Photo: UA Athletics(Walt Beazley)
ATHENS, Ga. (Univ. of Ark.) - A tough golf course and changing conditions took their toll on the No. 5 University of Arkansas women's golf team in the third of four rounds at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., Thursday.
Arkansas posted a 302 in the third round moving into a tie for 15th overall in the 24-team field with one round remaining.
Six teams had to finish the second round early this morning after weather chased teams from the course last night. The third round began with comfortable conditions, fast greens and a bit of wind but by the turn, Arkansas was dealing with fast-rising temperatures and greens that slowed up on an already tough course.
"The conditions were definitely a little tougher today," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "The swirling wins made club sections tough to get the ball close to the hole. Obviously we didn't have our best stuff today but we gotta go out tomorrow and play really hard and try and climb up the leaderboard."
Junior Emily Tubert lead Arkansas with a third round 74 and moves into a tie for 45th overall with teammate senior Victoria Vela with both players in the clubhouse with 222.
Tubert played the back nine one-under with a birdie on the 18th hole. She carded rounds of 75-73-74 for her 222 with one round to play.
Vela, who posted Arkansas' best round so far with a day two 71, shot 74-71-77 for 222. The Mansfield, Texas, native's lone birdied came on the nine hole just below the turn.
Freshman Gabriela Lopez shot a third round 75 and is tied for 61st overall. Lopez has posted rounds of 74-76-75. Lopez birdied the sixth hole dropping to two over but a final bogey moved her to three-over for the day.
Junior Emma Lavy had a two birdied round opening with a three on the par four 10th hole, the first of her round. She picked up another on the sixth hole and is tied for 72nd overall with a three day 227 with rounds of 73-78-76.
Freshman Regina Plasencia rounds out the Razorback scores. Plasencia is tied for 99th overall with a 230 with scores of 77-73-80.
"This team has all the tools and skills and mindset to play well on this course and I really believe we are due some breaks and can get some putts to drop," Estes-Taylor said. "We hope to end on a high note. Anytime you can compete in a championship like this it is so valuable. Every time we can tee it up we can learn. This is about continuing to develop a winning mindset and creating the winning culture we talk about all the time."
Arkansas is tied for 15th overall with a 891 (296-293-302). Top-ranked Southern California leads the field with a 17-stroke lead at 19 under 845.
Third-ranked Duke moved into second with 862 followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 7 Purdue, and No. 8 UCLA who are tied for third with 873. The rest of the top 10 includes No. 12 Arizona State with 876, No. 13 Stanford with 879, No. 14 Tulane with 881, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 38 Auburn and No. 48 San Jose State tied for ninth with 882.
The rest of the field includes No. 25 Michigan State with 887, No. 17 UC Davis and No. 9 Arizona with 890, No. 5 Arkansas and No. 24 Northwestern tied with 891, No. 35 Oregon with 893, No. 40 Mississippi State with 894, No. 6 Vanderbilt with 895, No. 15 Oklahoma State with 897, No. 18 Texas with 898, No. 32 South Carolina with 901, No. 10 Florida with 902 and No. 47 Wisconsin with 907.