TULSA, Okla., – No. 14 ranked senior Tonje Daffinrud (Tonsberg, Norway) of the University of Denver women’s golf team has completed the third round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship on Thursday from the par 70, 6,194-yard Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. She sits at five-over par for the tournament. The veteran will end her historic season, and career as a Pioneer tomorrow when she competes in the last round at the 2014 NCAA Championship. Daffinrud will tee off at 11:15 MT, Friday, May 23. Holes 16, 17 and 18 will be streamed live at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule
After carding the best score ever by a Pioneer in the initial round of Nationals at three-under par and leading the tournament, the Norwegian followed it up with two, four-over par rounds and sits in a tie for 16th among the 126 student-athlete leaderboard. Daffinrud rallied in the third round carding five-pars in a row. On the back-nine, she had one birdie and was one-over par. She has a chance to finish in the top-eight of the individual leaderboard being just three-strokes back, and eight-strokes back of the tournament leaders from Duke and Southern California.
After posting the best scoring average for a single season in program history, the Norwegian has a chance of finishing with the best score ever recorded by a Pioneer at Nationals. Stephanie Sherlock recorded a three-over par in 2008, where she finished in a tie for fifth.
“Today was a tough day,” said head coach Lindsay Kuhle. “The wind wasn’t a factor but unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of birdies. Tonje hit 11 greens, but just couldn’t get many putts to drop. She had two great up and downs from bunkers and made a great par on 18 from a buried lie in the bunker to save par. I know Tonje is excited to go in her final round as a Pioneer tomorrow. We worked on her putting and she hit balls after the round and feels really confident. We can’t wait for tomorrow.”
Duke’s Celine Boutier and USC’s Doris Chen are the tournament leaders at three-under par, while three players are at even-par to round out the top-five in scoring.
The 72-hole marathon of the NCAA Golf Championship concludes tomorrow with the fourth and final round beginning at 6:00 a.m. MT.
Live scoring available on www.golfstat.com
TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS:
What: NCAA Golf Division 1 Golf Championship
Dates: Tuesday, May 20 through Friday May 23
Course: Tulsa Country Club
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tournament Host: University of Washington
Course Par: 70
Format: Three-days, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day.
TEAMS COMPETING: 24 Teams
Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Campbell, Duke, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Southern California, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington.
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