Auburn dropped two spots in round three of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, but the Tigers survived the first cut with plenty of room to spare following Sunday’s round. AU will begin Monday’s competition at Grayhawk Golf Club in fifth place.
Auburn posted an 11-over-par total of 299, nine shots higher than its Saturday score and three strokes worse than its opening round on Friday.
The nine teams with the worst scores after Sunday’s round are out of the competition. Auburn’s three-day total is 885 and trails no. 1 ranked Stanford, which has an even par total of 864. The Cardinal have a nine shot advantage over their conference rival and the nation’s No. 2 ranked team, the Oregon Ducks.
Texas A&M is at 877 as the Aggies passed Auburn and two other teams on Sunday with an even par round. Also ahead of Auburn is UCLA, which is 14-over-par at 878, seven shots better than the Tigers.
Following 18 holes of competition on Monday that is scheduled to include television coverage on The Golf Channel, stroke play will be concluded and the top eight squads will compete for the team national championship in a match play format.
The highlight of round three for the Tigers was a seven-stroke improvement by senior Kaleigh Telfer, who posted a one-under-par round of 71. She finished the day with four birdies, one bogey and one double bogey to go with a dozen pars.
Elina Sinz posted the next best score for Coach Melissa Luellen’s team with a 74. The sophomore finished her round with two birdies, four bogeys and the rest of the holes were pars.
Anna Foster got off to a rough start with three consecutive bogeys before making two more bogeys to go with a single birdie.
Auburn’s fourth counting score came from senior Mychael O’Berry, who had an even rougher start than Foster as she opened with a bogey, a double bogey and a bogey. O’Berry added two more bogeys and one birdie in round three.
Megan Schofill, who was in contention for the individual championship at the halfway point of stroke play, posted an 82 in round three that the Tigers did not have to count. Her round was devoid of birdies and included six bogeys and two double bogeys.
“On a championship golf course, over 72 holes, you’re probably going to have one off day,” Luellen said. “I would say this is our off day. We’re going into tomorrow with the mindset that we are outside the top eight because it’s going to be a battle. We’ll bring that mindset and tenacity and focus. ”
The coach said she liked what she saw from Telfer and Sinz. “Telf hit the ball really well today. She did a little work on the range afterwards and responded really well and I thought Elina was clutch. She played solid all day. ”
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