Junior Janine Fellows turned in a fifth-place finish en route to helping the Green Wave defend its team title today at the Rebel Intercollegiate.
April 4, 2010
Oxford, Miss. - The 32nd-ranked Tulane women's golf team seemed well on its way to defending its team title at the 2010 Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate after entering the final round with an eight stroke advantage, but a 7-over 295 on the final day combined with a 1-under total from 23rd-ranked Texas A&M made things interesting down the stretch but the Green Wave maintained its poise and collected its second straight championship at the event in as many years with a three-round 13-over 877 at the Ole Miss Golf Course.
Tulane held tight to a one stroke advantage for a majority of the afternoon, but never relinquished its hold on the top spot and by the time the final put sank to the bottom of the cup on the 18th hole, Tulane had edged Texas A&M by three strokes.
Junior Janine Fellows produced a 1-over 73 to finish as TU's top individual with a fifth place showing, while freshman Maribel Lopez Porras carded the best round of the day by a Green Wave golfer with an even-par performance to place 12th in the field, which marked the best finish of her young career.
After playing subpar golf during her first two rounds with a 2-under par performance, junior Linn Gustafsson suffered through four bogeys during the final round to finish 2-over for the event, which was good enough for eighth place and her best finish since a third place showing at the Windy City Championships last October.
Sophomore Samantha Troyanovich fired a 2-over 74 during her final round and was the fourth Green Wave to finish in the top-20 at No. 18, which marks her best finish since a fourth place showing at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge one month ago. Sophomore Ashley McKenney took a 5-over 77 to the clubhouse today during her final round and finished tied for 45th place.
"This was truly a team effort this weekend with each of our players contributing in big ways," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "I thought we did a great job of battling down the stretch today and finishing off a great tournament after Texas A&M got close to us. I'm very happy with the way we defended our team title and rebounding from the last two weeks. It's great to have four players in the top-20 and two in the top-10."
Tulane edged the No. 23-ranked Aggies and finished atop a field that included four Big 12 Conference schools, two fellow Conference USA members, two opponents from the Southeastern Conference and the lone representative from the Big 10 Conference.
The Green Wave took home its second team title this spring and the second in its last four tournaments. Tulane captured the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on March 2. Since the golf program was reinstated prior to the 2008-09 campaign, Horton has led the Green Wave to four tournament victories and TU has finished in the top-10 in 13 of its 20 tournaments to date, which includes last year's Conference USA team title and the 2009 Rebel Intercollegiate.
Missouri's Julia Potter took home the individual medalist honors with her 54-hole total, 8-under 208 and edged Texas A&M's Julia Boland and Ole Miss' Haley Sanders by six strokes. Potter recorded subpar scores during each of her three rounds, including a tournament-best 4-under 68 during Saturday's second round that proved to be the deciding factor in the individual race.
After posting back-to-back wins at the Rebel Intercollegiate, the Green Wave will look to do the same in its next tournament when it sets its sights on a repeat title at the Conference USA Championships, April 18-20, at the Canebrake Golf Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.
1. Tulane 290-292-295--877 (+13) 5. Janine Fellows 71-72-73--216 (E) T8. Linn Gustafsson 70-72-76--142 (+2) T12. Maribel Lopez Porras 73-75-72--220 (+4) T18. Samantha Troyanovich 76-73-74--223 (+7) T45. Ashley McKenney 78-75-77--230 (+14)
1. Tulane (+13), 2. Texas A&M (+16), 3. Ole Miss (+17), 4. East Tennessee State (+20), 5. Missouri (+24, 6. Arkansas-Little Rock (+31), 7. Middle Tennessee State (+38), 8. Illinois State (+42), 9. Kansas (+46), T10. Coastal Carolina (+51), T10. Augusta State (+51), T12. Kennesaw State (+52), T12. South Florida (+52), T14. SMU (+56), T14. Oklahoma (+56), 16. Wisconsin (+58), 17. Murray State (+67), 18. Southern Miss (+72), 19. Mississippi State (+79), 20. Princeton (+81)
Individual Results (Top-10)
1. Julia Potter, Missouri (-8), T2. Julia Boland, Texas A&M (-2), T2. Haley Sanders, Ole Miss (-2), 4. Mayte Vizcarrondo, East Tennessee State (-1), T5. Janine Fellows, Tulane (E), T6. Aruka Felgueroso, Coastal Carolina (+1), T6. Ket Premchuen, Kennesaw State (+1), T8. Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M (+2), T8. Linn Gustafsson, Tulane (+2), T8. Shena Young, South Florida (+2)