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Knights slide to sixth at NCAA Championships

May 16, 2019 at 10:13 pm
Alyssa Aikiyama
Alyssa Aikiyama
Photo: David Pape


HOUSTON, Texas – The third round of a four-day tournament is often referred to as “moving day,” a chance to make a move up the leaderboard. However, at the NCAA Division III Golf Championships, most of the shifting happened in the second round as Thursday saw only two teams shift more than two spots in the standings. The Carleton College women’s golf team fell to sixth despite carding a 316, tied for the fifth-best NCAA Championships round in program history.

Each of the first three rounds at Bay Oak Country Club has ended with a different team sitting atop the standings. University of Redlands paced the field on Tuesday but has dropped all the way to 11th place. New York University grabbed the top spot after round two, only to be leapfrogged on Thursday by Williams College, which posted a tournament-low score of 300 and now leads NYU by eight strokes, 915 to 923.

Defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (926) moved into third place, while Methodist University (934) slipped to fourth in the standings. DePauw University (935) elbowed its way into fifth place, flip-flopping spots with Carleton (938).

Despite tallying three of the five lowest NCAA Championships rounds in school history, the Knights find themselves 23 shots behind Williams entering the final round.

Ziyi Wang (Sr./Beijing City, China/Lighthouse Christian Academy) fired a 5-over par 77 and now sits fifth on the individual leaderboard. Her round included a tumble into a bunker on No. 6, leading to a triple bogey and a short injury break. She maintained her composure, however, and played the other 17 holes in only 2-over par.

Kristin Miyagi (Fy./Honolulu, Hawaii/'Iolani School) was second on the Knights with a third-round 78. She is now tied for 41st (total score of 237) in the 131-player field.

Alyssa Akiyama (Jr./Terrace Park, Ohio/Seven Hills School) birdied two of the last three holes and finished with an 80. She is tied for 44th with a three-day score of 238.

Stumbles on No. 12 and No. 16 sabotaged an otherwise very solid round for senior Ayumi Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/ʻIolani School). She played those two holes a combined seven-over but was only 2-over par on the other 16 holes to finish with an 81.

Abby Euyang (So./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) carded an 82 on Thursday and is tied for 52nd with 241 strokes.

Carleton picked up six birdies on Thursday, increasing its tournament total to 24, third-best in the field.

In the race for the individual title, Rhodes College senior Emily Salamy moved into sole possession of the top spot with her third-round 74 giving her a three-day total of 223. Cordelia Chan of Williams and Centre College’s Emily Plourde matched Salamy’s 74 and are tied for second place individually at 224. Christopher Newport’s Erica Whitehouse is in fourth place with a 225, and Wang holds fifth place after carding 226.

For Friday’s final round, the field was narrowed to the top 15 teams and low six individuals not on one of those teams. Carleton tees off a 8:20 a.m. and will play with Methodist and DePauw.

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