Big Ten Championships Round 3 Notes:
9 a.m. – The ever-changing weather conditions at Windsong continue this morning. The mixed bag of rain/sun/humidity from Friday has given way to sunny skies and strong winds. Temperatures are in the low 50s with the highs projected into the mid 60s.
9:15 a.m. – Live hole-by-hole results are available on golfstat.com over the next two days. The army of volunteers courtesy of the U of M and Windsong has allowed a scorer to walk with each group and send the scores into scoring central in the clubhouse.
9:30 a.m. – In talking with a few coaches, they don't think that if the wind keeps up to this extent, that many, if any players can break par in this wind. At the moment it's a consistent 20-25 mph wind. An MGA rules official just alerted us that there is a wind advisory today and that its possible later in the day that they could have to suspend play if the ball will not rest on the greens. Should be an interesting day.
9:35 a.m. – Just told that the winds are SW at 17-32 mph and the wind chill is 44 degrees.
9:52 a.m. – Although we already have three double bogeys early on, the first birdie was carded by Wisconsin's Michael Sorenson on the par 3 10th. Par is definitely a good score on just about any hole today.
10:45 a.m. – Early in the third round, Illinois has moved it's lead to 14 thanks to a couple bogeys from Iowa.
11:03 a.m. – A few course stats from today...there are just 10 birdies midway through the opening round with 10 double bogeys and two "others". Holes 17 and 6 are playing a full stroke over par to this point. They are two longer par fours playing dead into the wind. Luckily for the field, holes 9 and 18, the two longest par 5s that play straight uphill, are playing down wind today.
11:40 a.m. – Illinois' Zach Barlow holds a 1-shot lead through 3 holes over Northwestern's David Lipsky, who is -2 today despire windswept conditions. He is through 5 holes.
1:55 p.m. – Michigan's Matt Thompson has the round of the day going at -4 through 14 holes in these conditions. He has moved into third place.
2:02 p.m. – Big change in the individual leaderboard. Barlow goes +3 on holes 10-11 to fall out of the lead and to -3 overall. Lipsky moves into the lead at -5 overall with Thompson at -4. Both ar through 14. The wind has really picked up at Windsong. We are situated in the clubhouse overlooking the 16th hole and there are whitecaps on the pond that guards the 16th green.
2:20 p.m. – Illinois still maintains a 9-shot lead on a surging Purdue. Lipsky loses a stroke on 15 to fall into a tie with Thompson of Michigan. Barlow and Hoag are 1 shot back.
2:27 p.m. – Thompson suffers his first bogey since the first hole on the 16th to fall a shot back of Lipsky. Thompson has a stunning five birdies on his card in this weather.
2:54 p.m. – Michigan's Jack Schultz amazingly eagles the par 5 18th to finish with an even par 71, the best round of the day to this point. Schultz now has three eagles in the tournament and 3 of the 4 in the tournament. Schultz is even for the tournament and is in sixth place alone.
3:00 p.m. – Barrett Kelpin of Iowa gets into red numbers and is -1 overall and is in fifth.
3:10 p.m. – Penn State's T.J. Howe cards a front nine 32 and finishes with an even par 71.
3:11 p.m. – Michigan's Matt Thompson completes the round of the day with a -3 68. He birdied 18 to post. He is the only player in the field to go under par today.
3:16 p.m. – The fifth eagle of the tourney belongs to Illinois' Matt Hoffman, carding a 3 on the par 5 18th to finish with a 75.
3:40 p.m. – Luke Guthrie of Illinois also eagles the 18th hole. That's the sixth eagle of the tournament.
4:05 p.m. – Round three is complete with Illinois owning a 12-shot lead over Michigan. The Wolverines shot a 294 this afternoon, six shots better than the next best score. Iowa is in third, followed by Northwestern. David Lipsky (Northwestern) and Matt Thompson (Michigan) are tied for the lead at -3 with Zach Barlow (Illinois) and Barrett Kelpin (Iowa) two shots back at -1.
4:45 p.m. – The scoring average today was 77.25 (+6.25), more than three shots higher than the first two rounds. Round one was 74.04 and the second round was 73.20. The par 4 17th hole was the toughest hole of the day, playing nearly a stroke over par (+0.95).