HOUSTON – With a score of five-over par 77, Amanda Gartrell was able to move up two spots in the third round of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships with one round remaining. The sophomore from Lakeland is now tied for 43rd overall.
Gartrell started her day at Bay Oaks Country Club with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 and made the turn at one-over. She then bogeyed the first four holes on the back nine but recovered to par the final five. It was the second day in a row Gartrell bounced back from a difficult stretch in the middle of her round to shoot even-par or better over the last five holes.
Now with scores of 76, 79, and 77, Gartrell has a total score of 232 (+16) that puts her right in the middle of 12 golfers who qualified for the national finals as individuals.
For the third day in a row, a different player has the individual lead with Katharina Keilich of Indianapolis taking that spot from teammate Kylie Raines on Friday. Keilich is now the only golfer in the tournament to have shot even-par or better in all three rounds and had a 72 that gives her a one-stroke lead over another of her Indianapolis teammates, Paxton DeHaven. Keilich is at two-under-par 214 for the tournament, DeHaven is at one-under, Seher Atwal of Rollins is in third place at even-par 216, and Raines is now fourth at +2.
With three of the top four, and four of the top-10 golfers in the tournament, Indianapolis pulled further ahead in the team standings as the 2nd-ranked Greyhounds had the top round for the third day in a row. They now lead defending champion and 4th-ranked Barry by 24 shots. Top-ranked Nova Southeastern is third, trailing Indianapolis by 25 shots.
The final round of the championships begins Saturday morning at 8:30 Central Time/9:30 Eastern with Gartrell again in the first wave.