Howey-in-the-Hills, May 14, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team fired a 318 for the second-consecutive day and sits in second place at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship held at the El Campeon Golf Course at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
WashU has a three-day score of 956 (320-318-318), and sits six strokes behind first-place Williams College 950 (319-322-309). Wittenberg University moved into the final pairing with a tournament-low 308 on day three, and is two strokes behind WashU in third place with a 958 (323-327-308).
WashU tees off at 1:05 p.m. (ET) Friday and is paired with Williams and Wittenberg.
"It was a really grinding day. The course give you no breaks, and we fought our way around the golf course," said seventh-year head coach Sean Curtis. "Tomorrow is going to be a dog fight."
Senior Olivia Lugar continued her pursuit at an individual national title by shooting the second lowest round of the day with a 3-over 75. Lugar shot a 2-over 38 on the front with a birdie at No. 1, and then fired a 1-over 37 on the back with eight pars. She sits in a tie for second place with a score of 227 (73-79-75), and is three strokes behind individual leader McKenzie Ralston of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
"This is a really tough course and to play well, you have to play consistently. We've got a great team because it's pretty deep," said Lugar. "When one person struggles, another steps up. Tomorrow, we just have to come out and play our game."
Junior Connie Zhou remained in the top-20 after a 7-over 79 on day three. Zhou emerged out the clubhouse with a 2-over 38 on the front nine with a birdie on No. 7, and then posted a 5-over 41 on the back. Zhou sits in a tie for 14th place with a 240 (82-79-79).
Freshman Samantha Han continued her consistent play in the NCAA Championship by firing a 7-over 79 on day three. Han ended the front nine with six-straight pars to shoot a 3-over 39, and followed with a 4-over 40 on the back. Han is in a tie for 20th place with a 242 (79-84-79).
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the tournament field in birdies (21) and pars (136) … The Bears are second in par 3 scoring (3.42), third in par 4 scoring (4.61) and fourth in par 5 scoring (5.45) … Lugar leads the tournament in Par 5 scoring (4.83) and second in par 4 scoring (4.23).
T2. Olivia Lugar – 73-79-75, 227
T17. Connie Zhou – 82-79-79, 240
T20. Samantha Han – 79-84-79, 242
T31. Erin Drolet – 86-76-85, 247
T68. Jessica Wibawa – 95-85-87, 267