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Stanford Makes a Run for the Lead, Aggie Cernousek Still Leads

Stanford women's golf team gathers after their final player finished Round 3.

While there was some movement on the NCAA DI Women’s Golf Championship leaderboard today, it wasn’t as drastic as yesterday. Texas A&M’s team lead decreased to just one stroke, with Stanford shooting 3-under as a team today to solidify second place.

Despite some stellar individual performances, which we’ll get to below, all eyes were on the cut line today. With only 15 teams and 9 individuals advancing to the final stroke play round tomorrow, the teams near the cutline who advanced did so with no strokes to spare. In fact, Lottie Woad’s birdie on the 18th hole just brought Florida State over the cutline ahead of Arizona State.

2024 NCAA DI Women’s Golf Leaderboard After Round 3

Below are the teams and individual qualifiers who made the cut, along with the top individual players.

Team Leaderboard

1. Texas A&M (-10)
2. Stanford (-9)
3. LSU (-1)
4. Clemson (+2)
5. Northwestern (+9)
6. UCLA (+10)
T7. Oregon (+12)
T7. Auburn (+12)
9. Arkansas (+13)
10. Southern California (+14)
11. Duke (+19)
12. Wake Forest (+20)
13. Mississippi State (+21)
14. Texas (+23)
15. Florida State (+25)
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16. Arizona State (+26)
T17. Michigan State (+28)
T17. San Jose State (+28)
19. Pepperdine (+29)
20. Vanderbilt (+33)
21. Baylor (+35)
22. Oregon State (+36)
23. South Carolina (+40)
T24. SMU (+48)
T24. Oklahoma State (+48)
T26. Tulsa (+49)
T26. North Carolina (+49)
28. Virginia (+50)
29. Purdue (+52)
30. Ole Miss (+53)

Individual Qualifiers

1. Grace Kilcrease (Tulsa, +2)
2. Rebecca Gyllner (San Jose State, +2)
3. Louisa Carlbom (San Jose State, +3)
4. Leila Raines (Michigan State, +3)
5. Katie Lu (Michigan State, +4)
6. Patience Rhodes (Arizona State, +4)
7. 
BaiMai Seema (Baylor, +4)
8. 
Kayla Smith (North Carolina, +4)
9. 
Ashley Menne (Arizona State, +4)

Top 10 Individual Leaders

1. Adela Cernousek (Texas A&M, -12)
2. Lottie Woad (Florida State, -6)
3. Maria José Marin (Arkansas, -5)
T4. Carla Tejedo Mulet (LSU, -4)
T4. Paula Martin Sampedro (Stanford, -4)
T4. Kiara Romero (Oregon, -4)
T4. Aine Donegan (LSU, -4)
T4. Ashley Yun (Northwestern, -4)
T4. Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio (Texas A&M, -4)
T10. Julia Lopez Ramirez (Mississippi State, -3)
T10. Annabelle Pancake (Clemson, -3)

Adela Cernousek Extends Individual Lead by 6 Strokes

Adela Cernousek tees off hole 16, a par 3 at Omni La Costa.
Texas A&M’s Adela Cernousek tees off hole 16. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

Cernousek was on fire this morning, birdieing 6 of her first 10 holes. While she did have two bogeys, she finished strong with 6 straight pars. The crowd following her on the back nine continued to grow, ending with an electric crowd on the 18th green to watch her, Clemson’s Annabelle Pancake and Stanford’s Paula Martin Sampedro, who also had a steady round that moved her up 10 spots to T4.

Cernousek has been racking up the birdies at Omni La Costa, with 17 to her name after just three days. Fairway to Green’s Kelly Okun was able to chat with Cernousek after her round today.

Other Notable Performances

Florida State's Lottie Woad is all smiles as she brings her team into the final round of stroke play at the NCAA DI Women's Golf Championship.
Florida State’s Lottie Woad is all smiles as she brings her team into the final round of stroke play. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

Woad has also not strayed far from her first-day lead and begins tomorrow in 2nd place. Looking at her scorecard today, she made par for 17 straight holes. As the last member of her team coming down the stretch, the pressure was on her to get Florida State over the cutline, and her birdie on hole 18 did just that. Florida State became the 15th team to play in Round 4, edging out Arizona State by one stroke.

Arkansas' Maria Jose Marin tees off hole 16.
Arkansas’ Maria Jose Marin tees off hole 16. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

Maria José Marin of Arkansas, currently in 3rd at 5-under with Florida State’s Lottie Woad, almost eagled hole 18 and finished with a tap-in birdie for a 71 (-1). Her consistent playing the last three days has kept her in the conversation, though she and Woad will have a big day tomorrow chasing down Cernousek for the individual title.

Lastly, LSU pushed into third place today, up two places, thanks to stellar performances from senior Carla Tejedo Mulet and junior Aine Donegan, who are both T4 at 4-under. Their goal is to continue moving up the leaderboard and to secure a top seed in the final two rounds’ match play.

Stay tuned for Round 4 coverage and follow along for real-time, on-course highlights on Instagram (@fairwaytogreen).

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