Oct. 6, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The junior duo of Linn Gustafsson and Janine Fellows combined for a 5-under par round and each recorded top-10 finishes en route to helping the Tulane women's golf team to a 2-over par final round and a second place finish with a 10-over par 874 total today at the Windy City Collegiate Championships at The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill.
The Green Wave had one goal entering Tuesday's final round and that was to finish no worse than second place, but to do that TU had to surpass a pair of top 20 teams in Arizona (16) and New Mexico (17) in cold, windy conditions with rain on the final holes.
But the precocious Green Wave did just that behind the example set by Gustafsson and Fellows. Gustafsson played solid golf with just one flaw, which was as bogey on the par-4, 17th hole, but she quickly made up for her mistake with three birdies and even-par golf on the remaining 17 holes. She finished with a 2-under par 70 round, which marked her second subpar round of the Championships, and a three-day total of 3-under par 213 for a third place effort.
After a rocky 6-over par 78 total during her opening round, Fellows dug in and fired a pair of subpar rounds to conclude the event with a 2-over par 218 today, which was good enough for a ninth place finish. On Tuesday, Fellows overcame three bogeys with six birdies and carded a 3-under par 69, which tied Michigan's Ashley Bauer for the best individual round of the day.
Freshman Maribel Lopez Porras wasn't able to follow up her second round total of 4-under par 68, which tied for the lowest round of the tournament, on Tuesday. Porras was 1-over par heading into the 15th hole, but the inclement weather seemed to get the best of the first-year collegian as she registered a double bogey on holes 15 and 17 and a pair of bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes. She finished with a 7-over par 79 during the final round and completed the event with 7-over par 223, which was good enough for 18th place.
"I'm very proud of our effort today in the tough conditions we faced, especially toward the end," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "I thought we did a great job of moving up the board and accomplishing our goal of finishing in second place. Janine and Linn carried us this week and both players really stepped up and took care of business.
"Today, we left a couple of shots out there so those are things we'll need to work on. Overall we had a great event and we know what we need to work on to improve. I'm very proud of Maribel's overall effort. She didn't finish as strong as I would have liked her to, but she played very well for a freshman for 49 holes. This experience will go a long way in helping her mature as player."
Sophomore Ashley McKenney posted her best outing of the Championships during the final round with a 2-over par 74 and registered a 32nd place finish with a three round total of 10-over par 226. Classmate Samantha Troyanovich took a 5-over par 77 into the clubhouse on Tuesday for a 47th place finish with a 14-over par 230.
Purdue captured the team championship for the second-straight year, finishing at 4-under 860 for the two-day event, defeating second-place Tulane by 14 strokes. Arizona's 21-over 885 was good enough for third-place, with New Mexico, Michigan, Iowa State and UNLV rounding out the top nine.
The Boilermakers' Maude-Aimee LeBlanc captured the individual championship, shooting a 5-under 211 and holding off Michigan's Ashley Bauer (4-under 212) by one stroke with Gustaffson in third place.
2 Tulane 295-289-290=874 (+10) 3 Linn Gustafsson 69-74-70=213 (-3) T9 Janine Fellows 78-71-69=218 (+2) T18 Maribel Lopez Porras 76-68-79=223 (+7) T32 Ashley McKenney 76-76-74=226 (+10) T47 Samantha Troyanovich 74-79-77=230 (+14)
Team Results: 1. Purdue (-4), 2. Tulane (+10), 3. Arizona (+21), T4. Northwestern (+26), T4. Nortre Dame (+26), T6. New Mexico (+31), T6. Michigan (+31), 8. Iowa State (+35), 9. UNLV (+36), T10. UNC-Greensboro (+42), T10. TCU (+42), 12. Illinois (+43), 13. Oklahoma (+47), 14. East Carolina (+51), 15. UNC-Wilmington (+69)
Player Results (Top-10): 1. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Purdue (-5), 2. Ashley Bauer, Michigan (-4) 3. Linn Gustafsson, Tulane (-3), 4. Junthima Gulyanamitta, Purdue (-2), 5. Becca Huffer, Notre Dame (E), T6. Annie Brophy, Notre Dame (+1), T6. Laura Gonzalez-Esca, Purdue (+1), T6. Jodi Ewart, New Mexico (+1), T9. Janine Fellows, Tulane (+2), T9. Ellen Mueller, Oklahoma (+2), T9. Lauren Weaver, Northwestern (+2)