Four ACC Teams advance to Round 4 of NCAA Women’s Golf Championship
Duke, Virginia, North Carolina & Florida State among 15 teams to play Monday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Led by fifth-ranked Duke, four ACC teams have advanced to fourth round of stroke play at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship played at the Par 72, 6331-yard Eugene Country Club Course in Eugene, Oregon.
Keyed by a third successive sub-par round by freshman Virginia Elena Carta, the Blue Devils (862) carded an eight-under 280, tying for the lowest round of the championship, and trails team-leading Southern California (860) by two strokes.
ACC Champion Virginia (873) with a two-under round of 286 is tied with Arizona for eighth place, 11 strokes behind Duke and 13 strokes off of the lead. With a three-over round of 291, North Carolina (881) moved from 17th place into a tie with Arkansas for 12th while Florida State is 15th with a 19-over par 883.
A trio of talented ACC freshmen figure prominently in competition for the women’s individual title. Duke’s Carta, a native of Udine, Italy, enters the final round with a six-stroke lead over Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho, Miami’s Dewi Weber and Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight.
Kupcho carded a five-under 67, while Weber, the second round co-leader, finished with a two-over 74. Virginia senior Lauren Coughlin shot a four-under 68 and is tied for seventh, nine strokes off of the lead.
Carta looks to become the fourth Blue Devil to win the NCAA Championship, joining Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002), Candy Hannemann (2003) and Anna Grzebien (2005).
Play will continue tomorrow with the fourth round of the championship. The top eight teams will then qualify for match play starting on Tuesday. Live results can be found on Golfstat.com as well as the ncaa.com.