First round leader Dale Walker clawed his way back on top of the leader board at the Bundaberg Motor Group QLD PGA Trainee Championship at Coral Cove after firing a two-under par round in blustery conditions.
With the wind playing a key factor in the third round many of the players found conditions tough and saw a number of them fall slowly behind the leaders.
With only 54 players remaining after Wednesday's cut only four players had scores under par for yesterday's round.
Walker got away to a good start with a birdie on the first hole and a par on the second. After bogeying the third Walker remained steady to finish the front nine at one under after another birdie on the seventh hole.
A single birdie on the back nine saw him card the second best score of the day with three other players.
Rick Coleman, a first year trainee from North Lakes Golf Course, and considered one of the players in contention for the title had the best round of the day finishing three under copied Walker's appraisal on the day's play.
"It was really tough today with the wind impacting on almost every shot" Coleman said.
"Club selection was the key and staying patient through the round was essential. I went out there hoping to score well to move me up the leader board and to do that was a great result."
With an incredible six birdies in the round it was bogies on the 4th, 6th and 15th that were the only blemish.
Second round leader Atomu Watanabe fell victim of the conditions and a round of five-over par saw him drop back to equal second with Coleman.
With conditions likely to change again tomorrow with the winds to turn to south west it will again pose a challenge for the players.
With the lead group teeing off at 9.50am many of the local community will be keen to see the battle at the top.