2014 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships Day Three Recap
By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
LINCOLN, Neb. — (Day Three Results: Team | Individual | Final Round Pairings) Paired together in the day’s final grouping off of hole No. 1, top-ranked SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and defending national champion Oklahoma City went to battle in third round action at the 2014 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships. For the second-straight year the event is being held at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The Bees, who held a three-stroke lead after 36 holes, shot an 18-over par 306 (914, 304-304-306) to conclude day three at 50-over par for the national championships. The Stars carded a 15-over par 303 (914, 302-309-303) to move into a tie with SCAD Savannah at 50-over par heading into the final round. Each of Oklahoma City’s scoring four recorded a score of 78-or-better during the third round to make up the Stars’ three-stroke deficit.
Cumberlands (Ky.) (924, 310-308-306), Bellevue (Neb.) (927, 314-314-299) and William Woods (Mo.) (935, 307-317-311) round out the top five after three rounds of play. The Bruins of Bellevue shot a national championships-low 299 to jump from sixth to fourth in the team standings.
Senior Elia Folch of Oklahoma City (220, 72-75-73)—the 2013 national runner-up—and junior Alazne Urizar of SCAD Savannah (220, 76-71,73)—the NAIA’s No. 1 golfer based on scoring average (73.64)—shot identical rounds of one-over par 73 to take the 54-hole individual lead at four-over par.
After holding the 36-hole lead, sophomore Daniela Martinez of Northwood (Texas) shot a five-over par 77 to fall to third place at seven-over par for the national championships (223, 72-74-77). Sophomore Sofia Molinaro of SCAD Savannah sits in fourth place at eight-over par (224, 74-75-75), while two golfers are tied for fifth at 10-over par.
Senior Sunny Powers of Concordia (Ore.), sophomore Kyla Clancy of Rocky Mountain (Mont.), freshman Cassidy Scantland of Campbellsville (Ky.) and freshman Lauren Kruszewski of Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) made the cut as Top 40 individuals.
The final round kicks off at 7:30 a.m. CDT Friday with the top nine teams teeing off from hole No. 1 and teams No. 10-17 and individuals beginning play at hole No. 10.
For additional information on the 2014 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships, click here.