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Tulsa Golfers Place Third at the C-USA Women's Golf Championship

Freshman Kristina Merkle finished in fifth place at the C-USA Championship on Tuesday.
Freshman Kristina Merkle finished in fifth place at the C-USA Championship on Tuesday.
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April 20, 2010

Hattiesburg, Miss. - The Tulsa women's golf team turned in their best round of the tournament and finished in third-place at the Conference USA Women's Golf Championship with a 54-hole total of 889.

Tulsa carded a final round 292 at the par-71 Canebrake Country Club on Tuesday to take home a third-place performance in the 10-team field.

Tulane captured its' second consecutive C-USA title with a 14-stroke victory over second-place East Carolina. The Green Wave turned in a score of six-over par 858, followed by ECU's 872 and Tulsa's 889. Memphis had a final score of 895 for fourth place and SMU rounded out the top-five with an 897 score. UTEP (902), host Southern Miss (910), UCF (911), Marshall (922) and UAB (973) rounded out the field.

Tulsa freshman Kristina Merkle finished in fifth place with a four-over par score of 217 after carding a final round one-over par 72, while sophomore Sara Elliot placed sixth overall with a total of 218. Elliot turned in a score of 76 on Tuesday. The sixth-place performance for Elliot marks the second straight season that she has placed among the top-6 at the conference championship, as Elliot had a second-place showing last year.

Sophomore Marita Engzelius had Tulsa's best score of the day with an even-par 71 to finish with a 229 total for 28th place. Engzelius had birdie putts on holes 2, 13 and 18, to offset a bogey on the par-4 10th hole and a double bogey on the par-4 15th hole.

Tulsa sophomore Shu-Yin Liu finished in 31st place with a 231 score, while senior Abby Allford placed 35th overall with a score of 233. Both Liu and Allford joined Engzelius by turning in their best round of the tournament on Tuesday. Liu carded a third round score of 74 as Allford scored a round of 75.

Individually, Tulane's Ashley McKenney won individual medalist honors with a three-under par 210 total, capturing a two-stroke victory over a trio of golfers, including teammate Janine Fellows, UTEP's Shang Huang and East Carolina's Abby Bools.



Team Scores 1. Tulane 290-283-285=858 2. East Carolina 296-288-288=872 3. Tulsa 297-300-292=889 4. Memphis 295-298-302=895 5. SMU 306-291-300=897 6. UTEP 300-302-300=902 7. Southern Miss 310-300-300=910 8. UCF 310-301-300=911 9. Marshall 309-298-315=922 10. UAB 330-312-331=973

Tulsa Scores 5. Kristina Merkle 71-74-72=217 (+4) 6. Sarah Elliot 70-72-76=218 (+8) 28. Marita Engzelius80-78-71=229 (+16) T31. Shu-Yin Liu 76-81-74=231 (+18) 35. Abby Allford 82-76-75=233 (+20)

Top-5 Individuals 1. Ashley McKenney, Tulane 70-68-72=210 (-3) T2. Shang Huang, UTEP 70-74-68=212 (-1) T2. Janine Fellows, Tulane 72-73-67=212 (-1) T2. Abby Bools, ECU 72-69-71=212 (-1) T5. Kristina Merkle, Tulsa 71-74-72=217 (+4)