New Hartford's Derek Bard is two strokes from the leader.

Bard shot a 68 in the third round, placing him at 14-under par for fourth place at the Tour Q-School golf tournament Thursday at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Andrew Novak is in the lead at 16-under par. Drew Weaver and Jay Woodson are tied for second at 15-under par.

Bard, 22, birdied four times in the third round.

The fourth and final round of the tournament is Friday.

The top 24 scores will advance to a Second Stage qualifying school tournament. The third and final stage is in Devember in Chandler, Arizona.