CMS Women's Golf Holds in Eighth Place Heading into Final Round of NCAAs
HOUSTON, Texas – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team had its lowest score of the tournament (302) as it maintained its position in eighth place after the third round of the NCAA Championships on Thursday at Bay Oaks Country Club.
CMS remained in the top 10 after starting the tournament in 11th after Tuesday's opening round 311 and bumping up three spots into eighth after a 303 on Wednesday, standing at +52 after three rounds. The Athenas also finished well above the cutline for tomorrow's final round of the tournament, which will consist of the top 15 teams in the field (of 29), as CMS was 38 shots clear of 16th place.
Emory has built a commanding 24-shot lead in the race for the team title at +15, well ahead of second-place Redlands at +39, while George Fox (+42), Williams (+44) and Carnegie Mellon (+44) place third through fifth. Pomona-Pitzer (+46) and Methodist (+47) are sixth and seventh as the first teams for CMS to try to catch tomorrow on the final day, while WashU is in ninth, nine shots behind the Athenas at +61.
Stella Cheng shot a 74 and remains the top player for the Athenas on the individual leaderboard, holding in the top 20 in a tie for 17th place (out of 151 golfers) at +8. Irene Jun stands in a tie for 35th place at +14 after a third-round 76, while Tiffany Hu carded a 75 on Thursday to move up to 38th at +15.
CMS was especially strong on the front nine to make a move up into the top five briefly. Cheng had a couple of front-nine birdies to hit the turn at -2, while Jun also birdied the ninth to finish the front nine at even par. Hu birdied the second and fourth to hit the turn at even par as well. Grace Lu had the strongest back nine on the Athenas, picking up birdies on No. 13 and No. 16 to shoot even-par over the final nine holes and end with a 77 (+5) on the day.
The final round of the NCAA Championships will get underway tomorrow morning, as the Athenas will look to move up the team ladder and contend for one of the top four spots (which receive NCAA trophies).