GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Dani Bellet made the jump into the top 10 Thursday afternoon after the third round of the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.
Bellet, a senior for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team, started the day six over after two rounds, but got off to a solid start and was two under through much of the first nine holes. She was even par after nine, and made it all the way to three under par coming into the final hole of the third round. She got a double bogey on the No. 9, her final hole of the day, but still finished the day one-under par with a 72.
The one-under puts Bellet, who started in a tie for 20th place, in a four-way tie for eighth with three other golfers, including Kylie Barros – the defending national champion. Both golfers have a three-round score of 224, and both shot 72s Thursday afternoon. Bellet is five strokes behind Victoria’s Megan Woodland, who leads the field with an even-par 219. Oklahoma City’s Jessica Schiele and Oklahoma Christian’s Anna Arrese Cortadellas are tied for second with 220s.
Bellet tees off for the final round of her collegiate career at 9 a.m. CDT from No. 10 Friday morning. She golfs with Lindsey Wilson’s Kaitlin Allan and Thomas University’s Jessica Macphee.
Bellet will be the only Tiger golfer competing in Friday’s fourth and final round. As a team, DWU shot a 343 Thursday for a three-round total of 1,013 and failed to make the 17-team cut after three rounds. Dakota Wesleyan finishes the tournament in 24th place.
Also for the Tigers Thursday afternoon, Chelsea Burback shot a 92 to finish with a three-round total of 262. She is in 118th place. Jenna Winckler carded an 88 in the third round to finish tied for 122nd with a three-day total of 264. Sophomore Kamie Roesler shot a 93 to finish with a 268 and tied for 125th and freshman Talia Peters tied for 131st with a 275 after shooting a 91 Thursday.
British Columbia leads the team standings with a three-round total of 908 and Savannah College of Art & Design is one stroke behind in second with a 909. Shorter (Ga.) is currently third with a 916.