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Renfrew on top by 1 at Canadian Tour opener

Cory Renfrew posted a four-under 66 on Saturday to move one stroke clear of the field after three rounds of the Times Colonist Island Savings Open, the first event of the season on the Canadian Tour.

Renfrew, who is playing in only his second Canadian Tour event, finished 54 holes at nine-under-par 201.

Jeffrey Rangel also carded a 66 to move into a share of second place at minus- six. He was joined there by second-round leader Derek Gillespie (71) and Lucas Lee (70).

First-round leader Andrew Roque stumbled to a one-over 71 to slip into fifth place at five-under-par 205 at Uplands Golf Club.

Renfrew had bookend birdies on the front nine as he birdied the first and ninth. He made it two in a row with a birdie on the 10th.

The 26-year-old Canadian birdied the 14th to get to minus-nine. Renfrew stumbled to a bogey on the 17th, but erased that mistake with a birdie at the last.

Matt Jager fired a five-under 65 to soar into a share of sixth place at four- under-par 206. He was joined there by Jaime Gomez (67), Nick Taylor (69), Brad Tilley (69), Matt Marshall (70), Chris Cunningham (67), Jeff Burton (68) and Paul Peterson (71).

NOTES: Renfrew played this event as an amateur in 2006, but missed the cut by two strokes...Jager's 65 matched the second-best score of the week behind Roque's first-round 64.