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After barely making cut, Albany’s Broadaway fires 64 on Saturday to make run up Nationwide leaderboard

Albany native Josh Broadaway has 15 birdies in this week's Nationwide Tour tournament in Central America --- more than any other player so far.

Albany native Josh Broadaway has 15 birdies in this week's Nationwide Tour tournament in Central America --- more than any other player so far.

PANAMA CITY, Panama — Josh Broadaway was one shot away from missing the cut in this weekend’s Panama Claro Championship.

Now the Albany native is six shots off the lead and tied for fifth place heading into today’s final round at Panama Golf Course.

Broadaway shot a 6-under 64 in Saturday’s third round, which was highlighted by eight birdies, including a streak of five birdies in six holes on the front nine. Broadaway, who missed the cut in the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship two weeks ago, is six shots behind leader Edward Loar, who is the only golfer to have three rounds under par in the Tour’s second tournament of the season.

Broadaway’s two-round total of 144 was just above the cut line at 4-over. He will enter today’s final round with 15 total birdies — more than any other player in the tournament.

Broadaway is coming off his best season of his career, but it was one that ended on a sour note. He posted seven Top 25 finishes out of eight tournaments during a hot streak between July and September in 2011, including earning the biggest single-tournament payday of his career ($70, 400) at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on July 24, and tying a career-high finish of third (Price Cutter Charity Championship, Aug. 14).

However, the Byne Christian graduate slipped in the money list as the season wore on, ending at 28th and failing to receive a PGA Tour card that’s awarded to the Top 25 money list finishers.