BRYAN, Texas – The suspended third round of the Division I Women’s Golf Championship ended at about 9 a.m. ET on Saturday morning and the storylines remain basically unchanged from when play was suspended on Friday night.
Leaders UCLA extended their lead on second-place Purdue by a stroke. The Bruins will head into their final round at 14-over, seven shots better than the Boilermakers and 12 shots better than third-place Virginia.
Stephanie Kono and Glory Yang both birdied No. 18 for the Bruins.
Individual leader Tiffany Lua of UCLA bogeyed No. 15 (her first hole this morning), but then made pars on her final three holes to end the third round at 4-under, two shots clear of second-place Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia.
Zamora, the top-ranked single player in the country, tees off at 10:55 ET playing as an individual.
The beginning of the fourth round was delayed by 30 minutes because of extra work that needed to be done to the course due to heavy rain in the area on Friday night.
As a result, the leading three teams will not hit the course until 3:25 p.m. ET. The final group, featuring Lua, Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez and Virginia’s Brittany Altomare, won’t start until 4:09 p.m. ET.
UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth said her team will spend the next few hours trying to clear their heads and get ready to come back.
“We’re just going to head back to the hotel and try to get some rest,” Forsyth said. “We’re playing well. We have ourselves in a good spot and hopefully we’ll come back here rested and ready to go.”
Purdue head coach Devon Brouse said the next few hours will be key for his team.
“We need to get some stuff done in the next few hours,” he said. “When I say that, I don’t mean practice, I mean getting some rest and getting mentally ready to play again this afternoon.”