GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2012) - A team national championship in Oklahoma Christian's only season of NAIA women's golf seems unlikely, but after Thursday, an individual title for OC's Anna Arrese Cortadellas certainly isn't out of the question.
OC posted a third-round team score of 309 at the NAIA Championship at Link Hills Country Club, five shots better than in the second round, but still lost ground to the tournament leader. OC's three-round score of 925 is 17 shots behind British Columbia, a margin that's probably too large to make up in the final round. The Lady Eagles remained at sixth in the team standings.
But Arrese Cortadellas continued her strong play. Her second straight even-par 73 put her at 1-over 220 for the tournament, good for second place, one shot behind Megan Woodland of Victoria (British Columbia). Arrese Cortadellas is tied with Oklahoma City University's Jessica Schiele. Eleven players are within five shots of the lead.
For the second straight round, Arrese Cortadellas recorded four birdies and four bogeys. Matching her 73 was teammate Sarah Harper, who rebounded after shooting 79 and 81 during the first two rounds. Harper had a double bogey on the par-5 No. 9 hole but rebounded on the back nine to post four of her five birdies in the round. Harper moved into a tie for 29th overall at 233.
Morgan Dockery shot an 81 but remained in a tie for 24th at 231. Catherine Odgers posted her second straight 82 and was tied for 67th at 241. OC's No. 5 player, Courtney Stuever, shot an 88 and was at 258.
In the team race, British Columbia holds a one-shot lead over Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.). Shorter (Ga.) is third at 916, with William Woods (Mo.) at 917 and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at 920.
OC held a five-shot lead over its No. 1-ranked Sooner Athletic Conference rival, Oklahoma City. A third SAC team, Lubbock Christian (Texas), was eighth at 934. The SAC's fourth tournament entry, Southern Nazarene, was tied for 21st at 991 and didn't make the cut to 17 teams for Friday's final round.