Lynn extends lead to 13 strokes entering final round of championship


CONOVER, N.C. — Lynn’s top-ranked team has a 13-stroke lead heading into the final round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships at Rock Barn Golf & Spa after shooting a 291 on the par-71, 5,928-yard course for its lowest round thus far. Jessica Bradley carded a 69 to sit atop the individual player board after shooting the lowest round of the day.

Lynn shot seven-over par as a team on the front nine holes to make the turn neck-and-neck with Barry. Bradley made three of her five birdies from the day on the front nine, going back-to-back on holes five and six. After making the turn three-over par Ellen Chambers made back-to-back birdie putts on holes 10 and 11 to pick up two strokes for the Fighting Knights.

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Although Bradley played a team-best round to finish two-under par, the focus was on senior Irene Calvo who carded a 73 to improve 11 strokes from her second round score. After landing a shot in the water on hole No. 15, Calvo came up big to make bogey. She then birdied the seventeenth hole and got up and down on No. 18 to finish the round two-over par.

Louise Manalo shot a 74 in the third round to remain in a tie for fourth overall while teammate Samantha Smolen carded a 76 and is tied for 12th individually. Chambers finished the round four-over par with a 75.

Lynn shot its best round of the NCCA Championships with a 291 to shoot seven-over par. Barry and Tarleton State head into the final round tied for second place. TSU carded a 296 while the Bucs turned in a 301 in the third round. Lynn’s tournament leading 882 is the second best score in program history through 54 holes. Barry and Tarleton State both have a total score of 895 while Rollins (909) and Indianapolis (913) round out the top-5 teams.

Bradley’s 217 is her best score through 54-holes to date as she edges Central Oklahoma’s Taylor Neidy and Tarleton State’s Jessica Pickwick by one shot. A victory by Bradley would be her fourth career win and make her the all-time leader in tournament victories at Lynn.

Lynn has won four national titles in program history, the most recent in 2013 when the Fighting Knights dethroned four-time defending national champion Nova Southeastern by three strokes. The Blue & White tees off at 9:40 a.m. from hole No. 1 and will be paired with Barry and Tarleton State.

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