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Tulsa women capture C-USA title

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Tulsa women’s team completed a wire-to-wire victory at the 2012 Conference USA Championship, defeating runner-up Central Florida by 13 shots Wednesday at Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA postseason.

Conference USA Championship (Final)

The Golden Hurricane, No. 43 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished with a 20-over 884 total in winning its second Conference USA crown. Its previous title came in 2008. UCF, ranked No. 36, shot 33-over 897, and 34th-ranked Tulane finished third at 901.

All five Tulsa players finished in the top 15, led by Marita Engzelius in a tie for third. She was joined by teammates Kristina Merkle (fifth), Kamryn Ruffin (T-7), Sarah Elliott (11th) and Anna Young (T-13).

Tulane junior Maribel Lopez Porras won the individual title with an even-par 216 (73-72-71), four shots ahead of SMU’s Felicia Espericueta.

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