Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — There's been a Canadian invasion this week at Niagara Falls Country Club.
Not that there's an inordinate number of Canadians in the field of 84 — there's only six. It's the success they're having.
Taylor Pendrith shot a tournament-low 63 on Friday, giving him a three-day total of 197 (13-under) and sending him from fourth to first on the leaderboard. Justin Shin continued his solid play, shooting a 67 to total 198, good for second.
Today, the two — teammates on the Canadian National Team — compete for Canada's first Porter Cup victory in at least 20 years.
"It's nice to see all of the guys playing pretty good," said Pendrith, who added that Chris Hemmerich (1-under) and Garrett Rank (10-over) also play on the national team. "It's nice to see that golf in Canada is improving."
Pendrith improved for the third straight round after carding a 68 on Wednesday and a 66 on Thursday. And unlike most players, he scored well on the front nine, hitting three birdies, including one on the par-4 fifth that's played toughest this tournament.
He added four birdies on the back nine and didn't drop a shot on the day. His final putt — a curving attempt on 18 — dropped for birdie, propelling him above Shin for the lead.
"I played pretty solid today," said the Richmond Hill, Ont. native. "I made a lot of putts, that was the key. I hit a couple bad shots but got a little lucky and was in some decent spots after my bad shots."
Shin hit five birdies on the day but dropped two bogeys. He hit his third birdie of the tournament on No. 10, a hole he said has been a momentum builder.
"I played even par on the front and got some momentum going into No. 10," he said with a smile. "It's been my best hole so far. Maybe they'll put Justin Shin on the flag, huh?"