Women's Golf Falls to Kent State and Tennessee at Match Play Championships
Nov. 3, 2008
Kissimee, FL. - After 36 holes of stroke play qualifying yesterday, The University of Tulsa women's golf team entered today's match play portion of the Hooters Match Play Championships as the 16th seed. In the Golden Hurricane's first match of the day the women were paired against 8th seed Kent State. For their second match of the day TU was matched up against 12th seed Tennessee.
In the Golden Hurricane's opening match against Kent State TU competed hard but came up just short of victory in three matches that were decided by the final hole, as Kent State defeated Tulsa 5-0.
Senior Woori Shin led the Golden Hurricane as the team's number one seed to take on the best Kent State had to offer in Kirby Dreher . It was hard fought match, which Shin led by one heading into the final two holes. Dreher made birdie at the par 5 eighth hole to move the match to all square going into the final hole. There,Shin made bogey and Dreher was able to capitalize. Dreher made par to come from behind to win the match one up.
The match up of the teams fourth and five best golfers were equally exciting. In the match up of the number fours TU's Abby Alford had a back and forth battle with Kent State's Shamira Marshall that went down to the wire. Their match was all square heading into the final hole, but Marshall was able to capitalize on Alford's bogey to squeak out a one stoke victory.
The number fives on each squad left everything on the course in this tight match. Tulsa's Shu-Yin Liu and Kent State's Mandi Morrow were squared up with four holes to go and neither girl gave up a stroke to each other heading into the final hole. On the last hole Morrow made par and was able to earn a one-stroke victory.
In the other two matches of the morning Kent State's Mercedes Germino defeated Marita Engzelius 5 and 4 and TU's Kamryn Ruffin fell to Martina Gavier 3 and 2.
The loss to Kent State earned the Golden Hurricane a date with the Tennessee Volunteers in the second session of play, with the winner advancing to the 13th place match.
In the afternoon freshman Kamryn Ruffin broke through for the Hurricane to give them their first victory of the day. Ruffin won the last three holes to defeat Tennessee's Ginny Brown 3 and 1.
Following up on Ruffin's victory Shu-Yin Liu gave TU it's second victory of the day. Liu birded her 17th hole of the day to give her a two-hole lead with one hole left to play giving her the victory over Rebecca Watson.
The victories by Ruffin and Liu were not enough to lead the Hurricane to victory. Woori Shin and Marita Engzelius each lost 10 and 8 while Abby Alford fell to Lauren Spurlock 5 and 4 as the Tennessee Volunteers beat TU 3-2. The loss moves TU into the 16th place match with the University of Florida, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Live scoring of the match against the Gators will be available through www.golfstat.com and a full recap of the match will be available on www.tulsahurricane.com
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