WashU Climbs Leaderboard Heading into Final Round

Photo by Sara Burton
Photo by Sara Burton

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., May 10, 2018 – The No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team ascended the leaderboard during Thursday's action at the NCAA Division III National Championships by firing a team-best 320 third round score at the El Campeon Golf Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club.

The Bears moved into 10th place and secured a spot in Friday's final round of nationals, as the top 15 teams from the field of 25 advanced. No. 2-ranked Claremont Mudd Scripps leads the pack with a three-day total of 944 (311, 317, 316) while No. 4 Williams 948 (311, 322, 315), No. 1 George Fox 952 (326, 321, 305), No. 3 New York 957 (321, 317, 319) and No. 10 Carnegie Mellon 959 (321, 318, 320) round out the leaderboards top five.

"I'm very proud of how each player fought through adversity today," said head coach Ellen Port. "We shot our lowest team score of the tournament and played with poise and perseverance. I'm very excited we get to play as a team on day four of the tournament and look to continue to climb the leaderboard tomorrow."

WashU's 54-hole total is 985 (333, 332, 320) behind sophomore Samantha Haubenstock's team-leading 234 (80, 77, 77). The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Second Team All-American made another strong push up the board Thursday by combining a pair of birdies with 10 pars. Haubenstock sits in eighth place a season after tying for fifth individually.

Senior Erin Drolet finished round three in the 70s, totaling 79 strokes with a pair of birdies on the front-nine, while freshman Gigi Garcia excelled on the back-nine leading to a seven-over 80.

Haubenstock is tied for seventh with seven birdies on the tournament. After three rounds, WashU has totaled 18 as a team which is tied for eighth. The Bears are tied for 12th with 124 pars.

Rounding out the Bears lineup were junior Chloe DiPetrillo (84) and sophomore Emily Carnes (86).  WashU had a stellar showing on the back-nine, with Haubenstock (+1), Garcia (+2) and DiPetrillo (+3) firing just a few strokes over par. Drolet concluded the round with two-over 38 on the front nine to post a 79.

WashU will wrap up the NCAA Division III National Championship Friday, May 11 in Howey-in-the-Pines, Fla. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Team Score: 985 (333, 332, 320)

8. Samantha Haubenstock – 234 (80, 77, 77)

T56. Gigi Garcia – 252 (87, 85, 80)

T61. Chloe DiPetrillo – 253 (81, 88, 84)

T64. Erin Drolet – 254 (93, 82, 79)

T86. Emily Carnes – 262 (85, 91, 86)