2010 NCAA Golf Championships - Day Three

Matuszak and Belles Hold Ground on Day Three

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Sophomore Natalie Matuszak and her eighth ranked teammates all held their places among the field of 105 golfers and 20 teams during the third day of the NCAA Division III Golf Championships.

Matuszak had a pair of birdies on the back nine with a near miss on a shot for eagle to keep her ahead of the pack on Thursday.  She shot a five-over 78 and now holds a two-stroke lead over Alana Swain and Paige Caldwell for the lead at the championships heading into Friday's final round.  No other Saint Mary's golfer has ever shot rounds of sub-80 scores in the first three days of the Division III Championships.

As a team, the Belles shot a 340 on the afternoon to match playing partner DePauw and finish one stroke better than second playing partner Williams.  The team's three-day score of 1006 keeps Saint Mary's fourth in the field of 20 teams.  Methodist continues to lead all teams with a score of 965.  Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Gustavus Adolphus are both tied for second place with scores of 985.  Saint Mary's is currently five strokes ahead of Allegheny, who sits in fifth.

Mary Kate Boyce and Rosie O'Connor both picked up birdies on the 10th hole after making the turn.  Boyce had the second best score of the day for Saint Mary's with an 85 while O'Connor notched an 86.  Boyce currently sits in eight place individually in the field and O'Connor continued to climb up the individual placings as she is tied for 69th.

Perri Hamma shot a 91 on the day and is 68th overall.  Christine Brown rounded out the five players for the Belles with a 96 and is 92nd.

The Belles will look to maintain their lead and challenge the competition for their best-ever finish at nationals as the tournament concludes tomorrow evening.  Saint Mary's will be paired with Allegheny and Southwestern (Texas) for the final day of competition.  The teams will tee off beginning at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.