Tulsa Turns in Solid Round on Final Day of Dale McNamara Fall Preview
Sept. 11, 2013
Tulsa, Okla. - Southern Cal began the 2013-14 season as they ended the 2012-13 campaign, with a championship. The defending national champion Trojans carded a final round four-under par 276 and jumped from fourth-place to first at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview on Wednesday. USC finished the 54-hole tournament with an eight-over par 848 total at the par-71 Tulsa Country Club course, the site of the 2014 NCAA Championship.
USC finished four shots ahead of second-place Oklahoma, as the Sooners scored a two-over par 282 today for a 12-over par 852 total. Oklahoma State placed third with an 855 score, while Alabama and Duke tied for fourth place with scores of 856. Arkansas (857), Arizona State (859), Arizona (861), Stanford (867) and Tulane (868) rounded out the top-10 teams.
Southern Cal's Kyung Kim had her third straight sub-par round with a 66 today to win individual medalist honors. She placed two strokes better than a trio of golfers who tied for second-place with three-round totals of 206, including Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, Alabama's Stephanie Meadow and Oklahoma State's Julie Yang.
"We just tried to come into this and start all over again. We are only as good as our last tournament with a lot of summer golf in between. We just came in here and tried to keep them focused on the process and not worry about the outcome because the expectations are so high after what we did last season," said Southern Cal Coach Andrea Gaston.
"Our first day here, I felt like we left a lot of shots out there and we weren't very sharp, but we had to see what we got. In the second round, we didn't think we were too much better, but our four-over par turned out to be the second-best round of the day, which was quite surprising because it looked like we were going to be further back. I felt like we backed our way into the tournament because we were first off yesterday and got done before the winds came up so we were only three back by the end of the day. Today, obviously, we had a couple of really good individual rounds. Kyung Kim was just great. She had some really clutch shots on the back nine that clinched it for her," added Gaston.
Tulsa's young squad turned in its best round of the tournament with a 12-over par score of 292 and finished in 15th place with a 916 total.
"I challenged the team this morning that I wanted to see them compete," said Tulsa Coach Randy Keck. "The last two days I've watched them hit golf shots and was tired of watching them hit golf shots, I wanted them to compete. Today they hit golf shots and competed very well. If today doesn't prove to them that they can compete with the best teams in the country nothing is going to. They competed very well with the two teams we played with today. It was very respectable today and I was really pleased."
For the Hurricane, senior Kayla Riede turned in her best round of the tournament and 14 shots better than Tuesday with an even-par 70 today. She finished the tournament with a score of 232 for 69th place.
Riede began the day with a bogey on the 10th hole, but made up for that with a birdie putt on the par-4 11th hole. She finished her first nine holes even par with another bogey on the par-3 14th hole before sinking a birdie putt on the par-4 18th. On the front nine, her final nine holes, Riede had three birdie putts and three bogeys to finish the day. She was two-under par for the day approaching the final two holes but suffered bogey-bogey.
Tulsa sophomore Antonia Von Wnuck followed up her Tuesday score of 72 with a one-over par 71 today. She birdied her first hole, the par-4 10th, then finished her first nine holes with one birdie and three bogeys. On her final nine holes, Von Wnuck birdied the par-5 third and bogeyed the par-4 eighth hole before finishing the day with a par putt on the ninth.
Von Wnuck finished in 51st place overall wit a three-day total of 12-over par 222.
"Antonia and Kayla played real well today. It is funny to call Toni a veteran because she is a sophomore and just turned 18 years old, which tells you the youth of our team. They played very well," said Keck. "I don't think anybody will question Toni's talent level. She is an amazing talent for someone so young. She is going to be a very good player at this level, and probably a very good player at the next level. Kayla is a feel-good story. She has had a horrific injury. She has battled back from a hip-labral tear. She had surgery and battled back and was even par today."
Sophomore Alexandrea Haun scored Tulsa's third best round of the day with a four-over par 74, while junior Franziska Voellinger had a score of 77 today. Voellinger tied Riede for 69th place overall with 232 total, while Haun finished in 71st place at 235. Freshman Valeria Otoya carded her best round of the tournament as well with a score of 78 for a 74th place total of 242.
Tulsa will be back in action, September 23-24, at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan Kansas.
TEAM SCORES 1. Southern Cal 288-284-276=848 2. Oklahoma 282-288-282=852 3. Oklahoma State 278-293-284=855 T4. Alabama 288-284-284=856 T4. Duke 283-286-287=856 6. Arkansas 291-289-277=857 7. Arizona State 284-293-282=859 8. Arizona 283-292-286=861 9. Stanford 286-292-289=867 10. Tulane 291-292-285=868 11. North Carolina 289-293-287=869 12. Georgia 288-295-288=871 13. Vanderbilt 287-295-296=878 14. Texas 292-304-297=893 15. Tulsa 316-308-292=916
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