Sept. 26, 2005
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Taking the course for the first time since Hurricane Katrina sent members of the Tulane University Athletic Family packing, the Green Wave women's golf team posted a 10th place finish at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship Sunday afternoon at the par-72-6,217-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club.
Senior Liliana Alvarez led the Green Wave with a six-over par 222 (72-76-74) to finish tied for 14th among the 80 individual participants. Tulane finished the three-day event with a plus-29 912 (297-298-317) and were just two strokes shy of Florida, which finish ninth with a 910 (301-300-309).
"It was good to simply be back out on the course and competing," Tulane head coach Sue Bower said. "With all that's gone on with Hurricane Katrina, having to move to Dallas and everyone trying to get settled back into an everyday routine, I could not be prouder of the way these young ladies played over the weekend.
"We did not, of course, finish where we wanted to, but this will be something we can build on in the future. We had a little rust due to the layoff, but I wholeheartedly expect the team to bounce back as we continue to return to a sense of normalcy."
The women's golf team, which will call SMU in Dallas home for the duration of the 2005 Fall semester, is just the fourth Tulane team to return to intercollegiate activity since Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast back on Aug. 28 and 29.
Junior Alison Walshe, who earned All-America honors last season, was next for the Green Wave with a 13-over par 229 (78-71-80) to finish tied for 35th, while true freshman Kasi Lee was one stroke back at 230 (72-76-82) to finish tied for 40th. Junior Mary Ellen Jacobs posted a plus-19 235 (75-79-81) to finish tied for 61st, and rookie Ashley Tait rounded out the Tulane five with a 240 (82-75-83) to finish tied for 73rd.
Duke won the team title with a 14-over par 878 (285-297-296) to post a three-stroke victory over runner-up Georgia (285-293-303=881). The Blue Devils' Amanda Blumenherst took home medalist honors with an eight-under par 208 (69-71-68) to post a five-shot win over Jacqui Concolino of Vanderbilt (68-69-76=213) and Maria Martinez of Auburn (69-73-71=213).
Team Scores: 1. Duke 285-297-296=878 (+14); 2. Georgia 285-293-303=881 (+17); 3. Arkansas 291-296-297=884 (+20); 4. UCLA 290-295-300=885 (+21); 5. Auburn 291-298-300=889 (+25); 6. Arizona State 287-292-312=891 (+27); 7. Wake Forest 288-302-302=892 (+28); 8. Vanderbilt 279-299=316=894 (+30); 9. Florida 301-300-309=910 (+46); 10. Tulane 297-298-317=912 (+48); 11. Oklahoma State 300-313-309=922 (+58); 12. Texas 301-312-314=927 (+63); 13. Furman 299-309-320=928 (+64); 14. Arizona 302-318-311=931 (+67); 15. Missouri 302-313-320=935 (+71).
Individual Leaders: 1. Amanda Blumenherst (Duke) 69-71-68=208 (-8); T2. Jacqui Concolino (Vanderbilt) 68-69-76=213 (-3), Maria Martinez (Auburn) 69-73-71=213 (-3); 4. Mandy Goins (Wake Forest) 70-74-72=216 (E); 5. Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) 70-72-75=217 (+1).
Tulane Scores: T14. Liliana Alvarez 72-76-74=222 (+6); T35. Alison Walshe 78-71-80=229 (+13); T40. Kasi Lee 72-76-82=230 (+14); T61. Mary Ellen Jacobs 75-79-81=235 (+19); T73. Ashley Tait 82-75-83=240 (+24).