DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The No. 3-ranked William Woods men’s golf team finished its busy day of golf on Thursday, as they completed round three with a 5-over par 293 and currently sit in second place, totaling a 6-over par 870 (282-295-293).
The Owls are chasing overall leader and defending champion, Coastal Georgia, who scored a 5-under par 283 third round today and hold a 16-stroke lead over WWU, as they have shot a 10-under par 854 (282-289-283) overall.
Cal State San Marcos is one stroke behind WWU, totaling a 7-over par 871 (294-290-287), while Johnson & Wales University, is at 8-over par 872 (307-277-288), for fourth place.
Individually, the field is chasing Sean Elliott from Dalton State, who shot a round best 7-under par 65 and now has a 6-stroke lead over second place, as he shot a 14-under par 202 (68-69-65), through three rounds of golf.
One of the big movers on the day, sophomore David Houlding, jumped up 30 spots on the leaderboard, as he shot a 6-under par 66 and now is in fifth place, totaling a 3-under par 213 (72-75-66).
The Leeds, England, native, started on the back nine in round three, and in round two, Houlding was 3-over, including two double-bogeys. Today, Houlding, was able to par the first four holes, then drained birdies on 14 and 15, to get to 2-under, as he headed for the front nine.
Earlier in the morning on the front nine, he shot an even-par 36, but in the afternoon, the sophomore made his adjustments, as he totaled four birdies on the front nine, knocking them in on holes three, five, eight and nine, to get to 4-under and 6-under par for the day.
Another sophomore, Matt Wells, is in a tie for eighth place, as he has totaled a 1-under par 215 (66-74-75), thus far. On the back nine, Wells, got to 1-under on the 11th with a birdie, but closed out with four bogeys on 14, 16, 17 and 18, putting him at 3-over, as he went for the front nine, which in the previous two rounds, he has found plenty of success.
Things started very well for him, as he birdied the first hole, to get back to 2-over. A bogey on the third, set him at 3-over again, but he drained another birdie on the fourth. After two consecutive pars on five and six, Wells bogeyed the seventh, while scoring par on 8 and 9, to finish at 3-over.
Senior Stan Gautier is tied for 50th overall, as he has hit his way to a 7-over par 223 (73-73-77). Gautier, a Paris, France, native, bogeyed the 10th to start the afternoon, but birdied the 13th, to get to even-par.
Gautier hit three more pars, before bogeying holes 17 and 18, to finish with a 2-over 38. On the front nine, he birdied the first hole, but suffered four straight bogeys on holes two through five, putting him at 5-over par. He was able to finish strong, however, and score par on the final four holes, to finish at 5-over for the day.
Two strokes behind him, are the duo of Julian Taylor (71-76-78) and Billy McKenzie (77-73-75), who are tied for 58th place, with a 9-over par 225.
Taylor, a York, England, native, went 6-over par on the back nine, as he totaled two double-bogeys and two bogeys, but answered back on the front nine, as he birdied holes two and six, while limiting himself to two more bogeys, to finish with at 6-over par.
McKenzie, was able to birdie the 10th out of the gate, to get ahead to 1-under par, but was put back to even-par, after hitting a bogey on the 14th. He was able to score another birdie on the 16th, but bogeyed the 17th, to finish at even-par on the back nine, which was his lowest score out of the previous 18 holes he played earlier on the back nine.
To finish out his round on the front nine, McKenzie, bogeyed hole three, six and eight, to finish with a 3-over par 75.
To view all of today’s round scores, visit HERE. The Owls will hit the course for the final round on Friday 9:10 a.m.
Fans make sure to stay updated on wwuowls.com tomorrow night for a full recap and scores from Florida.