TCU in 4th Place after 1st Round of C-USA Women's Golf Championships
April 19, 2002
The TCU women's golf team shot a 10-over par 298 in the first round of the Conference USA Women's Golf Championships Friday. The Frogs are in fourth place, eight shots behind tournament leader South Florida's opening round score of 290.
Sophomore Brooke Tull led the Frogs in the first round, shooting a one-under par score of 71. Tull is currently tied for third, one shot behind South Florida's Katie Ruhe and Tulane's Lindsay Hulwick, who are tied for first after shooting a two-under score of 70. Tull is tied with South Florida's Kelly Martin.
Junior Shannon Barr shot a two-over par score of 74, placing her in a seven-way tie for 11th. Freshman D'Rae Ward is in 18th place, after shooting a 75. Senior Lori Sutherland (78) is tied for 29th, while Jennifer Patterson (81) is tied for 36th.
"I thought we played well today," said head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. "The 298 is our lowest first-round score of the year, so that is a good start. I knew this was not going to be a piece of cake, since no one here wants us to win. We've been labeled as the team to beat. I'll remind the girls that this is a three-day tournament, and eight shots is nothing with two rounds left to play. I thought everyone played with quiet confidence, and Brooke, Shannon and D'Rae played steady golf all day."
The Frogs are three shots behind 2001 league champion Memphis, which opened the tournament with a 295. Louisville is in sixth place, after firing a 304. UAB is in sixth place with a 305, followed by East Carolina (306) and Southern Miss (306). Cincinnati is in ninth place with a first-round score of 325. Only nine teams in the league compete in women's golf.
The 54-hole tournament is being held at the Hattiesburg Country Club. Second-round play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20.