Bangalore: Khalin Joshi took full advantage of S Chikkrangappa`s putting woes as he carded a two-under 70 to take over the lead from the latter at the end of the third round of the Toyota Corolla Altis Southern India Amateur Golf Championship.
Joshi, 18, with his first sub-par round of the week, is now two one-over 217 for three days and two clear of Chikka.
Chikka (74) is at 219 after a disappointing round of 74 that included just two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.
Meanwhile, Kanishk Madan of Delhi brought in an even par 72 for a five-over total of 221 to be placed third, while Asian Games silver medallist Abhijit Chadha (73) was tied fourth with Rahul Ravi at 222.
Joshi, who won the Bangladesh Amateurs this year, had birdies on fourth, eighth, ninth and 11th, while two bogeys on 12th and 18th.
"I think I can play much better. Though it was great grouping as I always enjoy playing with Chikka and Rahul Ravi but I still need to concentrate a little more," said Joshi.
Chikka had a birdie on third but a bogey on eighth and a double on ninth, which meant he turned in two-over. On the back nine he bogeyed the 13th but got the shot back 14th.
The day`s best score came from Trishul Chinnappa of Bangalore at four-under 68. But with 79s on first two days he was ninth at 226.