May 23, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – BYU’s no-Sunday-play controversy turned out to be a moot point in the team competition – the Cougars finished last in the 24-team field – but there was an impact in the individual race.
The field was cut to 15 teams after 54 holes, and the top nine individuals on a non-advancing team played in Monday’s fourth and final round of stroke play at Eugene Country Club.
Through three rounds, BYU’s Kendra Dalton (third from left in photo) was tied for 27th with 14 other players at 2-over 218.
According to the NCAA’s non-sudden-death tie-breaking procedure, the individuals with the lowest score in their most recent round advanced.
Dalton shot 70 in the third round, while Baylor’s Laura Lonardi carded a 75 on Sunday. Because BYU does not play on Sundays for religious reasons, however, the Cougars were allowed to play their “third round” on Thursday, after the official practice round for the field. So although the third-round 70 was not Dalton’s most recent round in terms of timing – she had a 76 on Saturday – the 70 was technically her last counting score. Therefore, Dalton moved on and Lonardi did not.