Sept. 28, 2010
New Orleans - Tulane senior Janine Fellows completed one of her finest tournaments as a collegian as she fired a 2-under 70 during her final round to post a second place finish and the Green Wave combined for a 10-over 298 total to grab third place at the 2010 Golfweek Conference Challenge on the Fazio Course at the Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo.
Fellows was steady throughout the tournament and should see her stock rise on the next round of national rankings. Today, she matched her first round score and finished the 54-hole event with a 3-under 213 total and missed tying her career mark of 4-under by one stroke. Fellows notched the sixth top five finish of her career and produced the second-best college event of her career.
During her final round, she was guilty of four bogeys, but she more than made up for her miscues with four birdies, which gave her 13 for the tournament, and she knocked in her first birdie of the fall season at the par-5, 15th hole. She started on the third hole and was 1-over at the turn, but caught fire and was 2-under after completing the back nine. Fellows concluded the event in fashionable style with a birdie on her final home to fall to 3-under and secure second place.
Tulane edged UC Davis for third place by two strokes and the Green Wave has now posted a pair of top 10 finishes during its young fall season and its first top five outing. The Challenge featured 18 different Division I conferences, while 15 of the teams in the field finished the 2009-10 season ranked in the top 75 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. The Wave has certainly staked its case for a top-15 ranking in the last two weeks, including a ninth place finish two weeks ago at the prestigious Fall Preview, and today's effort.
"We had a very solid first day and we certainly didn't play our best the second day, but we came back with better round today to finish third," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "We had trouble with the greens the last couple of days and the result was we played well but just couldn't get our short game going. We had three players play well today but couldn't the other two to come around the last two days, but I know they will bounce back soon. It was great to represent our conference at such great event.
Porras turned in a 21st place finish with an 8-over 224. She took a 4-over 76 to the clubhouse during her final round and just missed out on her fifth top 20 showing.
Gustafsson rallied each day after getting off to a slow start in the first round. She fired a three-round, 10-over 226 and finished 26th. Gustafsson was 5-over after her first round and improved by one stroke during Monday's second round. Today, she carded a 1-over 73, which tied for her second best round of the fall campaign.
Senior Samantha Troyanovich matched her second round score today with an identical 8-over 80 and finished in 48th place with a 16-over 232 total. Junior Meghan Chapman completed her first tournament as a Green Wave player with a 7-over 79 during her final round and posted a 50th place finish with a 19-over 235 total. She and Troyanovich each got off to a solid start with a pair of even rounds on the first day but couldn't maintain their short games during the final two rounds.
Virginia took home the team title with a six stroke cushion over second place Arizona. UC Davis was fourth, while Tennessee had a great round on the final day and shot up to fifth place.
Brittany Altomare of Virginia claimed the individual medalist honor by narrowly edging Fellows by one stroke.
Tulane will take two weeks off before heading to the East Coast to compete in the Tarheel Invitational, Oct. 8-10, at the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.
3 Tulane 287-304-298-889 (+25) 2 Janine Fellows 70-73-70-213 (-3) T21 Maribel Lopez Porras 73-75-76-224 (+8) T26 Linn Gustafsson 77-76-73-226 (+10) T48 Samantha Troyanovich 72-80-80-232 (+16) T50 Meghan Chapman 72-84-79-235 (+19)
1. Virginia (+13), 2. Arizona (+19), 3. Tulane (+25), 4. UC Davis (+27), 5. Tennessee (+30), 6. UNLV (+32), 7. Denver (+33), 8. Minnesota (+36), 9. Pepperdine (+39), 10. Chattanooga (+47), 11. Texas A&M (+68), 12. San Jose State (+70), 13. Harvard (+76), 14. Missouri State (+81), T15. Coastal Carolina (+84), T15. Campbell (+84), 17. Sacramento State (+99), Central Arkansas (+102)
Individual Results (top 10 only)
1. Brittany Altomare, Virginia (-4), 2. Janine Fellows, Tulane (-3), 3. Therese Koelbaek, UNLV (-2), T4. Kelly Drack, Denver (+1), T4. Michele Edlin, Minnesota (+1), 6. Alejandra Llaneza, Arizona (+2), 7. Margarita Ramos, Arizona (+3), T8. Nathalie Mansson, Tennessee (+4), T8. Calle Nielson, Virginia (+4), T8. Demi Runas, UC Davis (+4)