BRYAN, Texas – University of Arkansas senior Kelli Shean fired a one-under 71 and moved into the top 10 after the No. 11 Razorbacks came off the course in the morning flight of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Bryan, Texas, Friday.
Arkansas posted its second consecutive 296 and is in the clubhouse with an 897 (305-296-296). It was the second lowest round of the morning flight. The afternoon flight teed off and played a little more than half of their round when the tournament was halted for lightning at 3:29 p.m. Play is expected to resume.
"It was harder today than yesterday," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "Kelli and Emily (Tubert) played well, so solid, today and to be one-under is just fantastic today.
"If we can all fire on the same day, we can make a charge," Estes-Taylor said. "We have to go out, execute the game plan and see what happens. We have to rest and get ready for the final round."
Shean had a good day with a 71 with rounds of 75-70-71 for 216. She was tied for ninth overall with the afternoon competitors still on the course.
Shean was even through the front nine and bounced around a bit on the back nine. She birdied 10 and 12 moving to two under but gave it back with bogeys on 13 and 14. She carded a two on the par three 16th hole moving back to one-under where she would remain for her round.
"I was able to keep myself in the fairways and hit a few greens out there today," Shean said. "I think I left a lot of putts out there and I want to work on that. My rhythm and balance were good today. I hit my driver a little funky but my iron play was solid. You can’t force it with the win.
"We have to stick to the game plan and try to make some birdie putts out there in the last round," Shean added.
Freshman Tubert matched Shean with a one-under 71. Tubert posted rounds of 76-73-71 for 220. Tubert birded four and nine and turned at two-under through the front side. She suffered a bogey on 11 when her putt slipped by the edge of the cup.
"I probably had 10-12 putts inside of 10 feet that I just didn’t make today," Tubert said. "It was a solid round and it was the best I’ve ever hit the ball. I rolled the ball well but nothing fell. One-under is still solid in these conditions."
Senior Corinna Rees had a solid round and finished with a five-over 77 on the third day. She is through three with 77-79-77 for 233. The Pebble Beach, Calif., native was in good shape through nine holes turning at one-over but two birdies and a double on 12 elevated her score.
Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy had a solid day playing six-over for a 78. She is counting 80-74-78 for 232. Lavy has bogeyed 13 and 17 in all three rounds this week.
Sophomore Victoria Vela rounds out the scoring with a third-round 77 Friday. Vela is in the clubhouse with a 77-79-77 for 233. Vela was plus-four at the turn and settled in to play the back nine one-over. She made six consecutive birdies to end her round.