HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — The Kenyon College golf team ran into some difficulty Thursday and posted a team score of 310 during the third round of the four-round NCAA Division III Championship at Mission Inn Resort and Club’s El Campeon Course.
The Lords’ third-round team total dropped them from a tie for 11th place after the second round of play to a tie for 13th place heading into Friday’s final round. The Lords’ three-round overall total now sits at 918, the same score posted by New York University. Methodist University is at the top of the team standings with a total of 873 strokes. Huntingdon College and Hampden-Sydney College are tied for second place with identical scores of 885.
With one more round to play, the Lords are currently 11 strokes away from registering a top-10 team finish.
Seniors Eric Lifson and Ethan Manalo were Kenyon’s top golfers Thursday. Lifson was low-man with a four-over-par 76. He overcame a double and a triple bogey on the back nine to post a four-over 41. He played the front nine at even par and his entire round included four birdies. Manalo went the opposite route. Two birdies helped him to even par on the back, while a couple of double-bogeys put him at five-over on the front. At the end of the round, he signed for a 77.
Nick Lust, a senior and Kenyon’s No. 1, was five-over-par on his last six holes of the day and finished his round with a six-over-par 78. First-year Armand Ouellette and senior Andrew Kotler rounded out the Kenyon scores with matching scores of 79.
As the strokes add up over the first three days, Lust is in an individual tie for 34th place with a tournament score of 226. Kotler is tied for 52nd place at 230 and Lifson is tied for 57th at 231. Ouellette is in a tie for 66th place with a 233 and Manalo is tied for 90th with a total of 242.
The Lords will return to the par-72 El Campeon Course tomorrow and will get the championship’s final round underway with tee times starting at 8:20 a.m.