Wong Vaults to 27th After Shooting 67 At NCAA Finals
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UC Davis senior Andrea Wong put together a remarkable third round for the second straight tournament, turning in a memorable 5-under 67 at the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday to vault 67 places up the leaderboard into the top 30 at Eugene Country Club.
She began the day tied for 94th but after putting together a round that featured five birdies on her front nine and seven birdies overall, moved to just 2 over overall and into place among the leaders with her tie for 27th place. It was the biggest jump in the 132-player field. Wong also played well enough to earn another round at the national championships, thanks to being one of the top nine individuals not on one of the 15 advancing teams after 54 holes. The cut line for one of those nine spots turned out to be 2 over, exactly where Wong sits.
Sunday’s round was reminiscent of the third round at the NCAA Stanford Regional two weeks ago when Wong shot a school-record 6-under 65 to finish in a tie for first and secure a berth to the national finals.
"Andrea's persistence and resiliency really allowed today's round to occur,” said head coach Anna Temple. "She put herself in good positions and handled her round very well. She putted well and drove the ball well which is advantageous on this course. To have played well on moving day is a great accomplishment and to have the opportunity to compete on the final day of the year is an honor and a privilege."
Wong began her day on Sunday on the 10th hole of the par-72, 6,331-yard course and wasted no time setting a tone for the rest of her day. She birdied her first three holes, including a pair of par-4 holes, and then added two more on the par-5 15th and 17th holes to make her turn an amazing five shots under par.
Wong pushed her score to 6 under after a birdie on the par-4 second before the first of her only two bogeys came on the par-3 third. Another birdie and her final bogey combined with four pars to give her the 5-under round. Her 67 was tied with Jennifer Kupcho for the second-lowest of the day, trailing only leader Virginia Elena Carter of Duke who shot 66 to go to 13 under and take a six-shot lead over the field.
Monday’s final round of stroke play will determine the individual national champion as well as the eight teams that will advance to Tuesday’s first round of match play.
She’ll play her final round on Monday beginning at noon. Wong will start on the 10th hole.
“I'm tremendously excited for her and the work she has put in over the course of her career to lead her to this point,” Temple said.
Wong is competing in her third NCAA Finals in her four Aggie seasons. Her participation has extended UC Davis’ representation in the NCAA postseason to nine consecutive seasons.