March 15, 2009
New Orleans - The 41st-ranked Tulane University women's golf team received a pair of record rounds from freshman Daniela Holmqvist and sophomore Linn Gustafsson as the duo each fired a five-under par 67s to tie the school's mark for lowest single round and the Green Wave combined for a school record 10-under par 278 performance, the lowest round of the final round, to post a second place finish at the 2009 LSU Golf Classic at the University Course in Baton Rouge.
A Green Wave group consisting of four freshmen and two sophomores overcame three days of playing on a rain-soaked course and a field of 15 nationally-ranked teams, including six top-25 squads, to rewrite or tie six of the school's team and individual records today, and produce a second place finish for the second time in three tournaments this spring and its sixth top-10 finish in seven tournaments dating back to last fall.
Along the way on Sunday, the upstart Wave not only established a new record for a single round with its 278 today, but Tulane's three-under par 861 total for the three-day event was the best 54-hole total in school history, while Holmqvist notched the best 54-hole total record by an individual with her five-under par 211 (70-74-67) total for the Classic.
Finally, three players concluded the day with a three-under par total, each of which ranks among the top-5 individual finishes for a single round. Along with Holmqvist and Gustafsson, TU also received a career best outing from freshman Samantha Troyanovich, who carded a three-under par 69 to the clubhouse in her final round, and finished in 23rd place with Gustafsson with a three-round total of two-over par.
Tulane finished ahead five top-25 teams, including No. 8 Wake Forest, No. 10 and host LSU, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 17 Louisville and No. 25 Arkansas, and the Wave also topped No. 32 TCU.
"This was a total team effort. Daniela, Linn and Samantha were amazing today. All three played near flawless golf from the tee to the green, and to have just one bogey between them today is pretty special. We would have not been able to accomplish what we did today without Janine on Saturday, and I thought Ashley's strong finish after a tough start today was another key to our final round."
Holmqvist turned in the best overall performance of her young career with a five-under 211 total. She registered 10 birdies during her 54 holes but saved her best round for the last day by posting five birdies and finishing even-par on her remaining 13 holes. She nailed two birdie attempts on the front nine and finished one-under par, but exploded on the back nine with three more birdies on holes 13-15 and went to the clubhouse with a career-best fifth place finish.
"This is a great finish for Daniela. She beat a lot of great players this week. She's an extremely hard worker and it's great to see things paying off for her," Horton said.
Meanwhile, Gustafsson entered Sunday's final round with a seven-over par total through her first two days, but brushed off the slow start with five birdies during her final round and just missed out on a possible six-under par score with her lone bogey of the day at the 11th hole. Her 67 total is the best round of her career and she went from 52nd entering the day to a 23rd-place finish for the Classic.
Troyanovich was another Green Wave who turned in a steady performance over the past three days. She was one-over par following the first round and completed the second round with a four-over par 72. However today, Troyanovich became the third TU linkster to notch the best round of her career with her three-under par effort, which ties for the sixth-best round in school history.
Fellows was the hero on Saturday with a team-best three-under par 69 that helped the Wave into fourth place. Today, she managed to four-over par 76 total and finished in 29th place at four-over par for the event.
McKenney got off to a fast start with a one-under outing on Friday, but carded a five-under par total on Saturday. She came through during the final round with a three-over par 75 and finished in 46th place with a three-day total of seven-over par.
"This is the best day of my collegiate coaching career and it was an honor to watch and be a part of a record-setting day. I am very proud of the team because each one of our players has worked extremely hard this spring at taking our program to the next level, and they accomplished that goal today," Horton said.
2 Tulane 289-294-278-861 (-3) T5 Daniela Holmqvist 70-74-67-211 (-5) T23 Linn Gustafsson 76-75-67-218 (+2) T23 Samantha Troyanovich 73-76-69-218 (+2) T29 Janine Fellows 75-69-76-220 (+4) T46 Ashley McKenney 71-77-75-223 (+7)Team Results: (1) Virginia (-8), (2) Tulane (-3), (3) LSU (+3), (4) Arkansas (+5), (T5) Wake Forest (+6), (T5) North Carolina (+6), (T5) Louisville (+6), (T8) TCU (+16), (T8) Kentucky (+16), (T10) Colorado (+20), (T10) South Carolina (+20), (12) Notre Dame (+21), (13) Furman (+26), (14) North Carolina State (+28), (15) UNC-Wilmington (+30), (16) Ole Miss (+32), (17) College of Charleston (+36), (18) Mississippi State (+54)
Individual Results (top-10): (T1) Callie Nielson, Virginia (-7), (T1) Lucy Nunn, Arkansas (-7), (T1) Benedicte Toumpsin (-7), (4) Nannette Hill, Wake Forest (-6), (T5) Daniela Holmqvist, Tulane (-5), Whitney Neuhauser, Virginia (-5), (T7) Jaqueline Hedwall, LSU (-4), (T7) Allie White, North Carolina (-4), (9) Cindy LaCrosse, Louisville (-2), (10) Alyssa Randolph, Kentucky (-2)
Arkansas' Lucy Nunn won the individual title in a playoff over Virginia's Calle Nielson and South Carolina's Benedicte Toumpsin. Nunn won on the second playoff hole (hole No. 11).