Salinda vaults into lead with 62, Eckroat three back going into final round

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PACIFIC COAST GOLF ASSOCIATION (San Francisco, Calif.) – Isaiah Salinda of South San Francisco, Calif., made 10 birdies against one bogey for a new competitive course record 62 on the Lake Course and whizzed by Edmond’s Austin Eckroat into a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.

Eckroat made six birdies of his own, but had four bogeys and a double bogey to shoot even-par 71. He is in second alone at 10-under, three strokes behind Salinda.

A senior on the Stanford men’s golf team, Salinda started the week four-over-par through his first eight holes and would have been a distant favorite at that point to hold a lead after 54-holes.

Remaining patient on the difficult par-71, 7,147 major-tested layout against a stacked field of amateurs, Salinda closed round one at even par. After a second round four-under 67, Salinda rode a wave of confidence heading into third round action.

Although the wind picked up and the greens became more firm as the afternoon went on, Salinda remained patient. After making the turn in great position at -7 overall, riding a streak of three-straight birdies, Salinda would have a back nine to remember.

Sitting tied with Eckroat through nine holes today, Salinda made his fourth consecutive birdie on the par-4 10th to get it to -8.

He would make three-straight pars and fall out of the lead as the seesaw battle with the ultra competitive field continued with a number of players behind him in the groupings making moves up the board.

Stepping onto the par-4 14th hole, Salinda’s reeled off five-straight birdies and a spot in The Olympic Club lore as the competitive course record holder.

After struggling on the front nine, Eckroat would follow suit to Salinda’s path ahead of him on the course and post an impressive back nine to remain in striking distance come tomorrow at -10.

Rounding out the lead group for tomorrow’s final round with be Salinda’s teammate at Stanford, Brandon Wu of Scarsdale, New York at – 8 overall.

Eckroat’s Oklahoma State teammate Hayden Wood shot 1 over and dropped into a tie for 11th at 3-under. Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke is tied for 52nd at 6-over. A cut was done following today’s third round to the low 70 players and ties.

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