April 8, 2009
April 8 C-USA Golf Notebook & Top Performances
IRVING, Texas - The sight of flowers blooming and green tree's all around is a sure sign of springtime in our presence, but Conference USA women's golf teams are focusing on more than the sunshine and colored flowers. This weekend, C-USA women's golf teams will travel to the Sooner State as they prep for the C-USA Women's Golf Championship hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Tulsa Country Club April 12-14. The C-USA Championship will host all 10 women's teams in East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP.
The C-USA men's golf teams will take part in another week of regular season competition as they await the C-USA Championship in Sorrento, Fla., hosted by UCF and the Florida Sports Commission April 19-21 at the RedTail Golf Course.
Tulane's Linn Gustafsson is the Conference USA Women's Golfer of the Week after carding a one-over par 217 (75-73-69) which was good for a first-place at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate. The sophomore transfer paced the No. 38 Green Wave to the team title, marking the first tournament title since claiming the 2005 C-USA Tournament championship. Roger Sloan of UTEP and Blayne Barber of UCF are the Co-Men's Golfers of the Week. Sloan tied for third-place at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he shot a four-under-par 206 with rounds of 70-70-66. Barber also recorded a third-place tie after carding a 208 (-8) at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.
C0-MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK (4/8)
BLAYNE BARBER - UCF
Fr., Lake City, Fla.
Barber tied for third at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga., recording an eight-under-par 208. Barber opened the event with a four-under-par 68 and carded a two-under-par 70 in both the second and third rounds. In an event that included seven of the top-50 ranked teams in the country according to GolfWeek, the Knights finished tied for fourth-place in the 17-team field. This is Barber's third career weekly honor.
ROGER SLOAN - UTEP
Sr., Merritt, B.C.
Sloan tied for third-place to lead UTEP to a third-place finish at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he shot a four-under par 206. In the opening round of play, Sloan fired an even-par 70 as the Miners led the 20-team field with a team total 283. On day two, Sloan recorded another even-par 70 before carding a final round four-under-par score of 66. This is Sloan's fourth Top 10 finish of the season and he has been honored as the Golfer of the Week for the third time in his career.
WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK (4/8)
LINN GUSTAFSSON - TULANE
So., Stockholm, Sweden
Gustafsson carded a one-over-par 217 at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Oxford in Oxford, Miss., to finish tied for first in the field of 77 golfers. The sophomore transfer fired a three-under-par 69 during her final round on Sunday to chalk up her first career medalist honor. Gustafsson's 54-hole total (75-73-69) is tied for the ninth-best effort in school history. Her solid round on the final day helped Tulane to the team title as it finished with a 12-stroke advantage over second-place and host Ole Miss. The Green Wave picked up its first tournament title since claiming the 2005 C-USA Tournament championship. This is Gustafsson's second career weekly honor and second in 2008-09 (Feb. 25, 2009).
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
ANDRE THORSEN - EAST CAROLINA
Thorsen fired a one-over-par 217 to finish tied for seventh at the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C. The senior golfer helped the Pirates capture the team title with a three-round total of 875.
BEN MOSER - HOUSTON
Moser was the Cougars' leading performer at the Aministaff Augusta State Invitational. The senior moved into a tie for 43rd after shooting a four-under-par 68 during the final round. His performance marked the second-straight tournament where he led the Cougars.
ABBY BOOLS - EAST CAROLINA
Bools recorded her 16th career Top 10 finish at the Bryan National Collegiate after posting a 54-hole score of 218 (75-73-70) to finish tied for second place. Her score of 218 tied her career low 54-hole total and pushed her season stroke average to 75.01.
KATE ACKERSON - SMU
Ackerson registered a Top 10 finish at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Monday, tying for sixth-place in the 88 participant field. The senior Mustang carded a 234 to finish nine strokes out of first-place.
TERESA NOGUES - UTEP
Nogues led the Miners at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla., tying for third-place with a three-round total of 231 (76-81-74). The freshman golfer led the Miners to a sixth-place finish at the 15-team tournament. Her performance marked the sixth time this season that Nogues has been UTEP's top finisher.