The 12th ranked Barton Community College women's golf team avoided the big troubles they faced a day prior to remain in 11th place after three days of the NJCAA Division I Championships.
Starting on the back nine yesterday, the Cougars were back to the traditional front nine to begin the round on Wednesday, completing the day with a six stroke improvement to card a combined 60-over 348. The result leaves Barton twenty-five strokes behind Tyler Junior College at 177-over 1041 for the tournament as pairing partner McLennan Community College put together its second straight solid round to move up into the 9th position.
The Cougars conclude the Championships on Thursday with a back nine 7:10 a.m. Central Time tee time, pairing with Tyler and 12th place Ranger College who shaved fourteen strokes of the Cougar advantage to trail by just ten shots headed to the final round.
Pornnapa Inmee bounced back from an uncharacteristic tough second round, leading the Cougars on the third day with four birdies in carding a 12-over 84. The improvement moved Inmee up a spot to 54th overall at 44-over 260.
Leading the squad throughout the tournament has been Mathanee Pandee. Beginning the round with a triple bogey, Pandee parred the next three holes before carding her lone birdie of the round coming on the par three 5th to make the turn at 6-over. A pair of pars began the back nine but the last six holes produced a 9-over resulting in 15-over 87 round for an eleven spot tumble down the leaderboard to 29th at 31-over 247.
Pawinee Sukasem was again the steady player in each of the three rounds, posting her best round thus far with a 16-over 88 to move up a one spot into a tie for 62nd at 53-over 269. The round also featured her lone birdie of the week, joining Inmee in putting up a red number on the par three 3rd hole.
Matilyn Newman carded her second consecutive solid round to help the team score, posting four pars and just one triple bogey in posting a 17-over 89 in dropping one spot to a tie for 67th at 56-over 272.
Battling sickness all week, Paulina Villavicencio persevered through another round to post a 23-over 95. Avoiding big trouble except for a triple bogey on the par three 7th, Villavicencio fell four spots to 75th at 65-over 281.
Barton Round Three Scores (Tournament Total):
29th Mathanee Pandee +15 87 (+31 247)
54th Pornnapa Inmee +12 84 (+44 260)
T-62nd Pawinee Sukasem +16 88 (+53 269)
T-67th Matilyn Newman +17 89 (+56 272)
T-75th Paulina Villavicencio +23 95 (+65 281)