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Tulsa Women in 14th Place at NCAA West Regional

Tulsa junior Marita Engzelius leads the Golden Hurricane after the opening round of the NCAA West Regional.
Tulsa junior Marita Engzelius leads the Golden Hurricane after the opening round of the NCAA West Regional.
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May 5, 2011

Auburn, Washington - The Tulsa women golf team is in a three-way tie for 14th place after the opening round of the NCAA West Regional. The Hurricane carded a score of 310 and is tied with New Mexico and San Diego State at the par-72 Washington National Golf Club on Thursday.

No. 1-ranked Southern Cal leads the 24-team field after carding an opening round even-par 288 score. Sixth-ranked Virginia (290), 13th-ranked Tennessee (292) 22nd-ranked UC Davis (300) and 26th-ranked Texas A&M round out the top five schools.

Tulsa junior Marita Engzelius turned in the best round of the day for the Hurricane with a three-over par 75 and sits in 26th place. Freshman Charlotte Brooks had Tulsa's second-best score of the day with a total of 77 for 54th place.

Juniors Kamryn Ruffin and Sarah Elliot are tied for 78th place after scoring rounds of 79 on Thursday. Sophomore Kristina Merkle carded a first round score of 81 and is in 94th place.

Tennessee's Erica Popson holds the individual lead with a four-under par score of 68.

The NCAA West Regional continues Friday with 18 holes and will conclude on Saturday. The top-8 schools and two individuals from each of the three regions will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 18-21, at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Team Results
1.	USC	        288
2.	Virginia	290
3.	Tennessee	292
4.	UC Davis	300
5.	Texas A&M	301
6.	Oregon	        302
T7.	South Carolina	303
T7.	Arizona 	303
T7.	BYU	        303
T10.	Iowa State	304
T10.	Washington	304
12.	Portland State	305
13.	Denver	        307
T14.	Tulsa	        310
T14.	New Mexico	310
T14.	San Diego St.	310
17.	UTSA 	        311
18.	Georgia	        314
19.	San Jose St.	315
20.	Oklahoma	316
21.	Pepperdine	318
22.	New Mexico St.	319
23.	Oral Roberts 	320
24.	UTEP	        321

Tulsa Individuals T26. Marita Engzelius 75 T54. Charlotte Brooks 77 T78. Sarah Elliot 79 T78. Kamryn Ruffin 79 T94. Kristina Merkle 81

Top-10 Individuals 1. Erica Popson, Tennessee 68 (-4) T2. Sophia Popov, USC 69 (-3) T2. Demi Runas, UC Davis 69 (-3) 4. Anya Alvarez, Washington 70 (-2) T5. Amy Anderson, North Dakota St. 72 (E) T6. Joy Kim, Virginia 72 (E) T6. Calle Nielson, Virginia 72 (E) T6. Portland Rosen, Virginia 72 (E)