Vanderbilt continued to improve its scores and its position Thursday at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.
The Commodores shot a 3-over, 291 in the third round at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. That was one stroke better than they did in the second round and five strokes better than in the first round.
With 18 holes to play, Vanderbilt is sixth, four strokes behind fifth-place Arizona and 21 shots off the lead held by Purdue.
The program’s best finish at the NCAA championship was fifth in 2004.
Senior Brooke Goodwin was the Commodores’ top performer for the second straight day. She made birdies on two of her first four holes and finished with a 70 (2-under), the best round by a VU player thus far.
Marina Alex and Lauren Stratton each shot 73 (1-over). Alex, the SEC Player of the Year, was 2-over after a double bogey on her seventh hole but made two birdies and one bogey the rest of the way. Stratton was 1-under through 12 holes but made two bogeys down the stretch.
“It’s nice seeing our senior playing well,” coach Greg Allen said. “We’re in sixth place with a 4-over par from Marina, which means we really have an all-around team effort going.”
Men contend at East Regional
Ryan Haselden made four straight birdies on his way to a 2-under par 68 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Golf East Regional at The Course at Yale.
The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championship.
Haselden finished the round tied for seventh in the individual standings, four strokes off the lead.
He was one shot better than teammate Hudson Johnson, who made three birdies and two bogeys in his round. Johnson was one of nine players tied for ninth place.