Carl Jensen nearly lapped the field in the first round of the annual Richard C. Kramer Salt Lake City Amateur.
Jensen shot a 7-under-par 65 Saturday at Bonneville Golf Course and takes a four-stroke lead over two golfers into today's final round.
Only three players in the championship flight broke 70, and only eight golfers broke par despite ideal course conditions under sunny and mostly calm conditions.
Four-time champion Todd Barker and Dan Horner each shot 69s, while Jeff Kitches, Tyson Lund, Herb Lyons and former State Am champion Tommy Sharp were tied at 70. Dan Bloechel is alone at 71.
Jensen is a 28-year-old former University of Utah golfer who has won the Mid-Amateur Championship and was the State Amateur runner-up in 2003.
In Saturday's round, Jensen started on the back nine and birdied the first three and the last three holes to make the turn at 6-under-par 30. On his second nine, he birdied Nos. 1 and 2 to make it five birdies in a row before making a double bogey at No. 4. He birdied No. 5 to get back to 7-under and parred in.
Barker is one of the oldest players in the field at 54 but also has one of the best resumes with four City Am titles to his credit along with a State Amateur victory in 1997. Horner is a 30-year-old New Jersey transplant who has contended at several local tournaments in recent years.
In the morning round, Patrick Waldram shot a 69 to lead A Flight, while Detlef Schwurack is the B Flight leader with a 75.
For the first time, the championship flight golfers will be re-paired with the final group teeing off at 2:30 p.m.