Langham Clings to Lead in Louisiana


Nationwide TourBROUSSARD, La. -- Franklin Langham birdied the final two holes on Saturday to shoot 1-under 70 and cling to a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Langham finished 54 holes at 9-under-par 204.
Johnson Wagner bogeyed the 18th hole to card a 2-under 69 for the second straight day. He stands at 8-under-par 205 and was joined in second place by Chad Collins, who posted a 68 in round three.
Tripp Isenhour, who missed the cut here last year, and Cliff Kresge shared the low round of the day as they each posted 5-under 66s. With those rounds, they share fourth place at minus-7. Matt Weibring is one stroke further back at 6-under-par 207 after a third-round 69.
Langham opened with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first to get to minus-9. He stumbled to a bogey on the par-4 fourth at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.
The 37-year-old fought right back with a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth to jump to 10 under. Langham parred his next four holes. Once on the back nine though, he would fall out of the lead.
Langham bogeyed the 10th to slip to 9 under. He faltered to back-to-back bogeys from the 15th to slide to minus-7 and into a share of third place.
The two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour got those strokes back though. Langham rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th. He made it two in a row as his 35-footer for birdie at the last dropped to give him the overnight lead for the second straight round.
'It was a tough day,' Langham said. 'I had trouble pulling clubs, the wind was up and down all day. I didn't make as many putts as I did the first two days, but I hung in there. It sure left a good taste in my mouth to make those last two.'
Wagner, who turned 26 on Thursday, was steady on his opening nine with eight pars and a birdie on the fifth that got him to minus-7. At the 10th, he sank a birdie try then moved to minus-9 with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 12th.
The former Virginia Tech star three-putted for bogey on the 14th, but was able to reclaim that stroke with a birdie on the par-4 17th. He stood alone in the lead at that point, but another three-putt bogey on the last dropped him one behind Langham.
'I played well. Both bogeys were three-putts which is disappointing,' Wagner said. 'I thought I had a chance on No. 12 to separate myself from the field, but didn't get it done.'
Collins started his round with three straight pars. He got on the board with a birdie on the fourth. Collins came back with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. Around the turn, he birdied the 10th to get to minus-8.
The 2005 Henrico County Open winner ran off five consecutive pars from there. Collins dropped a shot on the par-3 16th, but atoned for that error with a birdie on the 17th to get within one of the lead.
Deane Pappas carded his second straight 2-under 69 to get to 5-under-par 208. He shares seventh place with Glen Day (71) and Dan Olsen (72). Russ Cochran, Bob Heintz, Craig Kanada, Jeffrey Overton and Chris Smith are one stroke further back at minus-4.
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