May 13, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The 2012 Conference USA women’s golf season concluded Saturday at the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals. Four teams – Tulsa, Tulane, UCF and East Carolina – played in regional competition from May 10-12. This was the fifth straight season C-USA has sent at least three teams to NCAA Regional play.
NCAA Regional Results
No. 31 Tulsa placed 13th in the 24-team NCAA West Regional Saturday afternoon and failed to qualify for the NCAA Championship Finals. The Hurricane carded a final round 299 and finished the 54-hole event with an overall score of 899 at the par-72 Colorado National Golf Club. Tulsa's Kristina Merkle and Marita Engzelius finished the tournament tied for 26th place with scores of five-over par 221. The duo each scored rounds of one-over par 73 on the final 18 holes today as both golfers carded two birdies and three bogeys on the day.
No. 35 Tulane combined for a 12-over 300 total during the final round of the 2012 NCAA East Regional and saw its season come to an end today with a 12th place finish at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Penn. The Green Wave entered the final round just four strokes out of contention for a berth into the NCAA national championships, but C-USA medalist junior Maribel Lopez Porras was forced to withdraw with back injury and the Wave wasn't able to cover for one of its top golfers.
Tulane freshman Gemma Dryburgh put together one of the top tournaments of her rookie season, as she fired an even-par round Saturday and matched her first round score. She completed the event with a 3-over 219 total for a 12th place finish. She missed qualifying for the national championships as an individual by one stroke.
No. 38 UCF concluded its successful season Saturday at the NCAA East Regional on the Blue Course at Penn State. The Knights finished the three-round regional at 907 (+43), and tied for 14th at the 24-team event. Monifa Sealy concluded her freshman campaign at UCF with a top-50 showing at the regional tournament. She tied for 46th at 225 (+9).
East Carolina carded a final round 328 (40-over) to finish 21st at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional, which was being hosted by Ohio State at the par-72, Scarlet Course. The top eight teams out of 24 and two individuals, not from those teams advance to the NCAA Championships. Senior Amy Otteson
closed out her collegiate career with an 18-over par 234 for a share of 50th place finishing atop the Pirates roster.