After two wild rounds to begin her Ascending LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, Stephanie Meadow’s third round was positively tame by comparison.
The Galgorm touring pro had back-to-back rounds containing six birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey to get her into the weekend at level-par, but Saturday’s round was more sedate.
Meadow fired a one-under 71 at Old American Golf Club that consisted of just two birdies and one bogey, which saw her drop down to a share of 38th heading into the final round.
It was a day that promised a great deal after her opening two holes, the 30-year-old picking up back-to-back birdies to kick off her day, but she wasn’t able to kick on from that.
Thirteen pars in a row followed before she dropped her only shot of the day at the par-three 16th, and she finished with two more pars to end the day under-par but ten shots back of the lead.
That lead is held by China’s Xiyu Lin and England’s Charley Hull, who both pulled one shot ahead of the chasing pack at 11-under-par heading into day four.
Lin was the better of the pair in round three, a three-under 69 setting the initial clubhouse target before it was matched by overnight leader Hull, who added a 71 to join her at the top.
The pair lead by one shot over France’s Celine Boutier, whose six-under 66 was the second-lowest round of the day, and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko who added a 67 to sit at 10-under.