June 1, 2007
NCAA Championship - Third Round Results
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Battling to stay alive for the final cut, Dawie Van Der Walt led the charge for the Cardinals by firing a 2-under par 68 and Lamar University posted a 2-under 278 to move into a tie for 12th place following Friday's third round at the 110th NCAA Championship hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University on the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Par-70, 6,803-yards).
Lamar, who entered Friday's round tied for 19th place, needed to post a sub-par round in order to make the cut to the final round, which takes the top 15 teams. The Cardinals posted their first round under par for the tournament, 2-under 278, which was good enough for a tie for 12th place with the University of Texas with a 54-hole score of 285-287-278--850.
Stanford shot a 5-under 275 Friday, which was the Cardinal's third straight round under par this week, and holds the 54-hole lead at 12-under 828. Coastal Carolina fired an 8-under 272 to move into second place at 10-under 830. Charlotte and Alabama, who fired a 9-under 271, are tied for third at 2-under 838. Georgia turned in the round of the day at 11-under 269 and is in fifth place at even-par 840.
Ryan Grube of Stanford posted a 1-under 69 and is in a three-way tie for the 54-hole lead at 6-under 204. Kyle Stanley of Clemson fired a 5-under 65 Friday to get to 6-under 204 and Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech posted a 1-under 69 for his 6-under 204. Michael Schachner of Duke turned in the round of the NCAA Championship with a 10-under 60, which set a new record for low-round at the NCAA Championships and tied Notah Begay of Stanford for lowest round in relation to par at the NCAA Championship.
"It took us a long time, even in today's round, but I think we finally figured out how to play this golf course. We loosened up and started firing at the pins to make some birdies. It was more out of necessity because at the turn we were seven over par for the day and that wasn't going to be good enough to make the cut. You can't play defensive out here.
"No. 12 (par-3) was the swing hole for us. It's one of the toughest holes on the course and has eaten our lunch in the first two rounds. We made three birdies on No. 12 today and that really turned it around for us.
"We've played too tight this week, but I think we've finally found the key to success out here. We need to be aggressive tomorrow, like we were on the back-nine today, and try to shoot 10 to 15 under par and see if we can't move up the leader board."
Van Der Walt, a junior from Cape Town, South Africa, got off to an inauspicious start with a double-bogey on the par-4 second hole. He got back to even-par with an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole. Unfortunately, he followed that with a double-bogey on the par-3 seventh hole. He birdies the par-4 ninth hole to make the turn at 1-over 36.
A bogey on the par-4 10th hole left him at 2-over for his round. He chipped in for birdie on the par-4 11th hole and made birdie on the par-3 12th hole to get back to even par. He also made birdies on the par-5 15th and the par-3 16th to post 3-under 32 on the back-nine. He is tied for 64th place with a 54-hole score of 4-over 73-73-68--214.
"I started playing better on the back-nine and it's always good to play when you need to," said Van Der Walt. "I hit the ball better today and gave myself some better chances for birdie.
"Since I went out first today, I wanted to get off to a good start. It took me until the back-nine, but I finally started playing better and I think the rest of the guys fed off of that. I love the pressure. The harder the situation, the better I play. I love to test myself."
Oliver Bekker, a sophomore from Stellenbosch, South Africa, posted a 1-over par 71 and is tied for 37th with a 54-hole score of 1-over 70-70-71--211. He made two birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey to make the turn at 1-over 36. A bogey on the par-4 10th hole left him at 2-over for his round, but he made consecutive birdies on the par-4 11th and the par-3 12th to get back to even par. He made a bogey on the par-4 14th for his round of 71.
Casey Clendenon, a junior from Katy, posted the Cardinals' second sub-par round with a 1-under 69. After making bogeys on his first two holes, he came back with a birdie on the par-3 third hole to make the turn at 1-over 36. He made birdies on the par-3 12th hole, the par-4 14th hole and the par-5 15th hole to get to 2-under par. He bogeyed the 18th hole for his round of 69. He is tied for 57th with a 54-hole score of 3-over 71-73-69--213.
"After getting off to a slow start, I just told myself that every shot counts and to stay patient. I saw Dawie when I was playing the 14th hole and he said we had to tighten it up and start making some birdies. So I started to grind a little harder and made a pair of birdies. We are a close knit team and are really good friends away from golf, so when you see your teammates playing well it starts to steamroll. That's what happened today.
"There are three to four holes out here that if you play well, you can pick up some shots on the field. I think that's what we did today. If we can do that again Saturday, we have a chance for a real good finish."
Justin Harding, a sophomore from Cape Town, South Africa, posted an even-par 70 Friday. He made one birdie and one bogey on the front-nine to make the turn at even-par 35. After making a bogey on the par-4 13th hole, he came back with a birdie on the par-3 16th for an even-par 35 on the back-nine. He is tied for 74th with a 54-hole score of 5-over 71-74-70--215.
Smith, a senior from The Woodlands, turned in a round of 3-over 73 Friday. He made two birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey to make the turn at 1-over 36. He made a birdie and three bogeys on the back-nine. He is tied for 92nd with a 54-hole score of 4-over 73-71-73--217.
Lamar tied for ninth place at last year's NCAA Championship and the Cardinals' best-ever NCAA finish is a tie for seventh place at the 1986 NCAA Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C.