Andrea Hibbert’s School-Record Round Leads Bears on Day Three at NCAAs
Destin, Fla., May 16, 2013 – Led by junior Andrea Hibbert’s NCAA Championship school-record low round of one-over 73, the Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team shot a 319 on day three of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Washington University moved up three spots to seventh place in the team standings with a three-day total of 970 (333-318-319). The 319 on day three was the fourth lowest round of the day in the field. Washington U. is five strokes shy of sixth-place DePauw University and 13 strokes behind fifth place Williams College.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (306-311-311, 928) took over the overall team lead, while the University of Texas Tyler is second with a 935 (309-308-318). George Fox University (943), 25-time national champion Methodist University (948) and Williams College (957) round out the top five. Texas-Tyler’s Laura Lindsey continues to hold the individual lead with a 54-hole score of 221 (72-72-77).
“It was important for us to post another solid team score today. We got great rounds from Andi and again from Connie, so I like where we are,” said fifth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “If we can put together four solid rounds tomorrow, I think we'll continue to move up the leaderboard.”
Hibbert broke out of a two-day slump by firing the second lowest round of her career. She pared the first eight holes of the day, and with a bogey on No. 9 were one-over 37 at the turn. Hibbert bogeyed No. 10, but then reeled off four-straight pars and birdies at No. 15 and No. 16 to get back to even par. Hibbert bogeyed No. 18 to finish the day one-over par 73.
The round for Hibbert was the second lowest of the day – Nina Puch of Concordia University (Wis.) fired an even-par 72. Hibbert vaulted into a tie for 33rd place with a 54-hole score of 243 (84-76-73).
“The key to this course is to stay out of trouble. I played simple, purposeful, and confident golf today,” Hibbert said. “There are a lot of ways to make par around this course and luckily it all connected. I’m so honored to be down here with the most selfless team and I ‘m really just looking to help out our teams positioning in the final round Friday.”
“Andi's round today looked like it was effortless. She was just cruising and I know she is excited about getting back out there tomorrow,” Curtis said.
Freshman second-team All-American Connie Zhou continued her consistent play with a five-over 77 on day three. Zhou, who struggled with a 16-over 88 on day one, has combined for four birdies the last two rounds. After paring the first five holes Thursday, Zhou ended the front with three bogeys and a double bogey for a five-over 41. She got back into a groove on the back with birdies on No. 13 and No. 15 to finish even par on the back. Zhou is tied for 23rd place with a 240 (88-75-77), and is just two shots out of the top-20.
Sophomore Olivia Lugar remains in contention for a top-20 finish along with Zhou after an 11-over 83 on day three. Lugar is tied for 30th place with a 54-hole score of 242 (79-80-83), and just four shots out of the top-20. Lugar, a 2012 and 2013 first-team WGCA All-America honoree, fired a three-over 39 on the front with a birdie at No.5 She was hampered on the back nine with triple bogeys at No. 13 and No. 16 to finish with an eight-over 44.
Senior Hannah Buck could not get into a groove Thursday as she fired a 10-over 46 on the front and a four-over 40 on the back for an 86 (+14). Buck, the only three-time All-American in school history, enters the final day tied for 40th place with a 245 (82-77-86). Senior Melanie Walsh enters the final round in 98th place with a 273 (91-88-94).
“This is a really talented team, we are capable of putting up a really low number,” Curtis added. “This team has put a lot of energy and effort into playing well and we showed that all season. They deserve a lot of credit for hanging in when things go south for a little bit.”
Washington University wraps up play Friday in the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship with 18 holes beginning at Noon. Washington U. is paired up with Centre College and Illinois Wesleyan University.