Women's Golf Fires 320 on Day Three of NCAA Championship to Remain in 13th Place
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Angola, Ind., May 10, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis remained in the hunt for a top-10 finish with a 320 (+32) on day three of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.
Washington University remained in 13th place with a three-day total of 971 (326-325-320, +107), and is eight strokes shy of George Fox University (963, +99) and St. Olaf College (963, +99) for 10th place. No. 1 ranked and 14-time defending national champion Methodist University enters the final day with a two-stroke lead over second-place DePauw University with a three-day score of 932 (310, 310, 312, +24).
Catherine Wagner of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire holds a one-shot lead over Emily Bachert of Centre College in the individual standings. Wagner has a three-day total score of 225 (78-71-75, +9).
“We got off to a good start, which was the key today. They hit the ball consistently and all of the girls said they had a bunch of birdie opportunities. There play today showed up in the scores,” said fourth-year head coach Sean Curtis, the 2012 NGCA National Coach of the Year. “We are going to take the positive feeling going forward. We have improved each day and hope to continue it tomorrow.”
Consistency was the key in day three for the Bears as the top-three players broke 80 for the first time in the NCAA Championship: junior Hannah Buck (76, +4), freshman Olivia Lugar (77, +5) and sophomore Andrea Hibbert (79, +7).
Buck played her most consistent round of the NCAA Championship with 14 pars and four bogeys. She fired a two-over 38 on both the front and back nine, and sits in a tie for 17th place with a three-day total of 234 (81-77-76, +18). Buck is three strokes shy of cracking the top-10 and eight back of the lead.
“All our scorers today were much more consistent and I feel like we were much more relaxed than the first two days,” said Buck, a three-time All-American. “The conditions were very good today, and the back nine was almost perfect for scoring. I just wished a couple more puts would have fallen.”
Lugar carded her second round under 80 at the NCAA Championship registering 11 pars, six bogeys a birdie on the par-four third hole. She fired a five-over 40 on the back nine to open up play on day three, but settled in on the back for a one-over 37. Lugar is a stroke back of Buck with a score of 235 (74-84-77, +19) and sits in a tied for 19th place.
Hibbert cruised through the back nine with a three-over 39, and with birdies at No. 3 and No. 5 was still three over with four holes to play. She bogeyed No. 6 and then suffered a triple bogey on No. 8 to finish four-over 40 on the front. Hibbert is a stroke behind Lugar with a score of 236 (82-75-79, +20) and is tied for 24th place.
“I was up and down pretty much the entire day. I was confident though and felt like I swung the club well,” said Hibbert, a two-time all-region selection. “Playing well as a team today is definitely a confidence booster going into the final day. We do not have any pressure tomorrow, and need to stay focused.”
Sophomore Allyson Chee fired her second-straight round under 90 with a 16-over 88 on day three. Chee shot an eight-over 44 on both the front and back nine with four pars and 12 bogeys. She is tied for 96th place with a three-day score of 269 (92-89-88, +53). Senior Katie Homa concluded her third round of play with a 95 (+23), and sits in 100th place with a score of 275 (89-91-95, +59).
Washington U., who has fired NCAA Championship low rounds on three-straight days, concludes play in the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship Friday with 18 holes. The Bears will tee off at 8:50 a.m. (ET) and are paired with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and St. Mary's (Ind.) College. Washington U. is eight strokes shy of 10th place.