Nova Southeastern holds one-stroke lead against Lynn heading into final round
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Nova Southeastern is in a tight battle at the top of the team standings. The Sharks hold a one-stroke lead after shooting a 7-over 295 at the LPGA International Legends Course.
A third-round battle leads to an unscripted championship round between NSU, which is 17-over with an 881 (292-294-295), retaining their top spot on the leaderboard by one-stroke. In second place is Lynn, which shot a 5-over 293 for an 18-over 882 (301-288-293).
Aside from being on top of the leaderboard as a team, the Sharks still remain on top of the individual board as well with Linnea Johansson swapping teammate Daniela Ortiz for the top spot. Johansson, who is one under for the tournament, was consistent on Friday, shooting an even-par 72 with 18 consecutive pars to go into the final round with a 215 (73-70-72) and a one-stroke lead against Nancy Vergara of Barry, who is even (71-72-73—216).
Abbey Gittings had a great day on the course, carding the teams lowest round with a 3-under 69. Gittings, who hasn’t carded a birdie all tournament, found her groove and dropped six birdies on the day, shooting a 2-under 34 on the front with a 1-under 69 on the back to move 18 spots on the leaderboard to eighth.
Ortiz, who was the leader through two rounds, currently holds third on the leaderboard and is only three-strokes off the lead of Johansson after shooting a 3-over 75 on Friday. Ortiz carded a 1-over 35 on the front with a 4-over 40 on the back to go one over for the tournament with a 217 (67-75-75).
Rounding out the scores for the Sharks were Liliana Cammisa and Rachel Lewis, who shot a 7-over 79 and a 9-over 81, respectively. Cammisa, who currently has a share of 19th, shot a 2-over 38 on the front with a 5-over 41 on the back, but her one-putt bogey on 18, after having to take an unplayable, was a huge momentum push for the Sharks and gives her an 11-over 227 (75-73-79) for the tournament.
Lewis improved on her second round by one-stroke, shooting a 5-over 41 on the front and a 4-over 40 on the back to give her a share of 47th on the leaderboard and is 24-over for the tournament with a 240 (77-82-81).
The Sharks will play one final round on Saturday in hopes of winning their fifth consecutive national championship, making NCAA history, but will have their work cut out for them with a hungry Lynn nipping at their heels. The Sharks will be paired once again with Lynn and Barry, which has the making of being a very close round with an even better finish.