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Women's Golf - Thu, May. 23, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 23, 2013) – No.5 Lubbock Christian University did improve their score in the third round of play of the 2013 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course, but they were unable to produce a score similar to their opening round 304. Shelbye Hill led LCU with a 2-over-par in the third round and the Lady Chaps remain in third place after combining for a team round of 313 Thursday.

LCU will enter the final round Friday in third place and 11 strokes behind No.2 Oklahoma City University, who led all schools carding a 305 for the round (total of 920). The Lady Chaps are one stroke behind No.4 University of British Columbia, who turned in a 310 for the round (total 930). LCU, who shot a 314 in the second round, was 15-over-par on the front nine, with the Lady Chaps shooting 6-over-par on the par-four seventh hole. They have a total score of 931.

Hill tied for the second best score for the round with her 74. She produced three birdies on the round, including birdies on holes 13 and 14 to help shoot 1-under-par on the back nine. She co-leads the team and is tied for sixth overall with a combined three-round score of 12-over-par. Hill is tied with teammate Mariah Montoya, who also had a pair of birdies on the back nine. She was 1-over-par on the back nine and finished with 4-over-par for the round and 12-over-par for the tournament. Montoya ranks tied for second in the tournament in par-five scoring and is 2-under-par on the par-five holes. She is also tied for third in birdies with seven. Sinae Montoya co-led LCU in pars for the round with 11 (tied with Hill), but had a pair of double bogeys to complete her score 9-over-par (81). She ranks tied for 28th sitting 20-over-par. Sinae and Hill are each tied for second in the tournament with 35 pars. Anna Schopp had a tough afternoon, going through a spell of 10-over-par during a 13-hole stretch. She closed her play with confidence by shooting par over the final four holes to finish 10-over-par on the day. Schopp is in a share of 41st place at 23-over-par. Kelsey Garcia produced her best round for the Lady Chaps with an 83 (11-over-par) for the round. She ended the day with a birdie on the 18th hole for her first birdie of the event. Garcia is sitting in a tie of 106th place and is 40-over-par.

Individually, Jessica Schiele of Oklahoma City leads the tournament with a 54-hole total of 217 to match the championship's 54-hole total record. Sofia Molinaro of Savannah College of Art & Design led the third round of play with a 72. She was the only player not over par for the round and finished two strokes ahead in the round over Hill.

Following the third round, the field was cut down to 17 teams.  Those teams will tee-off Friday for the final round. Weather could play a factor Friday with the expectations of thunderstorms. Tee times have been scheduled in preparation for rain and LCU will tee off beginning at 9 a.m. on the first hole.