Holmqvist leads Tulane to C-USA title
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Tulane women’s golf team won the Conference USA Championship in its first year of competition since being reinstated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Tulane shot 69-over 933 in difficult conditions at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club to finish 23 shots ahead of Central Florida (317).
“It’s a truly special day for me as a coach, but also for these players,” Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said.
Tulane freshman Daniela Holmqvist shot 9-over 225 to win the individual title by 10 shots over Tulsa’s Sarah Elliott (81). Tulane sophomore Janine Fellows (75) finished tied for third with East Carolina’s Ana Maria Puche (75) at 20 over par.
All five Tulane players finished in the top 12.
Tulane, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, started the final round with a six-stroke lead, then fired a final-round 300; no other team shot lower than 317 during the event, which was plagued by cold, wind and rain.
Sunday’s opening round was canceled, forcing teams to play 36 holes Monday in 49-degree temperatures and 16-mph winds. It was sunny and 63 degrees during the final round.
Tulane was also helped by sophomore Linn Gustafsson, whose 74 Tuesday was the low score of the final round. Gustafsson, who has won two consecutive conference championships with two different teams in her career, finished eighth at 23-over 239.
Gustafsson led Texas State to last year’s Southland Conference title while winning the individual title.
Freshman Ashley McKenney (79) finished a career-best 10th at 241, while freshman Samantha Troyanovich (75) finished another stroke back.
The Green Wave is in its first season of competition after the program was suspended, along with seven other sports, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.