Women's Golf
Womens Golf Jumps To 6th At Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
 
Junior Alison Walshe fired a one-over par 72 in day two of the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championship.
 
Junior Alison Walshe fired a one-over par 72 in day two of the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championship.
 
 

Oct. 22, 2005

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After finishing the first round of play at the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championship in a tie 10th , the Tulane women's golf team used a one-over par 72 from junior Alison Walshe and a 73 from senior Liliana Alvarez to move up to sixth-place in the standings after two rounds at Cherokee Country Club.

Walshe, an 2005 All-American out of Westford, Mass., started the day in tied for 40th overall, but her one-over par showing boosted her into a six-way tie for 15th. Through the first 17 holes, Walshe played even par, but a bogey on the par four No. 9 hole ended her day with a one-over 72 and a total of 150 (+8) through two rounds.

"We did a good job of bouncing back today and I'm proud of the team's effort," Tulane head coach Sue Bower said. "We were much better in all facets of our game today, and if we can play like this again tomorrow, we've got a good chance to move up in the standings."

The biggest mover in the second round standings was Alvarez, who catapulted 26 spots from 50th to 24th. A native of Durango, Mexico, Alvarez improved her first-round score by six strokes with a two-over 73 for a two-day total of 152 (+10).

Yesterday's leader for Tulane, Mary Ellen Jacobs, fired a six-over 77 and remains the Green Wave's highest player in the rankings, checking in at No. 12. Junior Jessica Issler knocked one stroke off of her first-round total, ending her day at 78 and retaining the 50th spot while freshman Kasi Lee improved by 11 shots with a 77 in round two to move to 68th overall.

Purdue clings to a one-stroke lead (288, 301 = 589) over Georgia (297, 293) in the team standings while the Swedish Junior Nationals (297, 302) and Arkansas (300, 299) are tied for third and just two strokes off of the lead with 599s. Tulane and Michigan State are tied for sixth with a total of 607 and trail fifth-place Tennessee by one stroke (308, 298 = 606).

 

 

For the second consecutive day, Arkansas' Amanda McCurdy is atop the leaderboard and is joined by Georgia's Whitney Wade as both players have matching 36-hole sums of 144. Penn State's Maggie Lester and Purdue's Whitney Frykman and Onnarin Sattayabanphot each sit two strokes back with two-day totals of 146.

Tulane and the rest of the field return to Cherokee Country Club for the tournament's final round on Sunday, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m.

Team Scores: 1. Purdue 288, 301 = 589 (+21); 2. Georgia 297, 293 = 590 (+22); T3. Swedish Jr. Nationals 297, 302 = 599 (+31); T3. Arkansas 300, 299 = 599 (+31); 5. Tennessee 308, 298 = 606 (+38); T6. Tulane 308, 299 = 607 (+39); T6. Michigan State 294, 313 = 607 (+39); 8. North Carolina 305, 303 = 608 (+40); T9. Penn State 306, 308 = 614 (+46); T9. Southern Methodist 304, 310 = 614 (+46); T11. Ohio State 313, 302 = 615 (+47); T11. Kent State 296, 319 = 615 (+47); 13. Northwestern 310, 307 = 617 (+49); 14. Alabama 322, 316 = 638 (+70)

Individual Leaders: T1. Amanda McCurdy (Arkansas,) 70, 74 = 144 (+2); T1. Whitney Wade (Georgia) 71, 73 = 144 (+2); T3. Whitney Frykman (Purdue) 70, 76 = 146 (+4); T3. Maggie Lester (Penn State) 73, 73 = 146 (+4); T3. Onnarin Sattayabanphot( Purdue) 70, 36 = 146 (+4).

Tulane Scores: T7. Mary Ellen Jacobs 72, 77 = 149 (+7); T15. Alison Walshe 78, 72 = 150 (+8); T24. Liliana Alvarez 79, 73 = 152 (+10); T50. Jessica Issler 79, 78 = 157 (+15); 68. Kasi Lee 88, 77 = 165 (+23).

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