HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- Amherst College sits in 12th place after three days of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships.
The Mammoths are safely in the top 15 teams and will make the cut to play on the final day of competition at El Campeon Golf Course. They shot a 332 as a team, right on the pace from their two opening days, and are at +117 for the tournament.
For the second time this week, Morgan Yurosek '20 shot in the 70's. Her 77 on day 3 put her at +19 for the tournament, and in a tie for 19th place.
Kate Weiss '19 matched her Day 2 score with another 82 and is tied for 43rd at +29 overall.
Tied for 70th are Zoe Wong '18 and Lily Worden '21, who are each +37 for the championship. Wong used back to back 87's over the last few days while Worden shot a 91 on Thursday but is helped by her Round 2 score of 77.
Isabelle Ouyang '21 is in a tie for 86th place after her best score of the week, an 86, which followed up matching 88's on the first two days.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas maintained their position atop the field, firing a 24-over-par 316 to finish the day at 68-over 944 over 54 holes. That mark gave them a 4-stroke advantage over second-place Williams headed into Friday's final round.
On the individual side, Margaret Loncki of Claremont-M-S fired the best round of the tournament so far, completing 18 holes in 1-under 72 and moving into first place by herself. She sits at 5-over 224 for the tournament, three strokes up on New York University's Navika Kuchakulla. Kuchakulla entered the day tied for first with Loncki and shot a 2-over 75 on Thursday. DePauw's Rachele Miller finished at 3-over 76 for the round to come in six strokes back of Loncki. Jane Hopkinson-Wood, an individual competitor from Wittenberg, and Wartburg's Brooke Klosterman came in tied for fourth at 13-over 232 for the first 54 holes, eight back of Loncki. Klosterman shot an impressive 1-over 74 on the day, while Hopkinson-Wood came in at 3-over 76.
George Fox put themselves in good position for Friday's final round with a 13-over 305, the best team round of the tournament so far. They sit eight strokes back of Claremont-M-S. NYU moved into fourth place at 81-over 957, while Carnegie Mellon finished the day in fifth at 83-over 959. Carleton, Whitman, Methodist, Berry and Washington (Missouri) rounded out the top 10.
Thursday's third round served as the final day before the tournament field was cut to 15 teams and the top six individuals not on those teams. DePauw, Amherst, Illinois Wesleyan, Transylvania and Wisconsin-Whitewater rounded out the list of teams that made the cut, in addition to the teams in the top 10. On the individual side, Hopkinson-Wood and Klosterman both moved into Friday's final round, and were joined by Emily Thul of St. Thomas (Minnesota) (T-11th), Caroline Ordian of Redlands (26th), Christine Piwnica of Bethel (T-27th) and Meghan Symonds of Sewanee (T-33rd).
The 15 remaining teams and six individuals get Friday's final round started at 7:30 a.m. from the El Campeon course. All 15 teams will tee off in the morning.
The 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship is being co-hosted by Oglethorpe University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, marking the third time that the pair has collaborated to host the tournament at Mission Inn in the last five years.