FINDLAY, Ohio — Barry University's women's golf team shot the low round for the second straight day to take a three-stroke lead at the NCAA Division II Championship at Findlay Country Club.
The No. 1 Buccaneers used a 305 on Friday's moving day to jump ahead of No. 2 Dallas Baptist with a 54-hole total of 921. Dallas Baptist is second at 924, and Indianapolis third at 927 in the 12-team, 72-player field that sat through an hour stoppage in play Friday due to lightning on a day where rain, winds and temperatures in the low 50s grabbed center stage.
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But after play resumed around 2 p.m. and the round was completed in the 4 p.m. hour, it was the Bucs who generated the attention.
Bucs freshman Charlotte Puts moved up two spots into third place after shooting 4-over 76 on the par-72, 6,206-yard course. Puts trails co-leaders Ann Parmerter of Dallas Baptist and Marie Coors of Saint Leo by three strokes at 227 entering Saturday's final round. Coors is competing as an individual. Dallas Baptist's Hanna Harrison sits in fourth, a stroke behind Puts, and Tarleton State's Casey Wild is fifth at 229. Barry sophomore Tilda Larsson and freshman Noemie Pare are tied for sixth at 230.
- The Buccaneers were nine strokes better than first- and second-round leader Dallas Baptist Friday.
- Puts carded a 76 for the second consecutive day. She had three birdies, and finished her round with a par on the 517-yard 18th.
- Pare shot 75 for a second straight day to climb 11 more spots up the leaderboard. She birdied the par-3 12th and the 504-yard, par-5 15th.
- Larsson shot 76 in the third round, using a birdie on the 492-yard first to kickstart the day. She also shot 76 in the opening round on Wednesday.
- Josefina Foa Torres moved up three spots into a tie for 17th at 234, following her third straight 78. She made par on the final two holes to hold steady.
- Martina Bertuccioli jumped up four spots into a tie for 59th at 247 with a third-round 79. She trimmed six strokes off her second round score, despite the tough conditions.