NEWTON— The third round at the NJCAA Men’s National Golf Tournament was a great day for scoring. Barton Community College sophomore Landon Fox took advantage of it.
The Winfield native shot his best round of the tournament with a 3-over par 75 to move up six spots in the standings to 63rd. Fox stands at 18-over 234 through three rounds at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
Four teams shot under par during the day and twenty golfers broke par during the round.
Fox was solid throughout his round. He opened with five straight pars before a bogey on the sixth put him 1-over. He also bogeyed eight and wrapped up the front side with a 2-over 38.
Fox bogeyed the 11th hole to go 3-over then came back with a birdie on the par 3 13th to get back to 2-over. However Fox bogeyed the next hole then finished with four straight pars for his round of 75.
That matched the best score Fox shot last year at the NJCAA championships. Fox is five strokes out of the top 50. Last year he finished 54th overall.
Vetle Maroy of Odessa (Texas) College shot the tournament’s best round so far with his 6-under 66. Maroy had five birdies and an eagle on the day with one bogey. That moved him into first place with a 3-day total of 8-under 208. Michael DeMorat of Eastern Florida State, the day two leader, shot 2-under 70 and is now in second at 209.
Nine golfers are under par through three rounds.
Indian Hills (Iowa) was one of three teams to blister the course during the third round shooting a team total of 8-under par 280. That kept them in the lead and put them under par with a 3-day total of 3-under 861. Eastern Florida State did them one better with a 9-under par 279 and close to within two strokes of the lead. Eastern Florida State is 1-under 863 heading into the final round.
McLennan (Texas) also had a great day with an 8-under 280 and moved into third at 870. Dodge City and Hutchinson stayed in sixth and eighth place. Dodge City shot a 293 and sits in sixth with an 887 while Hutchinson shot a 296 and is in eighth at 898.
Top 10 Individuals – Par 72
1 Vetle Maroy (Odessa), 71-71-66—208
2 Michael DeMorat (Eastern Fla St), 72-67-70—209
3 Cory Donnell (McLennan), 71-70-70—211
4 Kerry Sweeney (Eastern Fla St), 71-74-67—212
5 David Wicks (Midland), 73-71-69—213
5 Jakob Garstecki (Indian Hills), 73-72-68—213
7 Marty Sanchez (New Mexico JC), 72-73-69—214
8 Ryan Gaske (Eastern Arizona), 72-75-68—215
8 George Trujillo (Indian Hills), 73-71-71—215
10 PJ Shields (Faulkner St), 70-75-71—216
63 Landon Fox, 79-80-75—234
Team Scores – (Top 10)
1 Indian Hills (Iowa), 289-292-280—861
2 Eastern Florida State, 290-294-279—863
3 McLennan (Texas), 293-297-280—870
4 Odessa (Texas), 296-291-290—877
5 Wallace State (Ala), 289-308-285—882
6 Dodge City, 296-298-293—887
7 Western Texas, 295-295-302—892
8 Hutchinson, 292-310-296—898
9 New Mexico JC, 298-305-298—901
9 Faulkner State (*), 300-312-289—901