Tulsa Women Golfers in First Place at C-USA Championship
April 23, 2012
Gulf Shores, Alabama - The Tulsa women's golf team is in first place after the opening round of the 2012 Conference USA Women's Golf Championship.
The Hurricane carded a first round score of 299 at the par-72 Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club on Monday to take a two-stroke lead over second-place Tulane. Tulane (301) is followed by UCF (306), Memphis (310) and SMU (313) to round out the top-5 schools.
Tulsa's Marita Engzelius carded a one-under par 71 and is one stroke behind individual leader Caitlin Watts of UAB. Starting play on Hole No. 10 today, the senior Engzelius was two-under par after the first seven holes, birdying the par-5 11th hole and the par-4 16th hole. After bogeys on two of her first four holes after making the turn, Engzelius sank a birdie putt on the par-4 sixth hole to go to one-under where she ended up the day.
Fellow senior Kamryn Ruffin turned in a two-over par 74 for her first round as she pared 16 of the 18 holes and suffered bogeys on the par-4 14th and the par-5 2nd hole. Ruffin is in a three-way tie for fourth place after the opening round,
Junior Kristina Merkle sits in a tie for 12th place after turning in a score of four-over par 76 today. Merkle had five bogeys in her first 17 holes, but turned in her first birdie of the day as she closed out play at the par-4 ninth hole.
Senior Sarah Elliot had a one-under par score after her first nine holes with birdies on three of her last four holes -- No. 15, 16 and 18. However, Elliot ran into some trouble on the backside where she had a double bogey on the par-4 first hole, bogeys on holes No. 5 and 6 and a triple bogey on her final hole, the par-4 ninth hole.
Second round action gets underway Tuesday morning with the final 18 holes being played on Wednesday
Team Results 1. Tulsa 299 2. Tulane 301 3. UCF 306 4. Memphis 310 5. SMU 313 T6. UTEP 319 T6. East Carolina 319 T8. UAB 321 T8. Marshall 321 10. Southern Miss 347
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