March 14, 2010
New Orleans - The Tulane women's golf team saved their best outing of the 2010 Tiger/Wave Golf Classic for the final as the Green Wave combined for a 12-over par 300 on Sunday and completed the three-day event tied with Furman for 16th place at English Turn Golf & Country Club.
Tulane moved up two spots today after stumbling from an eighth-place showing during the first round to 18th place following Saturday's second round. On the final day, the winds died down and the Green Wave was able to turn in its lowest round of the Classic. In fact, today's average score was 75.57, which was nearly five strokes better than Saturday's wind-aided 80.74 second round average. Four of TU's five players notched at least one birdie and the team combined for eight on the day compared to eight total birdies during the first two days.
"Today's final round was a little bit better," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "I would not call it our best round or what we expect of ourselves, but it was better. We had a lot of positives today. The girls did a good job of idling back today and playing what I consider our normal golf. We had all five players in there with a chance to score well and play well. We are a good young team and we are going to learn from this."
Tulane and Furman finished two shots better than 18th-place Louisville and five shots behind 15th-place North Carolina State.
Samantha Troyanovich finished tied for 24th individually with a three round total of 227 after her 1-over par 73 today.
"I actually played a lot better than 1-over today," Troyanovich said. "One hole kind of kicked me in the butt, but it was much better today. We had much more confidence today as a team and rebounded pretty well in retrospect. The first two days were pretty rough, but we got our act together today and finished a little more respectably."
Linn Gustafsson posted the second best score of the day for the Green Wave with a 3-over 75, while Janine Fellows and Ashley McKenney both scored a 4-over 76 for the round. Fellows finished tied for 60th overall with a three-round total of 18-over and McKenney was tied for 64th with a 20-over 236 total.
The Green Wave return to action in two weeks when they travel to Athens, Ga., for the Liz Murphy Collegiate at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
Auburn's solid back nine in the final round led the Tigers to the team title on Sunday afternoon, while LSU's Megan McChrystal birdied No. 18 to claim the individual title.
Auburn, the nation's second ranked team, shot an even par 288 in Sunday's final round to defeat second-place TCU by seven strokes. The Tigers posted a combined 27-over par in the three-round tournament co-hosted by Tulane and LSU.
"It was a great team effort today," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "They did what they had to do to get it done against some really strong teams. I could not be happier with this win. Today we had two birdies and an eagle on 15 that gave us a charge to finish it up strong."
After the first 12 holes, Auburn was tied with LSU with TCU one stroke behind. Auburn then posted eight birdies and one eagle in the final six holes to pull away and secure the win. TCU struggled on the back nine after posting a 6-under par front nine. The Horned Frogs collected 11 bogies and one double bogie in the final eight holes to finish at 5-over par for the day and 32-over for the tournament.
LSU had 13 bogies and two double bogies in the final six holes to fad from the leader as well. The Lady Tigers finished fourth as a team with a combined 37-over par score. Alabama finished in third-place, 33-over par after a 2-over score in the final round.
Virginia rounded out the top five with a three-day total of 38-over par.
McChrystal, in a battle with Virginia's Calle Nielson all afternoon, birdied the 18th hole to secure her victory. McChrystal's 3-under par round followed her two even-par days on Friday and Saturday. Nielson also posted a 3-under afternoon, but was 1-over par after the first two rounds.
"I had a few hiccups here and there today," McChrystal said."But, this golf course is very tough and you have to just keep fighting all the way around. I am pretty happy with how I played today under the conditions. It was a lot of fun today."
Auburn's Cydney Clanton also finished under par for the tournament, finishing third with a 1-under.
The best individual round of the day came off the clubs of Georgia's Emilie Berger. She posted a 6-under par 66 to slide into the top 10. Berger's round was the best individual performance of the tournament.
Wake Forest's score of 5-under par in the third round was the best round of a team of the tournament. The Demon Deacons' finished in ninth-place.
The average score on the third round was 75.57, over five strokes better than the 80.74 average in Saturday's second round. The opening round average was 78.04.
17 Tulane 305-327-300--932 (+68)
T26 Samantha Troyanovich 76-78-73--227 (+11)
T60 Janine Fellows 77-81-76--234 (+18)
T64 Ashley McKenney 75-85-76--236 (+20)
T74 Linn Gustafsson 78-84-75--237 (+21)
T80 Maribel Lopez Porras 77-84-77--238 (+22)
1. Auburn (+25), 2. TCU (+32), 3. Alabama, (+33), 4. LSU (+37), 5. Virginia (+38), 6. Tennessee (+41), 7. Georgia (+42), 8. North Carolina (+45), 9. Wake Forest (+48), 10. Mississippi, (+53), 11 Vanderbilt +55, 12. Arkansas (+59), 13. Notre Dame (+60), 14. Purdue (+62), 15. North Carolina St. (+63), T16. Tulane (+68), T16. Furman University (+68), 18. Louisville (+70), 19. College of Charleston (+71), 20. Kentucky (+82), 21. UNC Wilmington (+96), 22. UCF (+97), 23. Mississippi State (+105).
1. Megan McChrystal, LSU (-3), 2. Calle Nielson, Virginia (-2), 3.Cydney Clanton, Auburn (-1), 4. Candace Schepperle, Auburn (+3), 5. Tessa Teachman, LSU (+4), T6. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt (+5), T6. Nathalie Mansson, Tennessee (+5), T6. Rachel Raastad, TCU (+5), T9. Emilie Burger, Georgia (+6), T9. Camilla Lennarth, Alabama (+6), T9. Brooke Pancake, Alabama (+6).