Sept. 12, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's golf team completed the 2010 spring campaign among the top teams in the nation and the Green Wave will start the fall season in grand fashion by competing in the star-studded field at the Fall Preview Presented by Callaway Sept. 13-15 at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.
Tulane makes the journey to Southeast Texas to get a crack at the course that will also host the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The Fall Preview will feature the top-10 "Players to Watch" in 2010-11 and a total of 30 of the top 50 players.
Historically, the Preview is a repeat of the previous year's NCAA Championships. Texas A&M is the host and this year's event features 15 of the top 25 teams from last year's NCAA Championships, including Purdue, the defending national champions, along with Alabama, Arizona State (individuals only), Auburn, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Tulane, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Among the top 10 individual finishers from the 2010 Championships expected to compete at the Fall Preview are: Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (t-3rd), Auburn's Cydney Clanton (t-3rd), LSU's Megan McChrystal (t-5th), Alabama's Jennifer Kirby (t-7th), Stanford's Sally Watson (t-9th) and Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta (t-9th). Also in the field is 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Danielle Kang, who is a sophomore at Pepperdine and finished 15th at the NCAA Championships.
Tulane senior Janine Fellows is ranked among the top-50 individuals in the field. Last season, Fellows registered a 74.39 scoring average, including a final round average of 73.0 on the year. She was the individual medalist at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge and was named the 2010 Conference USA Co-Player of the Year, the Louisiana Player of the Year and was tabbed to both the All C-USA and All-LSWA first teams.
"We are very excited to begin our season and the Traditions Club course is a great test of golf and Texas A&M will be a wonderful host," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "I am looking forward to seeing what our team is capable of this year. We have a lot of depth and experience, so I am optimistic about our potential. For us to be the team we want to be, it will take some players stepping up on the golf course at this tournament and throughout the year. This is one of the best events of the year, and we are looking forward to getting started Monday." Tulane returns a very seasoned and championship experienced team. The Green Wave has won five tournaments over the past two years, including a pair of Conference USA titles, and has posted back-to-back top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships with an 18th place showing this past May.
The Green Wave's line-up features the senior duo of Fellows and Linn Gustafsson, the 2009 C-USA Player of the Year, along with juniors Ashley McKenney, Samantha Troyanovich, Stephanie Wagstaff and lone newcomer Meghan Chapman, a transfer from North Carolina State. Last season, McKenney captured the C-USA individual title and joined Fellows and Gustafsson on the all-league first team, while Troyanovich was an All C-USA second team performer.