ANGOLA, Ind. – With a third-day team score of 316 Thursday here at the Zollner Golf Course, their best round ever in the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship Tournament, the George Fox University Bruins climbed from 10th into a tie for ninth with St. Olaf College heading into the final round coming up Friday.
The Bruins’ score of 316 topped their previous best of 318 two days ago in the opening round of the tournament. Before this year, their best round was a 322 on the final day of the 2010 championship which lifted them to an eighth-place finish. Only four teams had better rounds than the Bruins Thursday: Williams College with a 309, Methodist University with a 312, DePauw University with a 313, and Centre College with a 314.
Leading the Bruins on the third day was Abby Mann with a four-over-par 76. After starting the day with a double bogey-6, she had only three more bogeys, 13 pars, and a birdie-2 on the par-3 11th hole. Her total score of 79-86-76=241 is tied for 38th on the individual leader board. Kelsey Morrison was second for the Bruins with a five-over 77, with 12 pars and a birdie-3 on the final 18th hole. She is now tied for 24th with a 77-82-77=236.
Loreece Magsanide collected three birdies, on the par-5 5th and 10th holes and the par-4 15th, for a final 79 score and a total of 82-87-79=248. Jill Westendorf’s 84 also counted for George Fox as she had 11 pars, while Megan McGrew capped off the Bruins’ day with an 86, recording seven pars. Westendorf’s total score stands at 85-84-84=253 and McGrew’s at 80-77-86=243.
Methodist (310-310-312=932), seeking its 15th straight title, gained one stroke in the team standings on DePauw (314-307-313=934), while Williams (307-323-309=939) climbed to third. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (315-307-320=942) slid to fourth, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (317-315-317=949) clung to fifth.
Catherine Wagner of Wisconsin-Eau Claire maintained her first-place individual lead with a 78-71-76=225 through three rounds, one shot ahead of Emily Bachert of Centre College, who has a 76-76-74=226. Tied for third are Molly Erickson of St. Olaf (76-76-75=227) and Doyle O’Brien of St. Mary’s College of Indiana (77-78-72=227), who had Thursday’s best round. Taylor Beaty of DePauw (78-73-77=228) is fifth.
Whitman College, the 2011-12 Northwest Conference co-champion with George Fox, is 12th with a 316-333-321=970 score. Emily Guthrie of the NWC’s Whitworth University, one of six individuals invited to compete, had the day’s highlight as she dropped a hole-in-one on the par-3, 135-yard 6th hole, joining Victoria Thane of Mary Hardin-Baylor, who also aced the same hole on the first day.
Final-round tee times Friday begin at 8:00 a.m. for the first wave and 12:30 p.m. for the second wave off the No. 1 and 10 tees. As on Thursday, George Fox will play alongside Whitman and Gustavus Adolphus College, starting at 8:50 a.m. (all times are Eastern Daylight Time). The tournament is a four-day, 72-hole event being played on a par-72, 5,990 course on the campus of Trine University.
To view all statistics and follow the tournament via Golfstat.com’s live stats program, visit the official NCAA Tournament website at http://www.ncaa.com/content/diii-women-team-leaderboard.