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Tulsa's Kristina Merkle in First Place Tie, Tulsa Sits in 4th Place at 2012 Clover Cup

Tulsa junior Kristina Merkle tied for the lead after two rounds at the 2012 Clover Cup.
Tulsa junior Kristina Merkle tied for the lead after two rounds at the 2012 Clover Cup.
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March 17, 2012

Mesa, Arizona - Tulsa junior Kristina Merkle is in a first-place tie and the Golden Hurricane team sits in fourth place at the 2012 Clover Cup after Saturday's second round. Merkle carded a score of two-under par 70 today, while as a team the Hurricane shot a round of 292 at the par-72 Longbow Golf Club with temperatures in the high 70's with winds reaching upwards of 20 mph.

Colorado, ranked 15th nationally, has opened up a 24-stroke lead over second-place Oklahoma as the Buffaloes have a 36-hole total of 558 after today's seven-under par 281. The Sooners are at 582, while host Notre Dame is in third place with a 584 total. Tulsa is in fourth place with a score of 586, while three teams - Iowa State, Florida International and Texas Tech - are tied for fifth place with a score of 599.

Merkle, who had a first round total of four-under par 68 yesterday, shot a two-under par 70 today for the Hurricane. Merkle was one-under after her first nine holes, teeing off from tee 10, but got into trouble on her 11th hole, the par-4 second hole with a triple bogey 7. However, Merkle finished out with four birdies on the final seven holes to finish the day with her 70 and a 36-hole total of 138.

Tulsa senior Kamryn Ruffin finished her second round with an even-par 72 after a first round 77 on Friday and has a 16th-place score of 149.

Fellow senior Marita Engzelius and sophomore Kayla Riede are one stroke back and tied for 22nd place with a six-over par score of 150. Engzelius carded a round of two-over par 74 today as she birdied the final hole, while Riede totaled a round of 77 today.

Senior Sarah Elliot shot six strokes better for her second round with a score of 76 today and a two-day total of 158 for 48th place.



Tulsa also had three golfers playing as individuals as Anna Young is tied for 48th place with a score of 158, Shu-Yin Liu is in 53rd place with a total of 159. Nanna Nielsen is in 71st place with a score of 177.

Individually, Colorado has three golfers taking up the top three of the top-4 spots with Emily Talley tying Tulsa's Merkle with a six-under par score of 138. Colorado teammates Alex Stewart and Jessica Wallace are one shot back with totals of 139.

The final round gets underway on Sunday morning at 8:00 am (PT).

Team Results
1.	Colorado	277-281=558
2.	Oklahoma	289-293=582
3.	Notre Dame	288-296=584
4.	Tulsa	        294-292=586
T5.	Iowa State	295-304=599
T5.	Texas Tech	296-303=599
T5.	FIU     	292-307=599
8.	Minnesota	293-307=600
9.	Furman	        292-320=612
10.	Michigan	306-316=622
11.	SMU	        302-331=633
12.	Cincinnati	323-318=641

Tulsa Team Individuals T1. Kristina Merkle 68-70=138 T16. Kamryn Ruffin 77-72=149 T23. Marita Engzelius76-74=150 T23. Kayla Riede 73-74=150 T48. Sarah Elliot 82-76=158

Tulsa Golfers Competing as Individuals T48. Anna Young 78-80=158 T53. Shu-Yin Liu 81-78=159 71. Nanna Nielsen 89-88=177

Top-5 Individuals T1. Kristina Merkle, Tulsa 68-70=138 (-6) T1. Emily Talley, Colorado 66-72=138 (-6) T3. Alex Stewart, Colorado 68-71=139 (-5) T3. Jessica Wallace, Colorado 70-69=139 (-5) 5. Ashley Armstrong, Notre Dame 67-74=141 (-3)