Steen Finishes Second in C-USA Championship
April 19, 2011
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Marissa Steen carded a 54-hole total of 220 (+4) at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club en route to a runner-up finish at the Conference USA Women's Golf Championship.
"It was really windy out there today, so club selection was really tough," Steen said. "But, I stayed patient and trusted every shot, and I'm happy with my play overall."
Steen's runner-up finish is the lowest by a Memphis individual in the C-USA Championship since Alexa Porter tied for second in 2008. Her performance earned her a spot on the all-tournament team for the first time in her career. Teresa Nogues (71-75-72--218) of team champion UTEP narrowly defeated Steen for the individual title.
"I'm so proud of Marissa," Memphis head coach Beth Harrelson said. "She played fantastic and showed great leadership."
The Lady Tigers finished fourth as a team behind a 54-hole total of 911 (312-304-300). UTEP (302-302-300--904) maintained its lead and claimed the team championship by posting a team total of 904. Tulsa (309-301-296--906) tied Memphis' low team round of 296 to move into second past two-time defending champion Tulane (303-304-300--907), which finished third.
"I'm really proud of the team for holding its composure together," Harrelson said. "This course was not set up easily, and the wind really kicked up today."
Alex Aläng tied for 18th place and posted her second-straight top-20 finish at the C-USA Championship with a tournament total of 230 (79-73-78). Aläng finished in a tie for seventh last year. Kathleen Glavin (79-76-76--231) posted a second consecutive 76 to earn a share of 21st position, while Julia Hodgon's final round 76 left her in a tie for 30th. Ashley Kees finished tied for 38th with a three-round total of 241 (77-83-81).
With Steen's finish in the C-USA Championship and her accolades throughout the season, she has a chance to qualify for the NCAA Regionals as an individual.