RECAP: @UTTylerWGolf goes low in 3rd round

Thursday, May 11, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

HOUSTON – UT Tyler’s Stephanie Tutt and Morgan Loth both shot their low rounds at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship with a pair of 73s on Thursday to help the Patriots move up the leaderboard to fifth after the completion of three of four rounds at the Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Patriots turned in their best round of the tournament and will go into Friday’s final round with a 313-312-302 – 927 team total, while George Fox took over the lead with a 903 total following a 297 on Thursday by the Bruins. Rhodes College is in second with a 907, while Williams College (914) and Wittenberg University (917) are within striking for the Patriots. 

UT Tyler will start teeing off at 8:35 a.m. on Friday and is paired with Wittenberg and New York University in the final round.

“It was good to finally get a couple of low scores today,” UT Tyler head coach Grant Spencer said. Stephanie and Morgan played great. The other girls kept grinding hard for solid scores as well so it was nice to play like we are known to. If we can do the same tomorrow we might get a top-four.”

Tutt leads the Patriots and is tied for 16th overall with a 78-77-73 – 228, while Katelyn Hicken is 28th with an 80-76-79 – 235 through the first three rounds. Loth cut 14 strokes off her second-round score and now has a card reading 76-87-73 – 236 which has her 30th overall. Taylor Denton is 40th with a 79-81-80 – 240 and Amy Cox continued playing well with a 77 on Thursday after owning an 86-78-77 – 241 score card.

Tutt shot her 73 on Thursday with four birdies and nine birdies, while Loth had three birdies and 11 pars. Neither player scored above a bogey in their rounds. Tutt will enter Friday’s final round nine shots off the lead and will look to make a charge to get back into the top-10 after she finished fifth at last year’s tournament. Loth was named an Women's Golf Coaches Association All-America honorable mention selection and Tutt an all-region performer on Wednesday after the second round. 

Nikki Isaacson and Christina Herbert lead the tournament with 219s after three rounds. Issacson has shot 71-77-71 – 219 for Rhodes College, while Herbert’s card for Bridgewater is at 74-69-76 – 219.