Tulane repeats at C-USA champion
Tulane won its second straight Conference USA title Tuesday.
The Green Wave, No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 6-over 858 at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss., smashing the conference title scoring mark by 28 shots.
TCU won the 2002 C-USA crown with a score of 886.
Green Wave sophomore Ashley McKenney went wire-to-wire in winning the individual medal. She posted rounds of 70-68-72 to finish at 3-under 210.
Junior Janine Fellows birdied five of her last eight holes in a closing 67 and tied for second with East Carolina’s Abby Bools.
Fellows’ 67 broke the C-USA 18-hole scoring record posted by McKenney a day earlier.
“Our girls were awesome this week,” Tulane coach John Thomas said. “They have put in a lot of time and hard work this season and they deserve every minute of this championship.”
No. 69 East Carolina (288) finished runner-up at 20-over 872 and No. 46 Tulsa (292) was third at 889.
Tulane is the first school to repeat at the C-USA Championships since the 2004 and ’05 Green Wave teams captured back-to-back titles. McKenney joined former Wave Daniela Holmqvist as the last two conference medalists.
It was the fourth C-USA title in program history and the Wave’s third victory of the season.
Since the women’s golf program was reinstated two years ago, Tulane has won five tournaments.
Tulane receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA regionals, which take place May 6-8 at a site to be determined.