Woodland earns top spot heading in to final round of NAIA Championship

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – Third-year University of Victoria Vikes golfer Megan Woodland continued to steal the show, as her three-over-par third-round score pushed the Claremont high school grad to first place prior to the final round of the 2012 NAIA National Championship.

For the final round, played May 18 at Link Hills Golf and Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn., all five competing Vikes will participate. The Vikes finished in 15th following three rounds of play with a team score of 72-over-par.

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Woodland totaled an even-par score after carding 73-70-76 across the opening three days of the championship. Oklahoma City Univeristy’s Jessica Schiele and Anna Arrese Cortadellas of Oklahoma Christian are tied for second place, only one stroke behind Woodland at one-over-par.

“Megan hit the ball fantastic today,” said head coach Bryan Carbery. “She was not paired in the premier groups, where all the leaders are, which might have helped her out a lot. She has just been outstanding for us though.”

The top 17 teams qualify for Friday’s final round of NAIA action, meaning Vikes Brynn Tomie, Victoria Kondrak, Michaela Misener and Cari Chow will also take to the field.

The UBC Thunderbirds continued on pace entering the final round as the top team by a single stroke over Savannah College of Art and Design. UBC and Savannah College lead with 32-over-par and 33-over-par, respectively.

Tomie rounded up the day with a six-over-par, 79, to finish tied for 43rd overall. First-year golfer Chow shot her lowest score in the third round, also at six-over-par, 79 to finish tied for 90th, while Kondrak carded an 86 for a 97th place tie and Misener finished tied for 114th with a third round score of 87.

15 – Victoria (308-320-320: 948) +28
1 Megan Woodland (73-70-76: 219) E
T-43- Brynn Tomie (75-81-79: 235) +16
T-90 Cari Chow (84-84-79: 247) +28
T-97 Victoria Kondrak (78-85-86: 249) +30
T-114 Michaela Misener (82-88-87: 257) +38         

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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