Lady Tigers Finish Eighth in Conference USA Championship
April 14, 2009
Rachel Larson fired a final round78 to lead the University of Memphis women's golf team to an eighth place finish at the 2009 Conference USA Championship. Larson, competing in her final even for Memphis, finished tied for 12th after posting a three-round total of 242 (84-80-78) at the Tulsa Country Club.
For Larson, it was her 15th career top-20 finish as a Lady Tiger. Marissa Steen posted a final round 81 to finish with a three-round total of 252 (87-84-81) and get into a tie for 26th. Kathleen Glavin's final round 89 left her with a tournament total 265 (85-91-89), earning her a 36th place finish. Leslie Grabeman (93-86-91) and Caitlin McDonald (110-102-93) finished in 41st and 47th, respectively.
"I'm very proud of Rachel," said Lady Tigers head coach Beth Harrelson. "She showed a lot of heart out there today, as well as throughout this season and her career."
The Lady Tigers posted rounds of 349-341-339 and earned an eighth place finish as a team.
"I'm proud of the effort that everyone gave this week," said Coach Harrelson. "We had to deal with some tough conditions out there."
In its first year fielding a women's golf team since suspending the program in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina's devastation to New Orleans, the Tulane Green Wave women captured the school's third Conference USA Women's Golf Championship today.
Tulane won back-to-back C-USA titles in 2004 and 2005.
The Green Wave carded a final round 300 for a 933 total, while freshman Daniela Holmqvist claimed individual medalist honors with a 10-stroke victory as she turned in a four-over par 76 today for a final score of 225.
Leading by six strokes at the start of the day, Tulane extended its lead and won by 20 strokes. UCF finished second with a score of 956, East Carolina placed third at 957, host Tulsa (969) finished in fourth place, while UTEP (990) rounded out the top-five teams.
Tulsa's Sarah Elliott placed second overall with a score of 235, followed by Tulane's Janine Fellows and East Carolina's Ana Marie Puche tied for third place with a 236 total and fifth-place Teresa Nogues of UTEP with a score of 237.
For the Lady Tigers, the Conference USA Championship marks the end of the 2008-09 season. Competition will resume next fall.
"I'm really looking forward to next year," said Coach Harrelson. "Obviously, losing Rachel hurts, but it's going to be an exciting year."