March 2, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Helping their teams to top five finishes against some of the nation's top competition, Tulane's Maribel Lopez Porras and UCF's Greg Eason have earned Conference USA Golfers of the Week accolades. Porras led the Green Wave to a third-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship. Her consistent play helped her to claim fifth at the event with a 2-under 214 tournament total. Eason pushed the Knights to fourth in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational with his 1-under 215 performance, tying him for sixth individually.
WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK (March 2)
MARIBEL LOPEZ PORRAS - Tulane
Sophomore - Bogota, Columbia
Porras helped the 15th-ranked Green Wave solidify a foothold among the nation's top golf teams with a third-place showing at the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, finishing only behind second-ranked and tournament champion USC and top-ranked and tournament runner-up Alabama. Porras, who entered the event ranked No. 56 according to Golfstat.com, fired a pair of 1-under 71s during her first two rounds and added an even-par score during her final round to card a 2-under 214 total, which was good enough for a fifth place finish. The tournament, which took place at the English Turn Golf & Country Club, featured 25 of the nation's top-50 individuals with Porras finishing ahead of 22 of them. The sophomore registered 10 birdies and was guilty of only eight bogeys during her 54-hole round. Her 214 total is a career-low for 54 holes, while her fifth-place finish is her highest finish of the 2010-11 campaign. She now has 10 rounds of par or lower out of a possible 18 rounds during the season. The Green Wave turned in a 5-over 293 total during the final round and concluded the inaugural event with a three-round, 15-over 879 to tie fifth-ranked Duke for third place. The 2011 field featured 12 of the nation's top-25 teams and Tulane finished ahead of 10 of those squads, including five top-10 teams. Porras earns the first Golfer of the Week honor of her career with the impressive play.
MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK (March 2)
GREG EASON - UCF
Freshman - Leicester City, England
Eason led UCF to an impressive fourth-place finish at the John Hayt Invitational, tying for sixth individually at 1-under 215. The competitive 15-team tournament featured nine of the top-50 ranked squads in the country, and the Knights concluded play ahead of five ranked teams, including No. 2 Florida. Eason ended the event by carding a 2-under 70 during Tuesday's final round. The freshman posted a 72 (E) to open the tournament, and a 73 (+1) in the second round. The performance was Eason's third top-10 finish of the season and his second in as many events in the spring. He earns his third Golfer of the Week recognition with the weekend performance.