Women's Golf NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 20

May 20, 2010

Florida State Tied For Ninth At NCAA
State freshman Jessica Negron carded her second sub par round of the tournament with a one-under par 71 to lead the Seminoles into a tie for ninth place in the team standings with only one round remaining in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship at the Country Club of Landfall. The Seminoles begin play in Friday's final round looking to earn the first ever top 10 NCAA finish in the sport of women's golf. Florida State's best finish in the NCAA Championship is 13th during the 1999 season.

Florida State vaulted from a tie for 11th after two rounds into a tie for ninth after three rounds with the eighth best team score of the third round. Purdue, which moved into first place during the third round, scored a 280. The Seminoles' 294 total was tied Alabama for the eighth best round of the 24 teams competing in the event. The Seminoles finished six strokes over par for the day.

Purdue swept into first place in the team standings surpassing Southern California for the top spot. The Boilermakers will play with the Trojans and Arizona State in the final grouping as the three teams fight to earn the coveted title of national champion. Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State is the individual leader with a nine under par score of 207.

Ellenbogen Notches Career-Best 69 On Thursday at NCAAs
Heading into the third round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, the Duke women's golf team had its sights set on making one of its usual comebacks, but it was not meant to be as the Blue Devils carded a 12-over-par, 300, and is in tied for 13th place overall with 18 holes left at the 6,368-yard, Par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

Duke fired an even-par, 288, on day one but over the last two rounds the Blue Devils struggled with totals of 303 and 300 and enter Friday's final round with a 54-hole ledger of 891. Holding the team lead is Purdue, after carding a team-best eight-under-par, 280, on Thursday. The Boilermakers (858) own a seven shot lead over Southern California (865), while Arizona State (871), Alabama (871), Arizona (875), Vanderbilt (879), UCLA (882), Auburn (884), Florida State (885), Texas A&M (885), Oklahoma State (885), South Carolina (890), Duke (891), Pepperdine (891) and Virginia (892) round out the top 15 teams.

Out of the last 13 NCAA Championships, Duke has finished out of the top seven only twice -- 2000 (14th) and 2003 (T10th) so the Blue Devils will be looking to close strong on Friday in the final round.

Cavalier Women’s Golfers Drop to 15th at NCAAs
The 13th-ranked Virginia women’s golf team had its worst round of tournament, shooting 19-over 307 to fall back to 15th place at the NCAA Championships taking place at the Country Club of Landfall in

Wilmington, N.C. UVa's 54-hole score stands at 28-over 892. The 72-hole tournament concludes Friday. Virginia entered Thursday’s third round in seventh place.

The Cavaliers enter Friday’s final round with a three-day total of 28-over 892. Virginia shot 294 and 291 in the event’s first two rounds.

Purdue overtook USC to grab the team lead at 6-under 858. The Trojans are second at 1-over 865 and Arizona State and Alabama are tied for third at 7-over 871.