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Bellet in third nationally

GREENVILLE, Tenn. -- Dakota Wesleyan junior Dani Bellet is four strokes off the lead after the third day at the NAIA Woman's Golf National Championship Thursday at Link Hills Golf and Country Club.

GREENVILLE, Tenn. -- Dakota Wesleyan junior Dani Bellet is four strokes off the lead after the third day at the NAIA Woman's Golf National Championship Thursday at Link Hills Golf and Country Club.

Bellet, who's in third place, shot a 75 on Thursday to finish with a three-day total of 226. Nathalie Silva (California Baptist) and Kylie Barros (British Columbia) are tied for lead with a score of 222.

DWU coach Adam Anderson said Bellet has a good opportunity to win the championship on the final day today.

"Hopefully she can post a good score," he said. "If she plays well, she has a chance to win the whole thing, which would be amazing.

With as good as Bellet is playing, Anderson said she could have had an even better day.

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"She's really striking the ball right now. She's lacing her driver and hitting pretty good iron shots within 20- to 25-feet each time," he said. "(Thursday) she could have had a four or five under round if some putts would have feel."

Par at Link Hills is a 73.

Bellet starts at the 10th hole today, which allows her to finish before the two golfers ahead of her. If Bellet finishes in the top 10, Anderson said she will finish on the all-tournament team.

"If you're top 10, you receive an automatic bid back to next year's tournament, regardless of what she or the team does next year," he said. "She has a very good chance of making the all-tournament team. Hopefully she can have a solid round (today) and put herself in the hunt to win a national championship."

The best finish by a DWU women's golfer at the national tournament is 20th -- which is what Bellet finished at last year.

"It's the best of what any girl (here) has ever done at nationals," Anderson said. "I've had a lot of people from Mitchell calling me or texting me asking me what's going on."

DWU sits 22nd out of 25 teams with a three-day score of 1,061.

DWU shot a 353 on Thursday.

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