Lynn still in the game
Fighting Knights are hot on Nova's tail going into the final day
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Thanks to a team score of 293, which was the lowest of any team, Lynn sits just one stroke back of four-time national champion Nova Southeastern after three rounds of play at the 2013 Division II women’s golf championship.
They got a little bit of help from Nova as they shot as a team 295, giving Lynn two shots.
“It’s a great place to be,” Lynn coach Danny Randolph said. “Would you rather be even or have a one-shot lead? Who knows? We’re in it. We’ve worked really hard over the last couple of days to get back in it, so what more can you ask for to be one shot out of the lead in the national championship?”
Lynn erased a nine-shot deficit after the first round of the tournament when they shot a 301.
“We just started playing with a lot of confidence,” Randolph said about the second and third rounds. “We got off to a really good start both days and we finally started making putts and birdies. We had players playing really well, but they just weren’t making putts. It obviously becomes a little discouraging when you have someone hitting 12 or 13 greens and you don't make any birdies. Then we started having some roll in and that made a big difference.”
Lynn and Nova are familiar foes. Lynn defeated Nova in the South region earlier this year and has been in first and second all week.
“I’d rather be the one chasing then the one being chased,” Lynn sophomore Jessica Bradley said. “It gives us something to go for.”
Bradley led the rest of the team after she shot an even 72. With that, she is 9-over par for the tournament.
“I was excited after my round,” Bradley said. “We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing for [Saturday] and I think we’ll be okay.”
Lynn begins their day at 9:40 a.m. ET alongside of conference foes Nova and Barry.
“We’ll be fine,” Randolph said. “They are ready to do this. We’re prepared to do this. Winning the South Region helped us for this and get us ready for this situation and we’re not intimidated by them and we’re going to go and play really well.”