Tulsa Women Golfers in 19th Place at NCAA Central Regional

The Tulsa women’s golf team carded an opening round of 324 and sits in 19th place in a 24-team field after the opening round of the NCAA Central Regional at the par-72 Otter Creek Golf Club.

Defending national champion Arizona State holds a two-stroke lead over fellow PAC-10 foe Southern Cal, 297 to 299. Purdue (303), Oregon and Oklahoma State (305), New Mexico (306), Florida State (308), Mississippi and Kent State (309) and Michigan State (310) round out the top-10 teams. 

Tulsa sits 15 strokes out of eighth-place, as the top-8 teams after three rounds will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Tulsa sophomore Sarah Elliot carded a first round five-over par 77 and sits in a 27th-place tie. The remainder of the Hurricane lineup was unable to crack 80 on the opening day of regional play. Sophomore Shu-Yin Liu is in 69th-place with a score of 81, while sophomore Marita Engzelius and freshman Kristina Merkle are tied for 86th place with totals of 83. Senior Abby Allford shot a round of 84 and is in 94th place.

Individually, Purdue’s Thea Hoffmeister and Kendra Little of Oregon each carded 70 to tie for first place.

The tournament will resume on Friday with 18 holes, while the final round will be played on Saturday.

Team Scores
1.            Arizona State            297
2.            Southern Cal            299
3.            Purdue            303
T4.            Oregon             305
T4.            Oklahoma State            305
6.            New Mexico            306
7.            Florida State            308
T8.            Mississippi            309
T8.            Kent State            309
10.            Michigan State            310
T11.            Denver            312
T11.            Georgia            312
13.            Louisville            315
14.            Baylor            316
15.            Illinois State            317
16.            Indiana            318
17.            San Diego State            319
18.            Northwestern            321
19.            Tulsa            324
T20.            North Carolina St.            328
T20.            Notre Dame            328
22.            Murray State            336
23.            Detroit-Mercy            352
24.            Jackson State            357

Tulsa Individuals            
T27.            Sarah Elliot            77
T69.            Shu-Yin Liu            81
T86.            Marita Engzelius            83
T86.            Kristina Merkle            83
T94.            Abby Allford            84

Top-5 Individuals
T1.            Thea Hoffmeister, Purdue            70
T1.            Kendra Little, Oregon            70
3.            Juliana Murcia, Arizona State            71
T4.            Malin Enarsson, San Diego State            72
T4.            Jodi Ewart, New Mexico            72
T4.            Martinia Gavier, Kent State            72
T4.            Victoria Park, Oklahoma State            72

Updated 05-07-2010

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