Saturday presented another perfect weather day at the MVP Open at Maple Hill, and the scores on the course reflected the weather. Several players made significant moves to put themselves in position for a top finish on Championship Sunday.
Thomas Gilbert and Andrew Marwede made moves early, carding six-under rounds to move up thirty-one spots into a tie for 20th place. Alex Russell was a little further down in the field, and his five-under performance moved him up forty spots into a tie for 50th place. The second hottest round of the day came from Calvin Heimburg. Calvin put together a nine-under near stunner to also move up forty spots and is now solidly in the hunt for a top ten finish. He credited his success to throwing clean off the tee, "I was throwing clean off the tee, better than yesterday, and gave myself birdie looks. I wasn't able to convert on some C2 putts, but I was able to stay clean and capitalize."
Calvin was upstaged though by his Florida counterpart Garrett Gurthie. Double G avoided trouble and put together a scorching twelve under par, 1101 rated round. Garrett avoided OB and bogeys and was able to move up eighteen spots and his way into first place with his performance today. Post-round Garrett said he felt like this was the best round he had ever played. He indicated a few others had come close, but this round definitely felt like the best. He said, "I knew once I hit the gap on 16 I was home free." Garrett chalked up his success to the many years he had played at the course, "This is like my 8th MVP Open." Knowing that James Conrad had to birdie out to tie him for the lead Garrett was excited to be starting at the top of the card going into the final round tomorrow.
Also joining the lead card tomorrow will be 2018 World Champion Gregg Barsby. Barsby spent all day battling with semi-local Pro Simon Lizotte for who would take the final spot on the lead card going into Championship Sunday. Ultimately the two players would finish tied at the end of the round with the fourth spot on the lead card going to Barsby with the tie based on who carded the hot round.
James Conrad was able to hold steady today even with bogeys on holes six, nine, and fourteen to stay within a few throws of being able to defend his title. James finishes the day two throws back from the lead and well within striking distance.
Paul McBeth will round out the lead card tomorrow after going 5-for-5 on the last five holes of the course. McBeth's only miscues came on holes eight and nine where he went OB on both holes and was unable to scramble to save par. McBeth's nine-under round tied Heimburg for the second hottest round of the day. He did all of this only netting 17% from C2. Paul clearly has more left in the tank and is sitting only one throw back from the lead.
It is shaping up to be an exciting finish at the MVP Open at Maple Hill. Make plans to tune in tomorrow starting at 3:30 PM ET to watch the lead card live with Garrett Gurthie, Paul McBeth, James Conrad, and Gregg Barsby.
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