NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore Lindsay Hulwick and freshman Liliana Alvarez both shot 1-under par 71s and the Green Wave fired a tournament-low 288 in the third round to win the women's crown at the Inaugural Tulane Invitational Tuesday afternoon at English Turn Golf & Country Club.
Tulane entered the third round five strokes behind Day 1 leader TCU, but the Green Wave were able to make up the difference with the fifth-best round in program history to win the event over the Horned Frogs by 17 strokes (311-306-288=905). Hulwick took home the individual crown with a 6-over par 222 (77-74-71).
'This is another great win for our program,' coach Sue Bower said. 'I think our players were a little bit too excited during the first day and we shot a little higher than we expected to. But today, you saw what this team can do when it keeps its composure. TCU is a tough team from top to bottom, and we'll see them again in the Conference USA Championship.
'The girls did a good job of keeping themselves focused on our goal of winning this event. They began chipping away during the first nine holes today, and put it away down the stretch. This was a great team win and we're going to enjoy it, but we know there is a lot of season left for us and we've still got to keep working if we expect to make it to the NCAA championships.'
After having won only two tournaments in the history of the program coming into the season, the Green Wave has now won three events during the 2002-03 season. Hulwick's victory was her first career tournament win and marked the second time this year a member of the Tulane squad won the individual crown as Alvarez and Carolin Landmann tied for medalist honors at the USF/Beacon Woods Invitational back in October.
Alvarez's 71 in Round 3 gave her a 224 for the tournament which tied her for fourth overall. Other Tulane scorers were Landmann, who tied for eighth with a 228 (77-77-74) and sophomore Alexis Wooster, who shot an even-par 72 Tuesday to finish tied for 13th (81-78-72=231). Senior Kathy Schafer was next for the Green Wave with a 238 to finish 25th overall with a 238 (84-78-76).
Participating as individuals, freshman Jessica Issler finished 23rd with a 236 (83-79-77), and junior Carrie Farnham had a career outing to finish tied for 15th with a 232 (74-80-78).
On the men's side, Wake Forest took a one-stroke victory over SMU with a 10-over par 874, including a tournament low 289 in the third round. Bill Haas led the Demon Deacon squad with a 6-under 210 (69-68-73) to take home medalist honors and win the event by three strokes over SMU's Nicholas Loar (71-72-68).
The Green Wave squad finished eighth in the competition with a 910, just seven stroke behind seventh-placed Southeastern Louisiana. Sophomore Chris Wheeler shot an even-par 72 to finish tied with teammate Mark Sullivan for the Green Wave lead with an 8-over 224 which tied for 15th overall.
Other scorers for Tulane were Bill Roach, Jr. with a 233 (82-76-75) and Phil Krass with a 236 (80-77-78) to finish tied for 39th. Jeff Osborn was next for the Green Wave with a 238 (78-84-76). Participating as individuals, Cyril Coldefy finished tied for 41st with a 237 (77-82-78) and Michael Rodrigue was 44th with a 239 (82-81-76).