October 20, 2002
Blake Roter, <i>Hullabaloo</i> Contributing Writer
When a team wins its first-ever tournament away from home over nationally ranked competition, it demonstrates the teams domination of the field. When that same team wins by 24 strokes, completely rewriting the record book, it demonstrates perfection. Thats what the Tulane womens golf team did last weekend at the Beacon Woods Invitational in Bayonet Point, Fla., shooting even par golf over three days of play, while setting school records in every facet of the game.
The performance pushed the womens team farther than it has ever been before in the nation, earning it a No. 10 ranking in the latest Golfstat.com poll, one week after it captured it first top-20 ranking in the teams history. The Green Wave took advantage of a short course in Florida, to win only its third tournament in the programs history and its first outside of New Orleans.
After a first-round 300 left the team in a four-way tie for first, the team simply ran away from the field on Saturday. Freshman Liliana Alvarez led the surge with a two-under 70, as senior Kathy Schafer and sophomore Lindsay Hulwick each carded 71s. Sophomore Alexis Wooster added a 72 to help the Wave shoot 284 and break their previous school record by five strokes, taking an 11-shot lead over Ole Miss after two rounds of play.
After a record-setting day of golf, it is hard to imagine duplicating the feat. Nonetheless, the Wave went out on Sunday and played even better than it had the day before, taking another four strokes off its school record by shooting an unthinkable eight-under-par round of 280. The teams final 864 set a new tournament 54-hole record and moved it up four spots to No.12 in the Golfweek magazine rankings, another school best.
A different poll from Golfstat.com ranked the Wave as the tenth best team in the nation. Junior Carolin Landmann shot the best round of her career, a five-under 67 to lead the Wave home. Landmann shared medalist honors with Alvarez, who shot a final round 70, to finish three rounds at even-par 216. Wooster finished third with a score of 2-over 218 and Hulwick, No.29 in the nation, tied for fifth at 220. When the Wave shot a four-under 284 on Saturday, breaking the old school record by five shots, Head Coach Sue Bower told the team she would pierce her ears.
After another record-shattering round of 280 on Sunday, Bower told them that she would do anything they wanted. To put this achievement into perspective, the women finished 24 strokes ahead of second-place South Florida, 31 shots in front of third-place Ole Miss and an astonishing 111 strokes ahead of last-place Miami, a team ranked No.37 in last weeks Golfweek Poll. The team plans to follow up its outstanding accomplishment today in Greenville, S.C. at the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University.
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