Furman’s Anna Morgan had a solid third round and is on track for a top-5 finish or better going into the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Women’s championship.
South Carolina will at least play one more round as USC won a playoff for the 15th and final spot to advance to the final round of stroke play.
Morgan now T-5 with one round to go
Furman’s Anna Morgan is hanging in the top-five at the NCAA Women’s finals in Arizona.
Morgan started with a pair of bogeys, but ended her third round with a birdie to stand at 1-over par after 54 holes.
It looks like Stanford’s Rose Zhang may be the NCAA Individual champion.
The number one player in the country shot a 3-under par 69 to go into the final round at 9-under par with a 7-shot lead over Jenny Bae from Georgia.
Morgan is again involved in a log jam for 5th.
There are five other golfers tied at that position, all are 10 shots behind Zhang.
Morgan will begin her final round at 12:23 local time on the 10th tee.
NCAA Women’s Individual scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=24975
Gamecocks win playoff to keep their season going
The Gamecocks are once again living on the edge at the NCAA Women’s championship.
As has often been the case, a highly ranked Gamecock golf team has to shake off a bad start, an indifferent second round and mount a rally in the third round to be able to play the last day.
The Gamecocks did it again. They started the day in 18th place, three back of the cut line at 15 teams.
South Carolina shot its best round of the tournament so far posting a 297 to finish regulation play in a tie with Wake Forest for the last spot to advance to the final stroke play round.
In the playoff, South Carolina survived shooting a combined score of its five golfers 22 to 23.
Dodging one bullet, the Gamecocks can now take aim at jumping up to the eighth spot to earn a place in the Match Play bracket.
South Carolina would have to pick up 15 shots to catch either LSU or San Jose State for the eighth spot.
South Carolina’s Mathilde Claisse turned in an even par 72 as did Louise Rydqvist. Worapitcha Anudit was next with a 75 and Justine Fournand shot a 78.
The Gamecocks made a line-up change installing Paula Kirner in Annika Award finalist Hanna Darling’s spot. Kimer shot an 84 and is listed in the USC lineup on Golfstat for the final round.
The 8th ranked player in the country, Darling had shot rounds of 75 and 78 before being replaced.
South Carolina will play with Texas and Virginia starting from the first tee at 10:am local time.
Team scores for 54 holes at the NCAA Women’s Championship https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=24975