Aug. 12, 2009
New Orleans - The Tulane women's golf team continued to blaze the courses around the United States and parts of the world and the group combined for three victories, including two wins in a pair of professional international tournaments over the past two months.
The current team, along with freshman newcomer Maribel Lopez Porras, played in a myriad of events spanning the U.S., Colombia and Sweden the past few months.
Daniela Holmqvist led the way for the Green Wave with a pair of victories in her home country of Sweden. Holmqvist, the Conference USA and Louisiana Freshman of the Year, posted a victory at the Swedish Mini Tour professional event in Valkommen till Stockholm, Sweden. Holmqvist rose to the top of the field and closing with a 5-under par 139 during the two-round event. She fired an even-par 72 on the first day and scorched the course during the second round with her 5-under par effort to seal the victory.
Holmqvist was also the top amateur and individual medalist on the SAS Master's Tour at the VW Söderberg Ladies Masters, Aug. 7-9, in Bravikens, Sweden. She topped a barrage of professionals and fellow amateurs to take home the title as she finished with a 3-under par 213 total on the par-72 course, which was two strokes ahead of the second place finisher and last year's winner Sanna Johansson. Her three day scores were 72-69-72.
Holmqvist's club team also won the overall title for the Division I series in Sweden and she took home the individual title of the Division I team.
Janine Fellows, a second team All-Conference USA performer, captured the Collegiate Players Tour at the Greystone Golf and Country Club Course in Denham Springs on July 9. Fellows fired a 54-hole total of 225, 9-over par and finished seven strokes ahead of LSU's Abby Oberthier, who was second at 232, followed by Nicholls State's Brooke Braun (235).
Ashley McKenney was another Green Wave that had a very successful summer when she put together a solid outing at the 79th Trans Amateur Championship at the par 72 Tennessee National Golf Course in Loudon, Tenn. During the week of July 20-25, McKenney finished 11th overall in the qualifying stroke play rounds with a 2-over par 146 total (72, 74). She advanced to match play and dispatched three opponents en route to a quarterfinal finish. Among her victims was former Tulane standout Meghan Bolger Stasi, who not only starred as Green Wave student-athlete, but played on the Curtis Cup team as well and was a two-time U.S. Mid Amateur Champion.
From Tennessee, McKenney headed north of the border to Canada where she competed in the Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Championship at the Royal Oaks Estates & Golf Club, July 28-31. The field was filled with some of the best amateurs from Canada and the United States featuring several college players. She led the field after the first round with a 2-under par 70 and settled with a 23rd place finish with a 12-over par 230.
Samantha Troyanovich qualified for the biggest women's amateur event, the U.S. Women's Amateur, by capturing one of the final spots with her finish at the U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifying event at the Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield, Ind. Troyanovich's 75 landed her in a 7-player playoff for one spot, but she came out on top after a birdie on the fifth hole of sudden death. Troyanovich's efforts landed her in the 109th U.S. Women's Amateur Tournament, Aug. 3-9, at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. She got off to a rough start and wasn't able to recover among the field of outstanding players and finished with a 16-over par 160.
Troyanovich also participated in the North & South Amateur event with Fellows, but bowed out in the first round of match play with a loss to Solberg on the 21st hole of play.
Stephanie Wagstaff competed in two tournaments, including the Trans Amateur Championship with McKenney, but her best effort came at the 12th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship at the Cowan's Ford Country Club in Stanley, N.C. Wagstaff finished second in stroke play with a 1-under par 71 and advanced to match play. In the match play, she down two opponents before falling to the eventual champion in the semifinals.
Tulane incoming freshman Maribel Lopez Porras picked up an important victory when she won her country's open championship with a one stroke victory at the 2009 Colombian Open. She battled windy and tough conditions all week before she came out victorious in her national event. She carded rounds of 76-75-74 for a 225 total and will join the team along with fellow freshman Sage Roth on August 24th.
Linn Gustafsson, the 2009 Conference USA and Louisiana Player of the Year, played in several club tournaments this summer, most notably on the SAS Master's Tour at the VW Söderberg Ladies Masters where she shot rounds of 79, 73 but failed to make the cut .