COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Duke University sophomore Lindy Duncan carded a two-under-par, 70, on Friday in the third round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship to move into the top five with 18 holes remaining at the 6,260-yard, par 72 Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.
Play for the third round didn't finish after an hour and 50 minute delay to inclement weather. Six teams didn't conclude action on Friday evening.
After struggling out of the gate the first two rounds, Duncan had a nice start on Friday with five straight pars. Duncan, who is out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had great up-and-downs on the third and fourth holes for par to keep her momentium going early.
"It was a good round as I hit it real solid pretty much all day," said Duncan. "I got off to a better start today, which was nice. I hit some close shots and converted for some birdies."
She then registered her first birdie of the day on the 354-yard, par four sixth hole as she hit a sand wedge to within three feet and sank the putt. After a par on the seventh hole, she hit a wedge to seven feet and drained her second birdie of the morning.
"The wind was really swirly I felt like and was pretty strong all day," said Duncan. "It looks like luckly we beat some bad weather this afternoon, maybe some lightening. The wind hasn't let up all day. It was pretty hard and the pins are what you expect with a national championship. They were pretty tough most of the day."
On the 372-yard, par four ninth hole, she struggled getting on the green and had a 40-foot putt and was able to roll in a key par to make the turn at two-under-par, 34. Duncan opened the back nine with her third birdie of the round as she hit an 8-iron to within seven feet from 140 yards out and sank the putt to move to three-under-par.
Duncan notched pars on the next two holes before suffering her only bogey of the day on No. 13 as she missed the green and wasn't able to get it up-and-down. She closed the last five holes with pars, which was keyed by an up-and-down on No. 15, after being plugged in the bunker around the green. The final three holes she hit all the greens and two-putted for par.
"It would be awesome," commented Duncan on finishing strong in the final round. "Playing in this tournament and getting a high finish is always great. Depending on what happens this afternoon, I think I am still right in there. I have been playing some really good golf so you never know what could happen tomorrow. Just drop a couple more putts here and there -- I am still in it to win it."
Through three rounds, Duncan has a 54-hole total of 216 and ranks tied for fifth individually. Holding the individual lead is Tiffany Lua of UCLA at five-under-par. In the team standings, UCLA leads by six over Purdue and both have holes left to play to finish the third round.
On the day, Duncan had 27 putts, hit 13 fairways and hit 11 greens. She will tee off on Saturday beginning at 8:55 a.m., in the final round.
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