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Maxwell Sear is 54-hole leader at 2015 Canadian Junior Boys Championship

VAUDREUIL-DORION, Que. – Maxwell Sear holds the 54-hole lead at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship hosted by Summerlea Golf & Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.

Maxwell Sear shared the 36-hole lead of the national championship heading into today’s third-round. The Unionville, Ont., native was able to finish the day with an even-par 72.

Sear had a rough start this morning with three bogeys in the first five holes. “I started off a little slow but I settled down with a birdie on 9 and then another on 12 which was a good birdie because it was playing into the wind so it was a tough hole,” said Sear of this third-round.

Sear was able to keep his round in control and stay at even-par for the tournament at 216. Sear’s impressive 2015 season includes a win at the Ontario Junior Boys Spring Classic, a runner-up finish at the CN Future Links Ontario Championship and a tie for third at the Ontario Men’s Amateur.

“Whenever you give yourself a chance to win it’s always nice. It’s going to be exciting going into the back-nine tomorrow,” said Sear when asked about playing in the final group Thursday.

Sear will be challenged by the three individuals tied for second-place at 217. Quebec products Charles-Éric Bélanger of Québec City, Brandon Lacasse of Châteauguay and Raphaël Lapierre-Messier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu are only one stroke off the lead, each hoping to become the first Canadian Junior Boys Champion from Quebec since André Nols won in 1976.

Opening-round co-leader Bélanger also continues to lead in the Juvenile division after a round of 1-under 71 today. Bélanger was able to reach 4-under par until making a bogey on hole 13. He made four pars before a disappointing double bogey on 18 to post one of only two under-par scores on Wednesday.

Lacasse moved up the leaderboard to finish in second-place with a third-round of even-par that was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 hole 14. Lapierre-Messier fell back from his 36-hole share of the lead to join the trio at 1-over 217 after a third round 2-over 74. He made three straight birdies from holes 8 to 10.

The tight leaderboard has an additional two players, A.J. Ewart of Coquitlam, B.C., and Kevin Gordon of Whitby, Ont., at 2-over 218 tied for fifth place. In the Juvenile division, A.J. Ewart is only one behind Bélanger’s lead.

In a tie for third place in the Juvenile division are Tristan Mandur from Mill Bay, B.C., and Jack Simpson  from Aurora, Ont., at 7-over 223.

Team Canada’s Development Squad member Patrick Murphy of Crossfield, Atla., signed for a round of 2-over 74 to sit T14 heading into tomorrow’s final round.

The winner of the 2015 Canadian Junior Boys Championship will earn an exemption into the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship co-hosted by Weston Golf & Country Club and The Lambton Golf & Country Club from August 8 – 13.

The final round of the 2015 Canadian Junior Boys Championship will begin tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. EST with the leaders teeing off at 9:42a.m.

For more information on the 2015 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, including final-round pairings and full scorecards, please click here.

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