2012 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship Day 3 Recap
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - (Team Results | Individual Results | Final Round Pairings) Both the team and individual leaderboards are close at the top, as the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships enters its final round after the third round was completed Thursday at Link Hills Country Club.
On the team leaderboard, British Columbia maintained their 36-hole lead, posting a 304 as a team in the third round to put themselves at a 54-hole low of 908 (+32). The Thunderbirds will look to win their second NAIA Women's Golf National Title in three years tomorrow (they won in 2010), and their fourth in program history.
Just behind British Columbia is SCAD Savannah (Ga.) at a 909 (+33) total, after they also posted a third round 304. The Bees will look to pass British Columbia on Friday, and in the process win the school's first NAIA Women's Golf National Title.
Seven full shots behind SCAD is Shorter (Ga.) at 916 (+40), while William Woods (Mo.) sits in fourth, with a total three-round score of 917 (+41). Rounding out the top five on the team side is Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at 920 (+44).
On the individual end, scores were much higher in round three compared to the second round, as Victoria's (Canada) Megan Woodland moved up into the lead on the leaderboard after firing a 76 (+3) to post a 54-hole total score of even-par 219.
Hot on the heels of Woodland are two players - Anna Arrese Cortadellas of Oklahoma Christian, and Jessica Schiele of Oklahoma City - who both sit at +1 (220). Cortadellas posted an even-par 73 in round three, while Schiele shot 75 (+2) on the day.
Rounding out the top five are SCAD's Nikki Stewart (221 total, +2), who slipped from first to fourth after posting a 79, and William Woods' Jamie Palermo, who has owns a total score of 222 (+3) after firing a 75 on the day.
In other news, two feats were achieved on the golf course during the morning session of groupings. First, College of Idaho's Baylee Borches posted double eagle two on the 420-yard, par five first hole, after holing out her second shot from 175 yards out with a hybrid iron.
"I hit my shot, and I told myself that it was pretty good," Borches said. "I couldn't see the pin from where I was hitting, so when I got to the green, one of the parents told be to look down into the hole, and there my ball was. It was crazy. I never had a double eagle before. I couldn't even believe it."
The next notable feat was recorded by Madonna's (Mich.) Kaitlyn Brasher, who had a hole-in-one on the 176 yard, par three sixth. Brasher hit a seven-wood off the tee, as the ace was the first of her career.
"I was kind of in shock when it went in," Brasher said. "It was pretty exciting. I wouldn't want to have [a hole-in-one] in any other tournament than at a National Championship."
Action gets underway in the fourth and final round of the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf Championships tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. (EST). Fans are reminded that they can see updated tee time, and follow all the action live via live stats by clicking here.