OCU builds 10-shot lead going into final round of NAIA Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oklahoma City University fired 305 for the second straight day and grabbed a 10-stroke lead after three rounds of the NAIA Championships Thursday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

The Stars, ranked No, 2 in NAIA women’s golf, moved to 310-305-305–920 after 54 holes on the par-72, 5,978-yard course and stretched their lead to double digits with one round remaining. No. 4 British Colombia finished the third round 10 shots off the lead and one stroke ahead of No. 5 Lubbock Christian (Texas).

Senior Jessica Schiele carded a round-three 74 and improved her individual lead to eight strokes. Sofia Molinaro of SCAD (Ga.) finished the third round in second place and Elia Folch finished 10 shots off the lead in fourth place.

“Today was a grind for us,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “We started poorly, but we did a great job of keeping our composure and finished strong.”

Teams saw temperatures from high 50s to low 70s with wind gust as high as 22 mph under mostly overcast skies.

Schiele, of Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England, holed four birdies and moved her three-day total to 75-68-74–217.

Folch, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, made birdie on the sixth, 14th and 17th holes to move into a tie for fourth place with 75-78-74–227.

Taylor Howard, a senior from Ada, Okla., eagled the 14th hole and finished the third round with 78-80-79–237. Senior Tanya Tibshraeny, of Westhaven, Kirkwood, South Africa, finished round No. 3 with 84-80-78–242 and fellow senior Mary Larsh, of Edmond, Okla., posted 82-79-84–245 after 54 holes.

The forecast for the final round of the NAIA Championships calls for a high of 72 degrees with a southeast wind at 20 mph and a 30 percent chance of rain.

OCU will enter the fourth and final round of the NAIA Championships with the lead for the first time since 2009. The Stars will tee off at 9 a.m. Friday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

Live scoring for the tournament will be available here. Go here for a live video stream of the greens on the ninth and 18 holes as well as the first and 10th tee boxes.
 

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