Folch tied at top, OCU evens team race at NAIA Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oklahoma City University fired a round-three 303 Thursday and grabbed a share of the lead with 18 holes remaining in the NAIA Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

The Stars, ranked No. 2 in NAIA women’s golf, carded 10 birdies on the par-72, 5,962-yard course and turned in the second lowest score of the day to move into a tie for first place with SCAD-Savannah (Ga.). OCU’s Elia Folch paced the Stars with a third-round 73 and took a share of the individual lead.

“We played pretty solid today,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “We had a great start and a solid finish. We lost some shots during the middle part of the round, but overall I’m very proud of the girls and their composure today. We are looking forward to going out and competing tomorrow.”

Folch, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, birdied the first and last hole of the round and moved her three-day score to a four-over par 72-75-73—220. Folch is tied for the individual lead with Alazne Urizar of SCAD-Savannah. The pair holds a three-shot advantage over Daniela Martinez of Northwood (Texas).

Caroline Goodin, a freshman from Oklahoma City, moved into a share of seventh place with a round-three 75. Goodin carded three birdies to move her total score to 77-76-75—228.

Freshman Kailey Campbell, of Oktaha, Okla., turned in a third-round 77 and snagged a share of 15th place. Campbell rolled in a pair birdies and moved her total score to 78-75-77—230.

Anna Mikish, a freshman from Choctaw, Okla., birded the sixth and 18th holes and finished the third round with a score of 75-83-78—236. Fellow freshman Katie-Lee Wilson, of Owasso, Okla., rounded out the Stars top five with a three-day score of 83-85-82—250.

Teams saw temperatures range from high 50s to mid 70s with light winds on the day.
Fellow Sooner Athletic Conference member Northwood (Texas) finished the third round in a tie for 10th place with Indiana Tech.

OCU will return to action in the fourth and final round of the NAIA Championships Friday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.

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