May 20, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma's Ellen Mueller shot 1-over par on 17 holes of Thursday's third round of the NCAA Championships in Wilmington, N.C. It was the other hole that resulted in a 6-over round of 78 at the Country Club of Landfall.
Mueller, who entered the day in 46th place among 126 competitors, recorded an 8 on the par-3 16th hole and now stands in a 74th-place tie with a 227 (+11).
Mueller started her round on the 10th hole and parred the opening two holes. The junior birdied hole No. 12, a hole she bogeyed in each of the first two rounds. After another birdie on hole No. 15, Mueller found herself standing at an impressive 2-under start six holes into the round.
"Ellen started off really well," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "She gave herself some birdie opportunities and made some putts early on."
Mueller's fortune quickly turned, however, when she incurred a penalty after hitting the ball into a water hazard on the 157-yard 16th. She finished her opening nine with 39 (+3).
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The All-Big 12 selection bounced back by collecting her third birdie of the day on hole on No. 6, giving Mueller her second three-birdie day of the tournament. She finished with a 39 (+3) on the front side to finish at 6-over on the day.
Friday's round will mark the final 18 of the year for Mueller, and she looks to end in strong fashion.
"She has one more round," said Drouin Thursday afternoon. "She hopes to finish off the season on a good note."
Purdue was one of just two squads among the 24 in competition to shoot under par for the day (-8) and took over first place by seven shots over USC. The Boilermakers are 6-under for the tournament.
Individually, Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson leads with at 207 (-9) after 54 holes of play. Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall trails by just one stroke.
Mueller qualified for nationals by finishing in a tie for seventh place at the NCAA West Regional (May 6-8) in Stanford, Calif., with a three-round 219 (+6). She holds a program-best 74.45 season stroke average and has posted seven top-10 finishes in her 13 events this season.
For the final round, Mueller will be paired with East Tennessee State's Nina Muehl (+14) and Texas Tech's Rosalyn Kim (+15). The group will tee off Friday at 7:55 a.m. CT on hole No. 10.
Coverage of Mueller's play at the 2010 NCAA Championships will continue here at SoonerSports.com and on the OU women's golf program's new Twitter page. Live stats are available at GolfStat.com.