April 13, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - UC Davis senior Demi Runas carded five birdies and had just one bogey during a spectacular third round at the PING/ASU Invitational at Arizona State on Saturday, as the defending co-medalist moved into sixth place at the prestigious tournament with a 4-under 68.
Runas climbed 12 spots on the individual leaderboard and led No. 16 UC Davis which shot 9-over 297 on Saturday and is in 11th place at 8-over 584. Second-ranked Duke is 13 under and has a five-stroke advantage over No. 3 Alabama atop the team standings.
The high-powered tournament, being played at ASU Karsten Course, features five top-10 teams and 11 in the top 25 overall.
Sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit finished with a 74 and is tied for 30th at 1-over 145., freshman Andrea Wong carded a 75 and is a shot back of her teammate, tied for 35th. Senior Amy Simanton is tied for 69th after her 80 put her 10 over, and sophomore Blair Lewis is 88th at 27 over after shooting 84.
"Demi had a great round today," said head coach Anna Temple. "She stayed patient and in the present and her results reflect her work on the course. Bev and Andrea also had solid rounds which really helped today. Amy is primed to play well in the final round. This course suits her game.
"We are excited for the final round and to compete against this great field," she added.
Runas was strong throughout her third round, picking up birdies on the par-4 3rd hole and the par-5 5th, helping her play the front nine a pair of shots under par. She then added birdies on the 12th, 15th and 17th holes to go 5 under before her only bogey of the day brought her in with a 68.
Vatananugulkit was steady for the first 14 holes of her day, collecting a pair of birdies, 11 pars and just one bogey to go 1 under heading into the 15th hole. She was 3 over the rest of the way but still finished with a solid round of 74. Wong had five birdies during her round, helping balance her scorecard which showed her playing 4 over on the front nine but an impressive 1 under on the back.
Simanton was 4 over on both sides of the course while Lewis picked up a pair of birdies in her round.
Laetiitia Beck of Duke, who shared the first-round lead, shot 70 and is 7 under heading into the last round. She shares the lead with Emma Talley of Alabama. Three players are just one stroke back.
UC Davis will play the final round with Texas A&M and Washington, beginning at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday.
Tempe, Ariz. (hosted by Arizona State)
ASU Karsten Golf Course
Par 72, 6,223 yards
36 of 54 holes
1. Duke, 280-283-583
2. Alabama, 284-284-568
T3. USC, 283-288-571
T3. Stanford, 289-282-571
T5. Arizona, 288-284-572
T5. Arizona State, 291-281-572
7. Texas, 286-289-575
8. TCU, 292-285-577
9. UCLA, 279-302-581
10. Texas A&M, 287-296-583
11. UC DAVIS, 287-297-584
12. Washington, 292-294-586
13. South Carolina, 291-299-590
14. UNLV, 305-302-607
15. Oregon, 311-299-610
T16. California, 313-302-615
T16. Colorado, 298-317-615
T1. Laetitia Beck, Duke, 67-7-137
T1. Emma Talley, Alabama, 68-69-137
6. Demi Runas, 71-68-139
T30. Beverly Vatananugulkit, 71-74-145
T35. Andrea Wong, 71-75-146
T69. Amy Simanton, 74-80-154
88. Blair Lewis, 87-84-151