Denzel Ieremia continues to overpower the Mount Maunganui course and his fellow competitors with amazing ball striking and quality putting. Ieremia has seemed invincible but dropped two strokes today with bogeys on the 5th and 14th. These blemishes have been offset by 23 birdies and an eagle over the three rounds played so far. Denzel is on 23 under par and holds a commanding six stroke lead over local resident Mark Brown. Brown had been closer but late bogeys on the 16th and 17th were punishing. Te Puke professional Jared Pender has played steadily all tournament and 67 today moves him to 16 under in third place and three strokes ahead of Luke Toomey and amateurs Tyler Wood and Kazuma Kabori.