Sept. 21, 2004
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior Alison Walshe and sophomore Mary Ellen Jacobs shot one-over par 73s and the Green Wave fired a team 298 for the second consecutive day as the Tulane University women's golf team won its season-opener at the University of Alabama-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate Tuesday at the par-72, 5,924-yard Ol' Colony Golf Complex.
Walshe, Jacobs, junior Liliana Alvarez and senior Lindsay Hulwick all posted Top 10 finishes to help the Green Wave stave off a late surge by eventual runners-up, Mississippi State. Tulane won the tournament by nine strokes with a 20-over par 596 (298-298), followed by MSU (309-296=605) and host Alabama (316-299=615).
"To have four players in the top 10 bodes well for us, because collegiate golf is all about your team's performance," head coach Sue Bower said. "You've got to get a complete effort from each of the members of your team, not just one or two players. We'll take this, work on some things we need to improve on, and hopefully this will set the tone for a great season.
"The conditions were a little easier today, there was less wind, so Mississippi State made a run of it. They probably cut the lead to three or four strokes and a couple of their players played out of their minds. But the bottom line is we played well and got the win. We came in as the highest ranked team and took care of business, and that's what we're supposed to do."
Walshe led all Tulane players with a two-day, three-over par 147 (74-73) to finish tied for fourth, and Jacobs was one stroke behind with a 148 (75-73) to finish in sole possession of sixth place. Alvarez was one spot later in seventh with a five-over par 149 (74-75) and Hulwick was tied for 10th with a 152 (75-77).
Senior Alexis Wooster, who participated as an individual in the season-opening tournament, finished tied for 20th with a seven-over par 157 (78-79), and team member Jessica Issler finished tied for 41st with a 162 (82-80).
Megan George of Alabama won the individual title with a one-under par 143 (74-69) to claim a two-stroke lead over Murray State's Nikki Orazine (75-70=145).
The Green Wave returns to action on Friday, Oct. 1, when they open play in the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. Tulane will play single rounds for three consecutive days with the final round being played on Sunday, Oct. 3.
Team Scores: 1. Tulane 298-298=596 (+20); 2. Mississippi State 309-296=605 (+29 ); 3. Alabama 316-299=615 (+39); 4. Mississippi 316-303=619 (+43); 5. Murray State 321-303=624 (+48); 6. Middle Tennessee 320-310=630 (+54); 7. Jacksonville State 321-312=633 (+57); T8. Birmingham Southern 321-316=637 (+61), UAB 320-317=637 (+61); 10. Memphis 332-309=641 (+65); T11. Troy State 329-315=644 (+68), Augusta State 325-319=644 (+68); 13. Samford 340-320=660 (+84); 14. Belmont 347-330=677 (+101).
Individual Leaders: 1. Megan George (Alabama) 74-69=143 (-1); 2. Nikki Orazine (Murray State) 75-70=145 (+1); 3. Beth Irwin (Mississippi State) 73-73=146 (+2); T4. Alison Walshe (Tulane) 74-73=147 (+3), Amanda Mathis (Mississippi State) 79-68=147 (+3).
Tulane Scores: T4. Alison Walshe 74-73=147 (+3); 6. Mary Ellen Jacobs 75-73=148 (+4); 7. Liliana Alvarez 74-75=149 (+5); T10. Lindsay Hulwick 75-77=152 (+8); T20. Alexis Wooster* 78-79=157 (+13); T41. Jessica Issler 82-80=162 (+18).