Harison Laskey picked up a couple shots on the field Saturday to enter today’s final round of the 31st Fayette County Open with a three-stroke lead.
The defending champion finished with a 3-under 67 at Springdale Golf Club for a three-day total of 4-under 208.
Laskey played in the final group with Jeremy Enslen and Santino Marchitello, both former champions. Enslen and Marchitello both shot 1-under 69 to remain tied in second place with a three-round total of 1-under 211.
The final threesome was the lone group to post sub-par rounds.
“Yeah, I was putting solid,” Laskey said of his play on the greens. “I left a couple out there, but that’s golf. You can say that about any round.”
Enslen, too, felt he left a stroke or two out on the course.
“I played better than my score,” said Enslen. “I’m happy where I’m at. I played solid today. Everyone is right there.”
Heavy rain doused the course Friday evening, creating an interesting dynamic on many of the greens.
“It was a guessing game on how the ball was going to react when it hit the green. It was soft in places,” explained Enslen.
Marchitello was pleased with his third round, and complimented his playing partners in the process.
“Everybody seemed to be playing pretty consistent. It’s fun to be part of some fun golf,” said Marchitello. “I had one bad mistake on No. 15. I took a double bogey. But, I had birdie on No. 16 and it got me back on the rails there.”
The trio is looking forward to playing 18 holes with the county title on the line.
“Tomorrow is shaping up to be interesting,” said Laskey, who is seeking his third title in four years. “It’s one of those deals, I grew up playing Duck Hollow. I’ll tee it up and hopefully keep playing like I have.
“Duck Hollow is a little firmer, so I have to play smarter.”
Laskey added with a smile, “It’s another day where I’d like to have 18 birdie putts.”
Enslen said the tournament will play out right in front of him as a member of the final group. Pat Calvaresi, another former champion, is alone in fourth with 216 and Ron Jones pulled into fifth place with 218, so the lead group has a large cushion with only 18 holes remaining.
“You don’t have to worry about what’s going on behind you. You know what’s going on,” said Enslen.
Marchitello sees an exciting finish to the tournament.
“I assume it will come down to the back nine. All you can ask for is to be there at the end,” said Marchitello. “I will go out there and try to make birdies.”
The final foursome of Calvaresi, Marchitello, Enslen and Laskey tees off at 10:13 a.m.