May 25, 2015
BRADENTON, Fla. – No. 2 South Carolina’s run at the NCAA Championships ended two strokes outside of the 15 advancing teams after resuming the third round of the event on Monday morning at The Concession Golf Club. The Gamecocks entered the day in 13th place and finished as many as five holes upon returning to the course at 7:30 a.m., but fell just short after going 9-over in the final holes. South Carolina’s three-round total of 932 (308-322-302) was 68-over par and placed 17th overall.
Senior Justine Dreher and sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh were two of nine individuals not on an advancing team to move on to the fourth and final round of stroke play later in the afternoon. The pair entered the final round tied for 24th after finishing 54 holes at 10-over. Both posted the best finishes of their careers at the championship event.
Dreher carded her best round of the tournament in the fourth round. She started the day with a bogey, but then went 3-under thanks to three birdies over her next 11 holes to turn in a round of even-par. Dreher owned rounds of 76, 76, 74 and 72 for a 72-hole score of 298 (+10) to tie for 16th.
Dambaugh made the turn at 2-over and went 1-under on her final three holes to complete the day at 5-over par (77). Dambaugh finished the tournament with a 72-hole score of 303 (+16, 70-82-74-77) in a tie for 32nd.
Earlier in the day, Dreher resumed the second round on the green at No. 5 and went 1-under over her final five holes of the round with a birdie on No. 8. The senior finished the third round at 2-over (74), moving to 10-over for the tournament. Dambaugh had three holes to play this morning. She struggled out of the gate, carding a double bogey on her first hole of the day before righting the ship with two pars to close out the round. Dambaugh also posted a 2-over 74 for the third round.
Sophomore Jia Xin Yang wrapped up her NCAA Championships debut at 14-over par (230) after going 2-over in her final round. Yang also had some difficultly this morning, going 3-over in her final three holes.
Junior Mary Fran Hillow quadruple bogeyed her first hole of the morning and bogeyed her final hole to finish the round at 9-over (81). Hillow tied for 123rd at 35-over (251). Sarah Schmelzel was the only Gamecock to finish the third round last night before darkness suspended play, turning in an 80 (+8), her best round of the tournament. The junior posted a 255 (+39) for the weekend (128).
SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS
T16. Justine Dreher 76-76-74-72=298 (+10)
T32. Katelyn Dambaugh 70-82-74-77=303 (+15)
T45. Jia Xin Yang 79-77-74=230 (+14)
T123. Mary Fran Hillow 83-87-81=251 (+35)
128. Sarah Schmelzel 85-90-80=255 (+39)
ADVANCING TEAMS (TOP 15)
1. Duke 293-309-292=894 (+30)
2. Southern Cal 297-303-298=898 (+34)
3. Arizona 300-311-294=905 (+41)
T4. Tennessee 301-309-300=910 (+46)
T4. Baylor 297-307-306=910 (+46)
6. Purdue 307-302-302=911 (+47)
7. Stanford 293-323-296=912 (+48)
8. Washington 301-316-297=914 (+50)
9. UC Davis 305-304-306=915 (+51)
10. Northwestern 310-301-305=916 (+52)
11. Arkansas 310-306-303=919 (+55)
12. Texas Tech 319-294-307=920 (+56)
T13. Wake Forest 310-320-297=927 (+63)
T13. Alabama 310-307-310=927 (+63)
15. UCLA 319-318-293=930 (+66)
16. UNLV 305-324-302=931 (+67)
17. South Carolina 308-322-302=932 (+68)
18. Texas A&M 309-312-312=933 (+69)
19. Tulane 314-309-312=935 (+71)
T20. Virginia 309-319-310=938 (+74)
T20. LSU 309-316-313=938 (+74)
22. NC State 317-323-302=942 (+78)
23. Campbell 315-311-324=950 (+86)
24. California 321-320-312=953 (+89)