May 22, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - Baylor's Hayley Davis is in a tie for 27th place after shooting 2-under-par 68 for a total score of 8-over 210 after 54 holes at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club. Davis' 68 set the school record for lowest round at the NCAA Championships, and she jumped 31 spots in the standings after starting the day tied for 58th place.
Davis started on the 10th hole and began her round with back-to-back bogeys, but she rebounded to make par or better on all 16 remaining holes. Davis made six consecutive pars from the 12th through 17th holes, then birdied No. 18, No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 to get to 2-under-par.
Davis' score of 68 set a new Baylor record for the lowest score in an NCAA Championship round, beating Jaclyn Jansen's previous score of 70 from the final round at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
The 68 tied for the sixth-best third-round score in the 126-player field.
Davis' birdie on No. 1 was one of just 19 birdies on that hole out of 378 times it's been played in the tournament, making it the most difficult hole to birdie on the course.
Davis had more birdies in the third round (four) than she had in the first two rounds combined (three). After four birdies in the third round, Davis now has seven for the entire tournament. She also has one of 11 eagles made in the tournament.
After bogeys on the first two holes, Davis shot par or better on all 16 remaining holes.
Davis' birdie on the 4th hole was a significant improvement over her first two rounds, when she made double bogey and bogey on the hole.
Davis also made par on No. 8 and No.9 after making bogey or double bogey on both holes in each of the first two rounds.
STAT OF THE DAY
64 - The number of total spots Davis has jumped since finishing in a tie for 91st place at the end of the first round.
TOP QUOTE I
"Hayley had a very solid day today," head coach Jay Goble said. "She started out with two bogies but then made four birdies and the rest pars for the day. She only missed two greens today, so I believe she is getting ready for a great finish tomorrow."
TOP QUOTE II
"I started off pretty badly bogeying my first two holes with three putts, but from then on I played really well," Davis said. "I just played really solid golf. I made four birdies and no more bogeys after the first two. I just played really solid today and hit the ball nicely."
Davis plays in the fourth and final round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Friday. She tees off from the first hole at 12:15 p.m. CT, and she'll play in a group with Denver's Tonje Daffinrud and East Tennessee State's Gabriella Wahl. Live scoring is available on www.GolfStat.com.