HOUSTON, Texas (May 18, 2018) – Totaling 16 birdies in round three, one more than the previous two rounds combined, Rollins made a big jump to seventh heading into the final day of the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Seher Atwal was one-under for the day and climbed three spots into third individually, just two shots off the lead.
Rollins shot an eight-over 296 on Friday, the second-best score of the day, and are 46-over for the event with 910 strokes (302-312-296). After a tough start to the event, the Tars are just 12 shots out of a spot in the top-five.
The University of Indianapolis has the team title all but wrapped up, leading the field at three-over (286-287-294). Barry is 24 strokes back in second (292-302-297/+27) while Nova Southeastern is third (296-292-304/+28).
"We got off to a great start today, making the turn under par," said Director of Golf/Head Coach Julie Garner. "The wind picked up and there are some tough holes on the front-nine (the Tars second nine of the day) so we had a little trouble finishing the round. But to have the second lowest round of the day was a nice way to make a move up the leader board, it was great to see our team make so many birdies today!"
Atwal stalked the top of the leaderboard the first two days and made a big move on Friday, moving up three spots into third, one of three golfers at par or better. The sophomore shot an even par-72 to start and posted a one-over 73 in round two. In the third round, she birdied the second hole, but went to one-over after back-to-back bogeys. A string of three-straight birdies to close the first-nine got her to two-under at the turn. Atwal finished with one birdie, six pars and two bogeys on the closing nine to post a one-under 71, the best score in the field.
"Seher continues to play outstanding golf," commented Garner. "We are looking forward to another solid round of tomorrow to finish our season, and the final round for our seniors Madison and Lexie."
Lexie Toth was also a big mover on Friday, shooting an even-par 72 and vaulting 16 spots to a tie for 26th at 10-over. The senior came into the day with rounds of 74-80 before going low on Friday. She was in red numbers most of the day and used four birdies against two bogeys on the first nine to hit the turn at two-under. The senior slid slightly, playing the next five holes at three-over, but got back even with a birdie on fourth to last hole.
Madison Lellyo matched her first-round score with a 76 and moved up 10 spots into a tie for 45th at 17-over (76-81-76). She posted a steady round, playing the first-nine at three-over and, after dropping another stroke, posted a birdie coming down the stretch. The senior gave the stroke back on the next hole, but still hung one of the day's low rounds.
Selin Timur had her best round of the tournament, moving into a tie for 54th at 21-over for the event. She turned in scores of 82 and 78 the first two days, posting a five-over 77 on Friday.
Lara van Staden is tied or 60th at 22-over, shooting scores of 80-81-77 for the event.
Katharina Keilich for UIndy leads the field at two-under, shooting rounds of 71-71-72.
The final round of the NCAA National Championship is set for Saturday, May 19 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. The Tars are playing with Grand Valley State and West Texas A&M, starting at 9:45 a.m. ET on hole 10. Fans can follow the action with live scoring at GolfStat.com.