McLellan heats up to boost Cascades into third place through three rounds at nationals

Connor McLellan's six-under 66 on Thursday was the low round of the tournament thus far.

Connor McLellan’s six-under 66 on Thursday was the low round of the tournament thus far.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf team moved into third place at the Canadian University/College Golf Championship on Thursday behind some red-hot play from Connor McLellan.

McLellan scorched Morningstar Golf Club for a six-under 66 during third-round action at the Golf Canada event. The sophomore from Chilliwack, B.C. notched eight birdies to go with two bogeys, en route to the low round of the tournament thus far.

McLellan’s heroics enabled the Cascades to post a combined score of 290, their best collective round of the tourney by 10 strokes. UFV moved up one spot to third place (27 over par), and they’ll be in the final threesomes with the front-running UBC Thunderbirds (-20) and Queen’s Golden Gaels (+23). The UVic Vikes (+28) are one stroke back of the Cascades.

“The goal today was to move up and get into the final group tomorrow, and we accomplished that,” Cascades head coach Chris Bertram said. “Connor McLellan’s round was huge, obviously, for our team, and our guys rallied around him.”

The Cascades are seeking their first podium finish at the Canadian University/College Championships. Their previous best result is fourth place, which they accomplished in 2010 and 2015. Follow the Cascades’ fortunes during Friday’s final round via live scoring through the Golf Canada website.

McLellan is tied for fifth in the individual standings at one-under for the tournament, eight strokes back of leader Scott Secord of UBC. The Cascades’ Connor O’Dell also had a strong performance on Thursday, posting his second straight round under par (one-under 71). He’s tied for 13th at +3 for the tourney. Zach Olson (+7, T21), Nathan Bahnman (+23, 48th) and Kaleb Fisher (+30, 52nd) are the other Cascades in the field, and they’ll be pushing the team towards the podium on Friday.

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