The Bruins posted their best round of the tournament – a three-over par 283 – and assumed sole possession of fourth place, 11 shots behind first-place Duke. The Blue Devils posted a two-under par score of 278 for a three round total of 856 (+16). The Blue Devils led defending champion USC (862, +22) by six shots. Oklahoma, which began the day in first place with a three-shot lead, fell to third at 866 (+26). Mississippi State was fifth at 870 (+30).
“The conditions were a lot better today and it was a lot more fun out there for sure,” said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. “There was still a lot of breeze and the greens are getting firmer. I was really pleased with our team today; we gave a great effort. We did not start off as well as we had hoped, but we played very well on the back nine, and I am super proud of Louise Ridderstrom. She’s done a great job this whole week and [played] excellent today. We did lose some shots there on 14 but we’re happy to be in the position we’re in.”
Ridderstrom and junior Erynne Lee led the lineup Thursday with rounds of 68 (-2), the Bruins’ first two subpar rounds of the tournament. After playing the first 36 holes in 10-over par, Lee began her round Thursday with 14 straight pars. She birdied holes 14 and 15, and made three more pars for her score of two-under. She was tied for 27th at 218 (+8).
Ridderstrom was three-under par through 13 before a double bogey at the 14th temporarily set her back.
“Actually, on 14 I made a very good double, so I was more than happy that it was not more than a double,” she said. “You just have to continue playing and that’s what I told myself: one hole does not matter.”
Two holes later she atoned for it, knocking a wedge to within a few feet on the par 5, and making a birdie to move to two-under. Two more pars and she signed for a 68.
Freshman Alison Lee also enjoyed a round of atonement. The Curtis Cup Team member, played the first two rounds in 11-over par, and started her day with a triple bogey 7 at the first. She steadied herself, made six straight pars, a bogey at the eighth and a birdie at the ninth. On the inward side, she birdied the 13th to complement eight pars for a 34 on the inward side. A 72 (+2) put her in a tie for 65th at 223 (+13), but she had grinded out a solid counter round.
UCLA’s other counter came from freshman Bronte Law, who posted a 75 (+5) and was tied for 57th at 272 (+12). Senior Ani Gulugian was tied with Alison Lee at 223 (+13) after carding a 78 (+8), which was dropped.
Duke’s Celine Boutier and USC’s Doris Chen were tied for the lead at 207 (-3). Chen posted a 68 (-2) and Boutier fired a 67 (-3) in the final round. For more information, click here.