April 25, 2004
Coleman Miller, staff writer
On the first day of women's Conference USA golf tournament, the Green Wave finished first after 18 holes, one stroke ahead of USF. Sophomore Liliana Alvarez, who scored a four-over 76, and freshman Mary Ellen Jacobs, finishing with 78 points on the par-72 course, gave standout performances. At the end of the day, Alvarez was tied for third with Daniella Tonderos of USF and Brooke Tull of TCU.
The three other golfers on Tulane's team were senior Carolin Landmann, who finished tied for 14th place with a score of 81, and juniors Lindsay Hulwick and Alexis Wooster, who both finished in 15th place with 82 points. Tuesday, Tulane's women expanded their lead to four strokes over tournament heavyweight and host TCU.
Tulane's team score was 629, while TCU's was 633. Jacobs and Alvarez again turned in outstanding showings, shooting 75 and 77, respectively. Jacobs finished the day in second place in the individual tournament, while Alvarez was tied at third with Elly Leonard of Louisville. Landmann came in at eighth place with a 76-point round, improving her score by five points over her performance on Monday.
Wooster finished Tuesday with a score of 83, and Hulwick closed out the day with 85 strokes. "We did a better job today, finishing off our holes with an eagle and ten birdies," Head Coach Bower said. The women clinched the tournament on the final day, beating second-place TCU by 18 strokes.
Alvarez broke par with a score of 72, and finished first in the championship, while Jacobs fired off a 77-shot round, ending the championship tied for third place. Landmann finished Wednesday with a score of 84, ending the tournament in 11th place. Wooster finished the tournament in 13th place, shooting her tournament-best score of 79. Hulwick ended tied for 25th place with Jessica Hauser of ECU. She shot an 85 on Wednesday.
Tulane's women received many accolades for their performance in the tournament. Alvarez and Jacobs were named to both the All-Tournament team and the All-Conference First team, while Landmann and Hulwick were named to the Second team and Wooster was named to the Third team. Jacobs also earned a spot on the All-Freshmen team, and was named freshman of the year.
Coach Bower won the Coach of the Year award. Next, the Tulane Women's golf team will compete starting in the NCAA regional championships beginning May 6. Earlier in the week, the Green Wave men's golf team competed in the Conference-USA championships in Dade City, Florida. The Wave men finished ninth Monday, with a team score of 308, 20 above par.
Monday's best round was played by freshman sensation Michael Thompson, who shot a 2-over 74. This performance tied Thompson for 10th place. Tuesday saw an improvement in every Green Wave golfer, as Tulane's team ranking moved from ninth to sixth. Thompson, with a 2-under-par score of 70, moved from 10th place to second in the tournament.
The last day of the tournament, Wednesday, Chris Wheeler shot the best round of the day, with a two-under score of 70, finishing the tournament tied for 15th place. Kyle Ritchie also performed well, beating his Tuesday score by one with a 74-shot round. He ended up tied at 33rd place in the tournament. Thompson fired a 76 on Wednesday and ended up tied for 11th.
TCU dominated the tournament, placing first everyday and ending the tournament with a total team score of 859, five under the tournament's par. The highlight of the tournament for the Green Wave was Thompson's performance. He was awarded the Freshman of the Year award by the Conference-USA judges. Thompson was also named to the Second All-Conference team, as well as Wheeler.
"The two freshmen in our line-up both performed above expectations," Head Coach Tom Shaw said. "From the way they started the year to today, they both made great improvements and it showed this week. This result shows that we're getting closer to being a legitimate contender for the conference championship."
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