GREENSBORO, N.C. - Playing their best round of the NCAA Division III Championship tournament, the Panthers' golf team sits in third place after Thursday's third round on the East Course of the Grandover Resort.
The Panthers shot a team score of 290, the second lowest of the day, for a three-day total of 880. They trail first place Berry (876) by just four shots heading into Friday's final round. Wittenberg is one shot back of Berry after shooting the best round of the day, a one-under par 287.
Following the Panthers is USA South rival Methodist at 881 and Redlands at 883 to round out the top five.
"We're in the hunt and have put ourselves in a good position heading into tomorrow," said Coach Lee Richter. "I still believe we have not played our best golf yet and we'll see what we're made of."
Sophomores Logan Lanier and Osborn Theam, along with freshman Ryan Najim, all shot rounds of even par 72. Senior Cory Howard rounded out the Panthers' scoring with a 2-over par 74. Howard is tied for eighth in the individual standings.
Najim was 1-over par on the front nine but birdied the par-3 12th hole and recorded pars on the other eight holes to finish even par. Lanier and Howard each birdied the 18th hole to help push the Panthers into third place.
The Panthers tee off at 9:25 a.m. Friday. They will be paired up with Berry and Wittenberg.
The Panthers equalled their NCAA low round score of 290, set last year on the Grandover Resort West Course... Logan Lanier is tied for the tournament lead with 41 pars... Cory Howard is tied for third in the tournament with 13 birdies... The Panthers have a scoring average of 4.90 and six-under par on the par 5s, good for second in the tournament...