May 20, 2011
BRYAN, Texas --- The Texas A&M women's golf team continued to play well above its pre-NCAA Championships ranking and the Aggies head into Saturday's final round in fifth place in the team standings.
The No. 27-ranked Aggies will continue their quest for some NCAA hardware when they begin teeing off from the first hole at 1:30 p.m. Several teams will have to finish their third rounds on Saturday, before the fourth round starts at 9 a.m. A nearly two-hour delay due to lightning kept six teams from finishing on Friday.
The Aggies finished their third round right before play was suspended and they turned in a score of 14-over 302. A&M enters Saturday at 27-over par and looking up at UCLA (+13), Purdue (+19), LSU (+26) and Virginia (+26). Right on the Aggies' tail, however, are Vanderbilt and North Carolina at 31-over, USC and Florida at 32-over and Arkansas at 33-over.
"I think we were a little bit tighter than we were the first two rounds, and it showed," Aggie head coach Trelle McCombs said. "It looked like we were trying to force some things out there. I definitely think that the weather delay helped, it helped us kind of hit the reset button a little bit. In the past when we have had a weather delay, it has been good for us."
The Aggies enjoyed a supportive following of fans that featured painted faces, fathead cutouts of the players and many, many WHOOPS.
"That's what Aggies do," McCombs said with a smile. "That's the 12th Man." A&M was once again led by the strong play of Katerina Ruzickova, a freshman from Ostrava, Czech Republic via Xavier Prep in Arizona. Ruzickova fired a one-over par 73 that featured three birdies, including a pretty chip-in from the fringe on the 17th hole. Ruzickova entered the fourth round in a tie for 10th at 2-over (73-72-73=218).
"She is awesome," McCombs said. "I think she got a little tired today, but she birdied the 17th hole, so that was good. It was a nice chip-in. But I think she got tired. We've been up for a long time today. She just played incredible. That is what she does. I don't expect anything less."
Also scoring for the Aggies on Friday were senior Sarah Beth Davis at 5-over. Zwartynski was tied for 42nd at 9-over, Reeves was tied for 49th at 10-over, sophomore Susy Grunden was tied for 57th at 11-over and Davis was tied for 101st at 19-over.