May 19, 2010
Wilmington, N.C. - The Tulane women's golf team rebounded from yesterday's poor opening round with a 5-over par 239 effort during today's rain shortened second round and moved up five spots to 19th place at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the Country Club of Landfall.
The Tulane golfers entered the course today with its sights set on redeeming themselves after shooting a disappointing 23-over 311 total during Tuesday's opening round, which placed them 24th in the field. Today, the Green Wave faced the tough task of tackling a course that got the best of it on Tuesday, but today a second obstacle was introduced in the form of Mother Nature. The morning wave of golfers escaped the course in stellar conditions, but the second wave, which included Tulane, was not as fortunate.
The Green Wave's second round was stopped before it could be started. Following opening tee shots from juniors Linn Gustafsson and Janine Fellows, horns around the range sounded and play was officially stopped at 1:49 p.m. EST with inclement weather moving into the area.
Following a 58-minute delay, play resumed at 2:47 p.m., and sophomore Samantha Troyanovich, freshman Maribel Lopez Porras and sophomore Ashley McKenney were finally able to tee off and begin their round. However, the dark clouds over Landfall gave way to heavy rains and play was officially suspended once again at 3:28 p.m. Following a 49-minute delay, the dark clouds quietly vanished into a bright sky and play resumed at 4:17 p.m.
Starting at the 10th tee, Tulane made quick work of the back nine with five birdies and finished 1-over par as a group, and was looking good heading into the final nine holes. However as the Wave made the turn, the rain began to fall and the bogeys began to stack up. Tulane quickly jumped from 1-over to 4-over through the first three holes. As the rain continued to fall, Tulane looked to be faltering and moved to 6-over par.
But as a deluge set in, a soaked Green Wave team began to show its true colors. Troyanovich birdied back-to-back holes at Nos. 5 and 6, while McKenney chalked up a birdie of her own at No. 4, dropping the Wave to 5-over for the round, and currently gives Tulane the third-best effort among the field during the second round.
With five holes remaining, rains and impending darkness forced NCAA officials to sound the horn for the third time today and suspend the round. Play was officially stopped at 7:27 p.m. with nine groups of 27 players remaining on the course.
For the Wave, Troyanovich is even and will play three holes, while McKenney is 1-over and will play five holes, the most by a Green Wave player on Thursday. Fellows and Porras are each 2-over par and Fellows will play two holes, while Porras will need to finish her final four holes to complete the second round. Gustafsson was the lone Tulane player to complete her round with a 9-over 81.
"I am very pleased with the way we handled the weather and all the starts and stops during today's second round," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "I really thought we battled through the weather very well and even picked up three strokes in probably the worst conditions of the day. It was nice to see us come and play like we normally do."
Tulane will resume its second round on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. The Green Wave will have an hour break before hitting the links once again for its third round.
Live scoring and results will be available each day on www.GolfStat.com, while live video streaming of the final two rounds will also be available online at www.ncaa.com. Holes 16, 17 and 18 will be video streamed during Thursday's (5/20) third round and during the final round on Friday (5/21).
T19 Tulane 311-239=550 (+28) T62 Samantha Troyanovich 78-61=139 (+6) T62 Ashley McKenney 77-53=130 (+6) T70 Maribel Lopez Porras 77-58=135 (+7) T92 Janine Fellows 79-67=146 (+9) T116 Linn Gustafsson 79-81=160 (+16)
1. USC (-6), 2. Alabama (+1), 3. Purdue (+2), 4. UCLA (+4), 5. Arizona State (+5), 6. Arizona (+6), 7. Virginia (+9), T8. Vanderbilt (+12), T8. Florida State (+12), T10. Auburn (+13), T10. Oklahoma State (+13), 12. Duke (+15), T13. TCU (+18), T13. Texas A&M (+18), 15. Texas (+19), 16. South Carolina (+21), 17. New Mexico (+23), 18. Pepperdine (+27), T19. Tulane (+28), T19. Tennessee (+28), 21. Stanford (+29), 22. San Jose State (+32), 23. Kent State (+34), 24. Oregon (+35)
Individuals Score (top-10 only)
1. Jennifer Johnson, Arizona State (-7), 2. Jennifer Song, USC (-6), T3. Cyna Rodriguez, USC (-4), T3. Margarita Ramos, Arizone (-4), T3. Claude-Aimee LeBlanc, Purdue (-4), T3. Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State (-4), T7. Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue (-2), T7. Rhea Nair, Alabama (-2), T7. Brooke Beeler, TCU (-2), T10. Cydney Clanton, Auburn (-1), Megan McChrystal, LSU (-1)