DESTIN, Fla. — UT Tyler freshman Laura Lindsey continues to top the field at the NCAA Division III National Golf Tournament, while both Patriot golf teams are in contention for a national championship after Thursday’s round.
Lindsey, a freshman from Montgomery, leads the medalist race by three strokes entering today’s final round. She is at 221 (72-72-77) and has led the tourney all three rounds on the par-72 Baytowne Golf Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Kelsey Morrison of George Fox University and Jennifer Sullivan of Methodist are tied for second at 224.
In the team race, American Southwest Conference squad Mary Hardin-Baylor (306-311-311) leads with a 928. UT Tyler, also an ASC team, is second at 935 (309-308-318).
The Patriots broke their school record for a round both on Tuesday (309) and Wednesday (308).
George Fox is third at 943, while Methodist, which has won 13 straight Division III national titles, is fourth at 948. Williams College is fifth at 957. There are 21 teams entered.
Other UT Tyler golfers include Marina Rhodes (T7, 74-79-80—233), Jordan Sloane (T27, 83-77-81—241), Taylor Sloane (T58, 80-80-91—251) and Katie Crawford (T68, 90-86-80—256).
The Patriots will try to take a bite out of the Transylvania lead as the final round is today at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The teams played the par-71 Raven course on Thursday.
Transylvania leads at 876 (288-291-297), followed by UT Tyler at 878 (293-286—299).
Both the Patriots and Pioneers are seeking their first national title.
Methodist is third at 887, followed by Illinois Wesleyan (893), Emory (896) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (896).
UT Tyler’s Buddy Hallman, a freshman from Richmond, is tied for second in the medalist race with a 215 (75-70-70). He is tied with Southwestern’s Cameron Button (70-67-78). Brad Shigezawa of C-M-S leads at 211 (72-70-69).
Patriot Joey Rippel, a senior from Sugar Land, is tied for ninth at 220 (71-73-76) and teammate John Dukes, a senior from Rockwall, is tied for 13th at 221 (72-70-79).
Other UT Tyler golfers are Trent Boudoin (T23, 75-73-74—222) and Dayton Cargill (T71, 81-77-80—238).