Tulsa Wins Conference USA Women's Golf Championship
April 16, 2008
El Paso, Texas - The University of Tulsa's 31st-ranked women's golf team clinched the Conference USA Championships on Wednesday afternoon as Hurricane junior Woori Shin won the individual title as well at the par-72 Butterfield Trail Golf Club. With the win, Tulsa received C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Central Regional Championship that takes place, May 8-10, in Austin, Texas.
Tulsa overcame the windy conditions with gusts up to 50 MPH to finish the tournament with a final round 15-over par 303 to go along with 304 and 297 totals in the first two rounds for a three-day 904 total. The Hurricane began the day with a seven-stroke lead over East Carolina, and ended up out-distancing the 37th-ranked Pirates by 18 strokes (922), followed by SMU (932), #42 UCF (945) and Memphis (951) to round out the top-five teams. The victory was Tulsa's fourth in the last six tournaments this spring, and the most in one season since winning five tournament titles in the 2001-02 campaign.
"We're extremely excited about the victory," said first-year Head Coach Randy Keck. "Today was the gutsiest performance I have ever seen. The team really played their hearts out. The wind was up to 50 mph, and in my 30+ years of playing of coaching golf I have never seen anything like it."
"It was a great week. We were disappointed with our play in the first round and we felt very fortunate not to be seven strokes back heading into Day 2," added Keck. "We had a team meeting and decided that we were in it to win it, and that is what we came out to accomplish in the last two rounds. To place three players in the top-five is amazing to me, it just doesn't happen."
The Golden Hurricane won its first C-USA team title in just Tulsa's third year as a league member. Tulsa has now won 11 conference titles in 15 years with a conference affiliation. It's the first league championship for the Hurricane since winning the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. In its tradition-rich history, Tulsa has won three Missouri Valley Conference crowns to go along with seven consecutive titles in the WAC, and now its first C-USA trophy.
The Hurricane grabbed three of the first five places as Shin, a transfer from Auburn and former NJCAA individual medalist, captured medalist honors for the first time in her six tournaments at Tulsa. Shin carded a final round one-over par 73 for a four-over par 220. She played even-par on the front nine with birdies on the second and seventh holes, and bogeys on holes three and eight. Shin birdied hole 15 on the back nine and was looking to finish the day one-under par, until the par-3 17th hole when she turned in a double bogey.
Shin became the 10th golfer in school history to capture medalist honors at a conference tournament.
Senior teammate Leisl Hasbrouck was six strokes behind Shin as she and Memphis' Alexa Porter tied for second-place with 10-over par 226 totals. It was Hasbrouck's best finish of the year and her first among the top-10. Fellow senior Michaela Cavener concluded the tournament in fourth place with an 11-over par 227. Hasbrouck turned in a round of 77 today, while Cavener had a three-over par 75. The fourth-place finish was Cavener's sixth top-10 performance this year.
Tulsa's Tara Goedeken missed finishing among the top-10 by one stroke, as the senior carded a final round 81 for a 234 score to place 11th overall. Freshman Kelly Fuchik, who came into the tournament with three straight top-10 performances, wrapped up play in 29th-place with a 242 total after today's round of 78.
The golf title marks the third Conference USA Championship that Tulsa has won this season, as men's soccer and women's volleyball captured tournament crowns in the fall.
Team Results 1. Tulsa - 304-297-303=904 2. East Carolina - 303-305-314=922 3. SMU - 308-310-314=932 4. UCF - 303-314-328=945 5. Memphis - 309-318-324=951 6. UTEP - 303-321-329=953 7. Southern Miss - 301-331-322=954 8. UAB - 306-321-334=961 9. Marshall - 316-338-339-993
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