Wahl makes her move at NCAAs, improves to tie for 27th
ETSU's Gabriella Wahl made her move on Thursday during the third round of the NCAAs.
ETSU's Gabriella Wahl made her move on Thursday during the third round of the NCAAs.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (May 22, 2014) – ETSU junior Gabriella Wahl (Heidenheim, Germany) said she learned a lot from her first two rounds of play in the NCAA Championships at the Tulsa Country Club. Her effort in Thursday’s third round only confirmed Wahl’s assessment.

With a birdie on her seventh hole of the day, Wahl got to 1-under-par and then stayed there to card a score of 69, moving up 23 spots from a tie for 50th to a tie for 27th heading into Friday’s fourth and final round. Wahl now stands at 8-over-par 218 for the tournament, while Duke’s Celine Boutier and Southern California’s Doris Chen are tied for the individual lead at 3-under-par 207.

“I am really happy with today’s round, because bogey free always feels great,” Wahl said. “I simply didn’t have the mental mistakes I did yesterday, and I hope to continue that tomorrow.”

Wahls bogey-free round included 17 pars and the single birdie on the course’s 16th hole, a 466-yard Par 5. Having started on No. 10, it was Wahl’s seventh hole of the day.

ETSU assistant coach Lauren Stratton – who is on the trip with Wahl as ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton is on maternity leave – said she was impressed by Wahl’s round on Thursday.

“Gabriella played a solid round today,” Stratton said. “She took advantage of the quieter winds this morning, and whenever she hit a poor shot she followed it up with a nice recovery shot. This was a good round for moving day.”

The fourth and final round will be played on Friday, and Wahl is scheduled to start at 12:15 (CST) on hole No. 1. Fans can watch live scoring by visiting Golfstat.com and clicking on the NCAA Championship link, while ETSUBucs.com will also provide a complete wrap up following each day’s play.

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