May 16, 2003
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Western Washington University's Kelly White (Jr., Monroe) shot a 5-over par 78 to climb into 11th place heading into Saturday's final round at the NCAA Division II National Championship being played at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.
Friday's third round was the best yet of the four-day tournament for White, who has a 54-hole total of 241, 14 strokes off the lead. She opened with an 83 Wednesday and shot 80 Thursday on the 5,960-yard El Campeon course.
"She didn't hit as many greens or fairways today, but they weren't that far off," said Western coach Dean Russell, "What she did do was hit some incredible shots out of the rough and make some clutch putts. She had five one putts which were huge.
"She played one over par on the back nine with a bogey on the last hole, but she had birdies on 15 and 16 and those are very tough holes."
The top 15 in the final medalist standings earn All-America honors, with the top five being first team, six to 10 second team and 11 to 15 third team. White is just one shot out of 10th place and two shots out of ninth.
"She's really positioned herself well," Russell said. "If she goes out and shoots a good number, she makes All-American. So, this is the one that counts. If she shoots anywhere between 78 to 81, she will probably earn All-America honors."
White was tied for 22nd after the first round and tied for 13th at the tourney's halfway mark. She qualified for nationals by placing fourth at the West Regional.
"It was much hotter today and the pins were a little more difficult," said Russell. But she played very patiently around the greens and attacked the holes that she could attack and got out of the holes that had hurt her in previous rounds with less damage."
Kim Keyer-Scott from Northern Kentucky, the individual leader after each of the first two rounds, fell to fourth at 230 with a 79 Thursday. Tied for the lead at 227 are Pamela Feggans from Florida Southern, who fired a 2-under 71 Thursday, and Freddie Seeholzer from Rollins College (75). Just one shot behind in third place at 228 (76) is Rollins' Charlotte Campbell.
Rollins (932) continued to extend its lead in the team standings, now holding a commanding 32-stroke advantage over second-place Florida Southern (964). West Region champion Northeastern State OK is eighth (1,040) and St. Mary's TX, the West Region runner-up, moved down one position to seventh (1,004).