Baryla leads by two in Chattanooga


Nationwide Tour

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chris Baryla fired a seven-under 65 Saturday to grab a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Chattanooga Classic.

Baryla completed 54 holes at 17-under-par 199. He will go for his first Nationwide Tour title on Sunday.

Kyle Reifers, the 2006 champion, carded a five-under 67 in the third round and is alone in second at minus-15.

Hunter Haas (67), Josh Teater (69) and Justin Bolli (65) share third place at 13-under-par 203.

The second round was completed earlier Saturday after being suspended on Friday by lightning. When the round was finished Todd Demsey owned a three- stroke lead. However, he stumbled to a one-over 73 and slid into a share of sixth at minus-12.

With as many as five different players owning a piece of the lead during the third round, it was Baryla who grabbed the top spot with a bogey-free round.

Baryla's front nine was streaky as he parred the first three holes, then converted three straight birdie chances from the fourth at the Black Creek Club.

The 26-year-old Canadian grabbed a share of the lead with that birdie run. He moved one clear of the field with a birdie on the par-three 11th.

After Reifers tied him atop the leaderboard, Baryla responded with birdies on 14 and 15 to take a two-shot lead. Baryla closed a bogey-free round with a birdie at the last.

The 25-year-old Reifers parred six in a row before closing with a birdie on the last to end two strokes back.

Demsey was joined in sixth place at 12-under-par 204 by Skip Kendall (63), Jason Schultz (68), David Branshaw (67), Doug LaBelle II (66), Roberto Castro (67) and Tyrone Van Aswegen (69).