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Scheffler leads after 3 rounds at NCAA Golf Championship

Posted May 28th, 2017

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With junior Scottie Scheffler still on top of the leaderboard, the Texas men’s golf team advanced to Monday’s final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill.

The 10th-ranked Longhorns were 11th at 5 under par after Sunday’s round of 5-under 283, and the top 15 teams made the cut. After Monday’s round, the field will be cut to eight for match play.

Scheffler, who shot a 4-under-par 68 Sunday, is at 12-under-par 204 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss. Monday’s individual leader will be crowned the national champion.

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Scheffler has a tournament-best 18 birdies and only six bogeys in three rounds.

“We had three really solid rounds today, starting with Scottie Scheffler’s 68, Gavin Hall’s 68 and Doug Ghim’s 72,” Texas coach John Fields said. “Very well done.

“I’m looking for a good day tomorrow. We have given ourselves a great opportunity to play 72 holes here at the National Championship and to get into match play.

“We need to get ourselves off to a good start tomorrow. The weather may be a bit challenging — if that’s the case, it could bring the teams a little closer together and give us an opportunity to do what we want to do, which is get into match play and have a chance to win the national championship.”

Hall climbed 28 spots into a tie for 22nd at 4 under par. Ghim is 3 over and is tied for 66th.

Sophomore Steven Chervony’s 75 left him at 11 over, tied for 117th. Freshman Spencer Soosman carded a 79 and is tied for 132nd at 14 over par.

Scheffler also noted the weather complications.

“You need a game plan for sure,” he said. “For the most part, the game plan changes day by day with the wind and the weather, and I think it’ll change tomorrow with a good amount of wind. Just figure it out in the morning when I get up and get a plan going and stick to that.”

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