San Jose State’s Natasha Andrea Oon. Photos by Morgan Engel, NCAA Photos
Individual stroke play leader Stanford’s Rose Zhang teed off early under excellent conditions. She bogeyed the first hole, however, but got it back nine holes later at the 10th. Cruising along at even par on the backside, Zhang caught fire on the final three holes to finish at 3-under 69 for the day, -9 for the individual championship.
In the same group Tze-Han Lin of Oregon shot 1-under 71 for the second day in a row. She birdied the third, bogeyed the 10th, and then moved back to red numbers with a birdie at the 18th hole. She’s tied for second place at -2 with Georgia’s Jenny Bae.
The Bull Dog moved up to second place, a 17-spot jump, with the round of the day: 5-under-par 67. Bae teed off in the morning on No. 10, birdied Nos. 11, 14 and 15 and made the turn with a clean -3. She then picked up three more strokes on the front side to settle seven strokes off Zhang’s pace.
“She’s one of the best players in the world, and she’s got it going,” said Josh Brewer, Georgia head coach. “Going back on day one, after nine holes, I told her, ‘I looked up in the record books and you would have the worst six-hole start ever to come back and win the (individual) championship.’”
Natasha Andrea Oon of San Jose State continues to move up the leaderboard – this time 7 spots – thanks to a 2-under 70. She sits in solo-fourth place at -1, eight strokes back.
Six players finished the third round tied for fifth place. Of them, Stanford’s Sadie Englemann made the biggest move, 14 spots, thanks to a 2-under 70. Jennie Park, Texas A&M; Ty Akabane, UCLA; Ingrid Lindblad, LSU; Anna Morgan, Furman; and Beth Lillie, Virginia joined Englemann at +1 for the championship.
Virginia’s Beth Lillie and Oregon’s Tze-Han Lin (Photos by Morgan Engel, NCAA Photos)