CHARLESTOWN’S Jye Pickin extended his lead to seven shots at the NSW boys’ golf championships with a two-under round of 70 on Thursday on his home course.
Pickin, who also plays for the Avondale club, will take the advantage into the final day after his third consecutive under-par round increased his lead by five shots.
He had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine and one each on the back nine on Thursday, following rounds of 69 and 68.
The 17-year-old was nine under and well clear of Queenslanders Lewis Hoath (two under), Louis Dobbelaar (even) and Mitch Varley (two over).
Monica Johnson (The Australian) is clinging to a two-shot lead in the NSW girls championships after Queensland’s Cassie Porter made a charge on day three.
Porter carded a two-under 71 to back up a round of 69 and move to even. Johnson had four over to drop to two under for the tournament.
Belmont’s Makensie Toole was the best of the locals at 15 over and 12th.
Pickin and Johnson are flying the flag for NSW, with Queenslanders filling three of the top four positions on both the boys and girls leadearboard.