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Embry-Riddle women’s golf’s Carlson, Williams survive final cut at Nationals
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Embry Riddle's Jessica Williams tees off during the ERAU Spring Invitational Golf Tournament on a windy Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. She and Elle Carlson were the only ERAU players that qualified for the final round in the NAIA Women’s National Championship tournament May 17 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Embry Riddle's Jessica Williams tees off during the ERAU Spring Invitational Golf Tournament on a windy Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. She and Elle Carlson were the only ERAU players that qualified for the final round in the NAIA Women’s National Championship tournament May 17 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Competing as individuals, Embry-Riddle women’s golfers Elle Carlson and Jessica Williams on Thursday, May 16, qualified for the fourth and final round of the NAIA Women’s National Championship tournament May 17 at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

Carlson fired a +3 in the third round and currently sits in a three-way tie for 16th place with a total of +6 (74-73-75=222) on the par 72, 6,050-yard West Course. Williams was even par in the third round and continued to climb out of a significant first-round hole, moving up nine places and into a four-way tie for 29th with a +9 (79-74-72=225).

If Carlson and Williams finish the tournament among the Top 30 in the field on Friday, they would earn All-America honors.

Michela Tjan of Keiser University remained in first place, registering a minus-1 in the third round for a total of minus-2 (73-70-71=214). Kate Johnston of British Columbia is two shots back of a tie for the lead after shooting an even par in the third round to stand at even overall (75-69-72=216). Devaki Ganesh of Northwestern Ohio tallied even par in the third round for third place overall at +1 (74-71-72=217).

Six golfers were sitting in a tie for fourth overall at +2, meaning no particular golfer appears to hold a significant edge heading into the final round.

On the team side of things, British Columbia remained the frontrunner after compiling a +20 total (294-296-294=884). Keiser University (+25, 297-296-296=889) stayed in second place and SCAD-Savannah (+34, 302-294-302=898) held on to third place.

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The fourth and final round of the NAIA Women’s National Championship tournament will be played this morning, May 17, at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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