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UNM Golf Women 16th at NCAAs

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Purdue shot an 8-under 280 Thursday to take the lead after three rounds of the NCAA women’s golf championships.

The Boilermakers, who trailed by eight shots after 36 holes, took a seven-stroke lead on USC, the leader for the first two rounds. Purdue’s total through three rounds is 6-under 858.

New Mexico stands 16th entering today’s final round at the par-72, 6,368-yard Country Club of Landfall with a 30-over 894 total, including Thursday’s 295. Southern Cal shot a 7-over 295 for an 865.

Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State maintained the individual lead, shooting a 70 for a 9-under 207. One shot back is Oklahoma State’s Caroline Headwall, who shot 68.

UNM’s Jodi Ewart is the top Lobo in a tie for 10th at par 216 after Thursday’s 72. Britney Choy is tied for 49th at plus-8, Sarah Salvo is at plus-11 for a tie for 74th, Rebecca Hellbom is at plus-13 and tied for 90th, and Bethany Buchner is tied for 96th at plus-14.

UNM MEN: The cold, rain-soaked day at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., apparently bothered the Lobos more than most of the other 12 teams.

The Lobos shot a 21-over-par 309 and are 12th of 13 teams competing at the NCAA West Regional.

The Lobos are 15 strokes and seven places behind fifth-place San Diego and an invitation to the NCAA Championships. There are 36 holes left to play. Only the top five teams and top individual advance to the national  tournament, held June 1-6 at the Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Individually, Travis Ross and Nick Geyer paced New Mexico with 4-over 76s and are tied for 41st place.

NMSU MEN: Rio Rancho’s Tim Madigan shot a 3-under par 69, one stroke out of the lead after one round of the NCAA Southwest Regional in San Diego.

The Aggies shot 8-over-par 296 and are in sixth place, only two shots off the lead, among 13 teams competing in the 54-hole event at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club.

Oregon, California, Tennessee and UNLV are tied for first with a 6-over 294. Central Florida is at plus-5.

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