Former golfer double majored in ecology and evolutionary biology
Green Wave posts third place finish for second straight year
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Highlights from the final day of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
Former Tulane standout Linn Atiyeh is in her third season as a graduate assistant for the Green Wave women's golf program in 2013-14.
During her second season, Atiyeh played a key role in helping Tulane to a Conference USA Championship, NCAA East Regional second place finish and a spot in the NCAA Championship field. As a coach or player, she has been a part of three C-USA titles, five NCAA Regional appearances and three NCAA Championship fields.
Atiyeh has also had a hand in helping the Wave into the nation's Top-20 and the team has finished among the Top-5 teams in eight of 10 tournaments this season, and two golfers have combined for three individual titles this year as well.
Following graduation, Atiyeh rejoined the TU golf program last season and helped the team to three top-5 finishes and six total top-10 showings. Off the course, junior Maribel Lopez Porras captured the 2012 Conference USA individual title, was a member of the All C-USA Tournament team and was an All C-USA first team performer. The senior tandem of Ashley McKenney and Samantha Troyanovich joined freshman Gemma Dryburgh on the All C-USA third team and Porras and Dryburgh were each tabbed to the All-Louisiana first team.
Atiyeh, the 2009 C-USA and Louisiana Golfer and Newcomer of the Year, was a three-year letterwinner for Tulane from 2008-11. She twice earned All-America Scholar Team honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), becoming just the third player to receive the accolade.
Atiyeh completed her career as a three-time selection to the All C-USA team. She was a first team performer in 2009 and 2010. During her final season, she played in seven tournaments and sported a 74.81 average and earned All C-USA third team merits. Twenty-one of her 24 rounds counted toward the team score and she had three rounds of par or better, including a season-low 2-under 70 during the second round of the Alamo Invitational, where she also notched her best finish of the season with a ninth-place effort.
Off the course, Atiyeh was named to both the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Tulane 3.0 Club during her final three seasons and was tabbed to the All C-USA Academic Golf team during her junior and senior campaigns.
For her career, which began at Texas State where she played as a freshman before transferring to Tulane, Atiyeh played 119 rounds in 41 tournaments and posted a 75.49 (8,984 strokes) scoring average. She completed her career with three individual titles-- 2007 Chip-N-Club Invitational, 2008 Southland Conference Championship and 2009 Rebel Intercollegiate.
She recorded 18 top-20 finishes, including 15 top-10 showings and six top-5 finishes, and she shot par or better 19 times during her collegiate career. Her lowest round of her career came in 2009 at the LSU Golf Classic with a 5-under 67, which is also tied for the lowest single round in school history. Atiyeh's best 54-hole total was 212 at the 2007 Chip-N-Club Inv. She owns nine of the top single rounds in school history and holds eight of the top-54 hole performances in TU history.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Atiyeh earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Tulane in 2011. She is currently working towards her master's degree in business administration.
The former Linn Gustafsson was married to Joseph Atiyeh on August 10, 2013.