Round 3 recap: USC 18 holes away from a 'ship
USC is still comfortably on top after the third round of the NCAA women's golf championships, cruising with a 17-stroke lead going into the final round on Friday. Like Wednesday, the Pac-12 still has four teams - USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford - in the top seven, while Arizona and Oregon are in the bottom half of the 24-team field.
— Stanford W Golf (@StanfordWGolf) May 23, 2013
It caused a rough start for Stanford, which had three of its golfers record a double-bogey on the front nine. The back nine was friendlier to Anne Walker's young women, but the Cardinal ended having its highest round by 11 strokes with a 301 (+13) that dropped the Card to eighth at 15-over. Lauren Kim was the low Card today at 1-over, while Georgia native Mariah Stackhouse (aka @MoStacksBirdies - I still can't get over how awesome that Twitter handle is) shot a 74 to drop to 2-under and stay in a tie for seventh. Stanford's top-two golfers for the tournament both are freshmen - good sign for the future of Cardinal women's golf. At the very least, it looks like Stanford will vastly improve upon its last-place finish at this event in 2012.
UA finished round 2 this AM after Wed's weather delay. A score of 295 moved UA to 15th place before teeing off for round 3 at 8:36 a.m. ET.
— Arizona Women's Golf (@UAWomensGolf) May 23, 2013
Now, let's tell you how the 'Cats completed their third round: 9-over to jump into a tie for 13th at 26-over. Manon Gidali had the best round of the day for Laura Ianello and friends, registering a 73 with the help of a couple of birdies in the first half of her round. She is now 6-over for the tournament, two shots off the team low set by Andrea Vilarasau, who ended up birdieing her 18th hole of the second round earlier in the day to complete her second round at even par (she was +4 today).
— Oregon Women's Golf (@OregonWGolf) May 23, 2013
Sky Seo carded a 73 today and is now 8-over for the tournament.