Cork golfer Niall Turner shares Northern Ireland Open lead

Niall Turner hits a tee shot at Galgorm Castle on Saturday
Niall Turner birdied the last to join Emilio Cuartero Blanco at the top of the leaderboard
Northern Ireland Open third-round leaderboard
-14 Turner (Ire), Cuartero Blanco (Sp); -12 Sordet (Fra), McLeary (Scot); -11 Hahn (USA), Whiteford (Scot), Winther (Den);
Selected others: -10 Huizing (Neth), Gros (Fra), Law (Scot), Porteous (SA), Wakefield (Eng), Armitage (Eng), Gouveia (Por); -8 Selfridge (NI); -7 Thornton (Ire); -4 Lawrie (Ire), Shaw (NI); -3 Casey (Ire); -2 Kearney (Ire)

Cork man Niall Turner shares the lead with Spain's Emilio Cuartero Blanco heading into the final round of the Northern Ireland Open.

Turner, 32, birdied the 18th to join the Spaniard on 14 under with the duo two ahead of Scotland's Jamie McLeary and Frenchman Clement Sordet.

However, there are 14 players within four of the lead at Galgorm Castle including 2013 winner Daan Huizing.

Chris Selfridge is the leading Northern Irishman on eight under.

The Castledawson man fired a steady three-birdie level-par 71 on Saturday which saw him lose a couple of shots on the leaders.

Turner, who has played on the Asian Tour over the last couple of years, was thrilled with his performance after a season which has been severely affected by a back injury.

"It's fantastic playing in front of an Irish crowd," said the Cork man.

Emilio Cuartero Blanco in action at Galgorm Castle on Saturday
Emilio Cuartero Blanco is sharing the lead with Niall Turner at Galgorm Castle

"This event is so well supported, and I had some close friends and family up here today.

"It was actually a bit of an up and down round.

"I was happy with my final two holes though, saving par on 17 and then a lovely birdie on the last. All in all I'm delighted with a 68."

Cuartero Blanco recovered from a nervous start as he double bogeyed the first before making five birdies and an eagle to sign for a battling 69.

Sordet, in his only his fourth professional event, shot a 68 to join McLeary on 12 under, whose fellow Scotsman Peter Whiteford fired a best-of-the-day 65 to finish on 11 under with Denmark's Jeff Winther and American John Hahn.

Dutchman Huizing is in seven-strong group four shots off the place.

Simon Thornton's hopes of getting into contention suffered a massive blow with a double bogey at the first and he needed to eagle the last to sign for level-par 71.

After his brilliant 64 on Friday, Lurgan player Gareth Shaw had to settle for a one-over 72 which left him sharing 39th spot.

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