Brooke Tull Earns Third Straight Conference USA Golfer of the Year Honor
April 21, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The Horned Frogs reclaimed their runners-up title at the conclusion of the 2004 Greenwood Office Outfitters Conference USA Women's Golf Championship. For the second year in a row, TCU finished second as a team. Senior Brooke Tull earned C-USA Player of the Year for the third year in a row, in addition to teaming with freshman Camille Blackerby, an all-freshman honoree, for first-team All-Conference USA.
Despite being down only four strokes at the start of the day, TCU slowly slipped farther and farther behind the team leader, Tulane. At the conclusion of the third and final round, Tulane had the lead by 18 strokes, aided largely by the tournament champion, Green Wave sophomore Liliana Alvarez. Alvarez hit the low round for the tournament, an even par, to take the individual title.
Newly re-crowned Conference USA Golfer of the Year, Tull, had her best round of the three-day tourney, shooting a three-over par for a two-way tie for third. Her biggest trouble came on a double-bogey on the tenth hole: a shot she had managed even par on the previous two days. Two birdies, one on the second hole and one on the 13th, helped her maintain her status as a tournament leader with her 75 third round score.
Camille Blackerby, a new member of the Conference USA All Freshman and First-Teams, had what turned out to be her worst day of golf for the tournament. Double-bogeying the third, fourth, and 10th holes -- holes she had all birdied the day before -- set her back several strokes. After another double-bogey on the 13th hole, she evened off to finish the round without another problem. The slip-ups set her back to a three-way tie for seventh with a day's score of 83.
Freshman Catherine Matranga's day added up to a nine-over 83 third round score and a solid 12th finish in her first Conference USA tournament. Her birdie on the second hole -- the same hole she had double-bogied the day before -- came in especially clutch for the Frogs.
The other two freshmen of the squad, Elin Emanuelsson and Stacey Bieber -- the international Frogs -- finished a back to back 29th and 30th, respectively. Emanuelsson's third round ping-ponged for the first few holes, and before the front nine was through, she was set back ten strokes. She leveled off for the final back nine, ending the day a 15-over 87.
Bieber took the hardest hit of the Frogs, shooting a 20-over par 92. The same holes that plagued the freshman throughout the tournament continued to have at her; even her first day's birdie on the 18th multiplied into a double-bogey on her third round. She slid to a 30th finish.
Full results can be found at www.golfstat.com.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Tulane (+77) 318-311-312=941. 2. TCU (+95) 325-308-326=959; 3. USF (+106) 318-321-331=970; 4. Louisville (+112) 338-317-321=976; 5. East Carolina (+114) 330-334-314=978.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 1. Liliana Alvarez, Tulane (+10) 77-77-72=226. 2. Adrienne Millican, East Carolina (+11) 75-76-76=227. T3. Mary Ellen Jacobs, Tulane (+14) 78-75-77=230. T3. Brooke Tull, TCU (+14) 77-78-75=230. T5. Jill Crowe, USF (+19) 79-80-76=235. T5. Elly Leonard (+19) 79-75-81=235.
TCU RESULTS: T3. Brooke Tull (+14) 77-78-75=230; T7. Camille Blackerby (+22) 80-75-83=238; 12. Catherine Matranga 86-76-81=243; 29. Elin Emanuelsson (+39) 89-79-87=255; T30. Stacey Bieber (+41) 82-83-92=257.