NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Saint Leo men’s golfer JP Albuquerque got the round he was looking for Thursday evening, as he carded a third round two-over 74 (77-75-74—226) putting him in a tie for 14th-place. The Lion now finds himself just one shot shy of cracking the top ten and four strokes behind the top-five at the 2010 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in Noblesville, Ind.

Leading the 20-team, 105-person field is Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol as his one-under71 catapulted him over day two leader Ben Lasso of Queens. Bouniol is now at one-under 215 (76-68-71—215) for the tournament and holds a one shot advantage.

In team action, Chico State took the lead from Sunshine State Conference opponent Florida Southern, firing a five-over 293 (307-298-293—898) and currently holds a one stroke lead over the Mocs entering the final day of action at the par-72, 7132-yard Sagamore Golf Club.

Albuquerque put up his most consistent numbers of the tournament Thursday, as he began his round by going one-under on the back nine. After three consecutive pars, the Londrina, Brazil native broke through with a birdie on 13, his second of the tournament at that hole. Even in the eye of the pesky 15th, which he has bogeyed and double-bogeyed this week, Albuquerque proved his calm by sinking his putt for par. In total, he hit six-of-seven fairways and connected on eight-of-nine greens on the front side

On the turn, Albuquerque faced his first difficult challenge of the day as he bogeyed his first hole to drop back to even-par. Still the senior demonstrated his maturity and ability to bounce back as he sank his second birdie of the day at number two. His accuracy was point-on for the majority of the afternoon, even striking the flagstick on four from 181 yards out. Following consecutive pars at three, four, and five, he bogeyed a difficult hole at six, while an errant tee-shot at seven saw Albuquerque drop another shot and pushing his score to one-over.
A par on eight maintained his one-over play, but another pushed tee-shot on his final hole eventually fell as his third bogey of the afternoon. He entered the clubhouse tied with four others at 10-over.

As for how JP played Head Coach Ray Ciasbani stated, “He played very good golf, I think with a solid performance tomorrow he can easily crack the top 10. This has been a really good year for the team and has proven to everyone that we have players that not only compete, but are in position to win at a national level.”

Albuquerque returns to the course on Friday, May 21 for the final round at the NCAA Golf Championships. His tee-time is currently set for 9:15 a.m. EST.

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