OKLAHOMA CITY – Even with windy and hot conditions at Lincoln Park Golf Course, records continue to fall at the 25th NAIA Women’s Golf championship. For the third day in a row, the team scoring record has fallen, and with 18 holes to play, the University of British Columbia holds a modest lead.
UBC fired a 294 to open a 5-shot lead on Keiser, whose 296 leaves them nine strokes clear of third place SCAD-Savannah (Ga.). The Thunderbirds have a score of 884, Keiser (Fla.) is at 889, and SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) is in the clubhouse at 898. Those are the first three times in Championship history that a team has posted a 54-hole total of less than 900 strokes.
The old record for a 54-hole low was also held by British Columbia, a team count of 908 through three rounds. The Thunderbirds went on to set a record that weekend with a 72-hole total of 1,211 – a record that has since been bettered twice.
News and Notes•
- Five different scoring records have fallen during the week. Oklahoma City University set an 18-hole team record with a 287 in the first round, and UBC has set 36-hole (590) and 54-hole records.
• Oklahoma City’s Melissa Eldredge set a single round record with a 67 in the opening round, and Keiser’s Michela Tjan set a 54-hole individual record on Thursday with a 71 to give her a tournament-leading total of 214 (-2).
• Nine different teams have eclipsed the old record of 908 for 54-holes: UBC, Keiser, SCAD-Savannah, Oklahoma City (902), Dalton State College (Ga.) (904), Loyola University (La.) (904), University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) (904), Cumberland University (Tenn.) (905), and the University of Northwestern Ohio (906).
• British Columbia will be chasing their fifth National Title on Friday. Oklahoma City leads the way with eight titles all time, and the Stars are in fourth with 18 holes to play.
• British Columbia and Keiser have shot sub-300 rounds on each of the first three days – the only teams in the tournament to do so.
New and Notes
• Oklahoma City was the biggest mover on the board during moving day. The Stars moved up three spots into fourth. The University of Northwestern Ohio dropped the farthest, falling four places in the standings.
• Eldredge of Oklahoma City shot the low round of the day individually as the fired a 69. It was one of six rounds under par in the field for the day.
• Esther Lee of British Columbia had the best individual stretch of holes on the day. The freshman from Maple Ridge, B.C. made five consecutive birdies on holes 3-7.
• Four other players shot even par in the round. Kate Johnston (UBC), Devaki Ganesh (UNOH), Isabel Rijos (DSC), and Eryn Ellis (Rocky Mountain, Mont.) each carded rounds of 72.
• Tjan is the only individual in the field to be below par for the Championship. Johnston is two strokes off the lead, and 10 players are within five shots of the lead.
• Hannah Sager of Faulkner University is the low unattached individual in the tournament. She sits in a five-way tie for fourth place at 2-over par.
• There have been four rounds in the 60s this week, two from Eldredge, one from Johnston, and one from Ashlynn Joyner of Southeastern University (Fla.).
• Teams will tee off on both sides of the course again in the final round, with the first tee time slated for 7:30 a.m. and featuring the top three unattached individuals.
• The top three teams will tee off on the front nine beginning at 8:58 a.m. with the top bags for those three teams slated to get going at 9:30 a.m.
1. British Columbia – 294-296-294; 884
2. Keiser (Fla.) – 297-296-296; 889
3. SCAD-Savannah – 302-294-302; 898
4. Oklahoma City – 287-319-296; 902
T5. Dalton State (Ga.) – 293-309-302; 904
T5. Loyola (La.) – 300-306-298; 904
T5. Cumberlands (Ky.) – 304-299-301; 904
8. Cumberland (Tenn.) – 304-305-296; 905
9. Northwestern Ohio – 302-301-303; 906
10. William Carey (Miss.) – 298-313-300; 911
11. Oregon Tech – 304-314-296; 914
12. Taylor (Ind.) – 313-305-298; 916
13. Texas Wesleyan – 301-321-300; 922
T14. Southeastern (Fla.) – 316-303-306; 925
T14. William Penn (Iowa) – 315-309-301; 925
16. USC-Beaufort (S.C.) – 309-316-307; 932
17. SCAD-Atlanta (Ga.) – 312-315-308; 935
- The final day begins tomorrow May 16th tee times begin in Oklahoma City at 7:30 AM
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