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Albuquerque, NM The Virginia women’s golf team moved up to 15th place during the third round of the NCAA Championships at the University of New Mexico Championship Course. The Cavaliers were one of 16 teams in the 24-team field that managed to complete the third round before darkness ended play.

Thursday’s play started at 7 a.m. in 40-degree temperatures when half the field, including Virginia, had to return to the course to complete their second round which was suspended Wednesday due to high winds. Virginia dropped to 17th on the leaderboard after shooting 29-over 317 in the challenging conditions.

The third round got underway with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, but was delayed at one point for a hour due to hail.

Lene Krog and Joy Kim had UVa’s best third-round scores, shooting 2-under 74. Jennie Arseneault shot 76, Whitney Neuhauser 77 and Calle Nielson carded a 78. After 54 holes of play, Arseneault and Krog lead the Cavaliers at 10-over 226. Kim stands at 232, Nielson at 233 and Neuhauser is at 239.

The Cavaliers enter Friday’s final round of the 72-hole event at 50-over 914. Auburn, Oklahoma State and Alabama are tied for 12th, one shot ahead of UVa. The 11th-place team, Purdue, is nine shots in front of the Cavaliers in the standings. UCLA and USC are tied for first at 16-over, but neither team managed to finish the third round.

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