May 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - With a 13-over-par 301, Stanford moved back into seventh through three rounds of the NCAA D1 Women's Golf Championships on Thursday at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
"The freshmen are pacing the squad and that says a lot about the program going forward," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women's Golf. "They are mature and have plenty of game to go low at any time."
Stackhouse (72-68-74) remained in the top-10, tying for seventh at 214 (-2). Five strokes back and five spots up the individual leaderboard from yesterday was Kim (71-75-73) who tied for 24th with 219.
"Twenty-three holes is a long stretch of holes not to make a single birdie," said Kim who made no birdies in the second round but came back today with birdies on the sixth and eighth holes. "I was starting to feel like I was in a rut and needed a push to help me get out of it. I had already missed a prime 8-foot birdie opportunity on the fourth, so when I hit it to about 17 feet on the sixth I didn't give myself the option of missing. I saw it going in the hole and it did. It was nice to reconnect with the feeling of getting a birdie again. It definitely helped with momentum and positive thoughts."
No. 1 (Golfweek) USC continued to lead the 24-team field with three consistent under-par rounds of 284-276-285 for an overall 845 (-19). Seventeen strokes back in second was No. 3 Duke (286-289-287) with 862.
There was a three-way tie for third at 873 between No. 7 Purdue (289-289-295), No. 2 Alabama (288-284-301), and No. 6 UCLA (289-287-297).
In sixth was No. 13 Arizona State (293-287-296) with an 876. Three strokes behind came the No. 10 Cardinal (290-288-301), in seventh, with 879.
"The course played much tougher today," Walker said. "The wind was blowing and it was difficult to hold some of the greens. We were doing well through 13 holes but ran out of steam coming down the stretch."
Tumangan (71-72-77) tied for 33rd at 220, while Watson (76-73-77) carded a 226 to tie for 67th. Frasier (84-76-77) tied for 121st with 237.
"We came here with a goal to finish top-10," Walker continued. "We are well within that range at this time. Going into tomorrow the forecast is for more wind, so it will be wide open for a low score to make a move. I believe we can take home some hardware if some putts fall."
Stanford tees off the 10th hole at 12:56 p.m. (ET) with Tulane and Oklahoma.
“I just want to post a solid number tomorrow,” Kim said. “Hopefully I can get it under par and see where that puts me. After five rounds on this course, I think just accepting mistakes for what they are and not getting too upset over a bad shot is what will be the most important. I know now how to identify when I am losing patience, so tomorrow I am hoping to manage disappointment better. Other than that, my goal is to play “boring” golf and capitalize on every birdie chance I have out there.”
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