yourself those 15 to 20 footers and go after the pins when the opportunity presents itself. Im not changing anything for tomorrow. Im not playing against Byron or anyone else; its me against the golf course.

Scores - Thursday after the third round of the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School being held at the 6,416-yard, par-70 Belmont Golf Club (A-denotes amateur):
 
1. Camp, Ryan Spokane, WA 66  69  69  204  
1. Smith, Byron Palm Springs, CA 65 66 73 204
3. Davey, Nick New Zealand 68 71 66 205
4. Hatley, Reid Spokane, WA 72 70 64 206
4. Hickmott, Luke Australia 69 70 67 206
6. Yanagisawa, Will Sparks, NV 68 69 70 207
7. Noon, Billy Maple Ridge, BC 67 73 68 208
8. Bates, Lucas Australia 70 70 70 210
8. Mezei, Mike Lethbridge, AB 68 68 74 210
10. Wood, Chris Sardis, BC 69 70 72 211
11. Harlingten, Seann Rancho Mirage, CA 69 74 69 212
12. Koh, Hansoi New Westminster, BC 70 73 70 213
13. Dorothy, Dean Aiea, HI 69 72 73 214
14. Lee, Ju Young Korea 70 70 75 215
14. Maunder, Eddie Whitby, ON 74 69 72 215
14. McNally, Mike Billings, MT 70 68 77 215
14. Roberts, Dan (A) Victoria, BC 70 71 74 215
14. Tulk, Adam (A) Vancouver, BC 70 75 70 215
19. Brown, Anthony Australia 70 73 73 216
19. Shafer, Steve Phoenix, AZ 71 72 73 216
19. Wilson, Tim Surrey, BC 68 75 73 216
22. Frier, Steve Richmond, BC 75 68 75 218
23. Balloch, Jay Surrey, BC 78 72 69 219
23. Park, Pedro New Zealand 74 74 71 219
23. Tayler, Nik Australia 72 77 70 219
23. Weaver, Jordan Coquitlam, BC 71 75 73 219
23. Wilson, Wes Oklahoma City, OK 68 75 76 219
28. Lidkea, Ryan Delta, BC 69 79 72 220
28. Murray, Joseph Upland, CA 71 75 74 220
28. Wicks, Richard Australia 73 73 74 220
31. Dennison, Bevan New Zealand 71 75 75 221
32. Burraston, Dale England 72 79 71 222
33. Brown, Daniel (A) Creston, BC 73 76 74 223
33. Scoles, Marty Burnaby, BC 71 73 79 223
33. Smith, Blaise Chino, CA 72 73 78 223
36. Wiles, Trevin Sandy, UT 76 71 77 224
37. Karr, Jim Jupiter, FL 76 75 74 225
37. Robinson, John Orlando, FL 74 77 74 225
37. Young, Scott Australia 74 77 74 225
40. Moser, Nathan Surrey, BC 81 74 72 227
40. Rauberheimer, Anton (A) Smoky Lake, AB 77 73 77 227
42. Walker, Bruce Calgary, AB 79 76 74 229
43. Eide, Scott Henderson, NV 77 75 78 230
43. Jung, Johnny Maple Ridge, BC 80 73 77 230
45. Akizuki, Shingo Surrey, BC 77 79 75 231
46. Williams, Brendon Mackenzie, BC 80 77 78 235
47. Butterworth, Jim Surrey, BC 81 81 75 237
48. Keim, Kenneth (A) Calgary, AB 84 78 77 239
49. Cerrato, Jehu Surrey, BC 88 79 82 249