ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The 20th-ranked Washington and Lee men's golf team posted a 304 (+16) on Thursday and is in sixth-place after three rounds at the NCAA Division III Championship held at the Midvale Country Club.
Third-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps still holds the lead with a +28 score of 286-299-303—888. The Stags are seven strokes better than the second-place squad, 34th-ranked Otterbein, who carded a 294 on Thursday for a 303-298-294—895 (+35).
Despite dropping from second to sixth in the standings, the Generals lost just one stroke to CMS, which is 10 strokes ahead of W&L (305-289-304—898).
Franklin & Marshall's Stephen Colodny and Virginia Wesleyan's Evan Cox are tied for the individual lead with scores of 219 (+4).
W&L junior Conley Hurst (Little Rock, Ark. / Episcopal) and sophomore Luke Farley (Durham, N.C. / Trinity School) are only three strokes back at +7 overall, good for a tie for ninth-place. Hurst shot 78 on Thursday for a 72-72-78—222, while Farley posted a 75 for a 74-73-75—222.
Junior Todd Alan McDonald (Little Rock, Ark. / Little Rock Christian) and sophomore Andrew Barth (Bethesda, Md. / Walt Whitman) are just five strokes back of Hurst and Farley and are tied for 26th. McDonald has posted a 79-72-76—227 (+12) and Barth has carded an 80-72-75—227 (+12). Barth got off to a hot start on Thursday, posting a birdie on No. 2 and an eagle on the par 5 third hole.
First-year George May (Topsfield, Mass. / Masconomet) is 72nd overall with an 80-82-80—242 (+27).
Action continues on Friday with the fourth and final round from Midvale. The Generals have never finished higher than seventh in the NCAA Championship, accomplishing the ranking in 1977 and 1990.