CHARLESTOWN’S Blake Windred is six strokes off the lead entering the final round of the European Amateur Championship at the Royal Hague golf Course in the Netherlands.
The 20-year-old’s hopes of being the first Australian in 30 years to win the prestigious event slipped after he struggled to a four-over 76 to drop to two-over and tie for 15th.
Switrzerland’s Nicolai Hojgaard added a 68 to his opening rounds of 71,69 to lead at eight under.
Windred had carded back-to-back 69s to be the leader at six-under after two rounds.
But the right-hander made a horror start to his third round, slumping to three straight bogeys and never recovered. He dropped further shots at the 12th and 15th holes before a birdie at the 15th.
Windred remains the leading Australian but will need to get on a hot run in the final round, being played early Sunday morning, to be in contention.
Aberdeen’s Queensland-based Dylan Perry (74,73,72) is tied for 53rd at three over.
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