London’s Ellie Szeryk slips out of junior lead

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Ellie Szeryk places a call home to London and her older sister Maddie every night to replay her round of that day.

The 15-year-old Szeryk said she wasn’t going to hold anything back on the call Thursday night after giving away the lead and three strokes on the final two holes of the third round of the 63rd Canadian junior girls championship at Camelot Golf and Country Club.

Her elder sister, the 2013 Canadian junior champion and soon-to-be senior at Texas A&M University, surely got an earful after the younger sister blew a two-stroke lead over Surrey, B.C.’s Susan Xiao by finishing up bogey, double-bogey on holes 17 and 18.

“Oh, she’ll be getting the lowdown on how my day went for sure,” said Szeryk, who can find solace in only trailing Xiao by a single stroke going into Friday’s final round.

Szeryk led by a stroke after 36 holes.

“It was an awful ending and I’m not happy at all,” said Szeryk, who has already verbally committed to following her sister to university in College Station, Texas, in three years. “I had a lot of bad bounces and a lot of misreads.

“The only thing I can take away from this is that the shots are there.”

For most of the round, it appeared Szeryk and Xiao, playing with Mary Parsons, were going to run away from the pack, both at four-under when they made the clubhouse turn, seemingly rolling and comfortably out front.

Instead, play begins in Round 4 with 10 players within six shots of the lead.

Emily Zhu was one of three golfers to become the first this week to post a score in the 60s, shooting 69 to sit two back of the lead at 216. Monet Chun and Parsons are also at 216 as are a host of others.

So it’s Xiao, Szeryk and Zhu in the final threesome. Two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old in the final grouping for a tournament for girls 18-and-under.

The lead came down to Szeryk playing four-over on the final four holes, which could wind up costing her the chance to match her sister’s title.

“I try to compete with my sister,” said Szeryk. “She’s a big target for me.

“But I’m just trying to play my game.”

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