Morrell Finishes 10th At C-USA Championships- ODU Ties For seventh
By ODU Athletics
April 24, 2013
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Old Dominion University senior Samantha Morrell (North Kingstown, RI.) shot 76 in the final round to finish at 225 and tied for 10th at the Conference USA Women's Golf Championships held at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club. She finished five strokes behind the tournament champion Nico Engstroem Skaug of East Carolina. As a team, the Lady Monarchs tied for seventh with Southern Mississippi at 926.
No. 20 Tulane won its fifth Conference USA Women's Golf Championship. Nico Engstroem Skaug of East Carolina won a three-golfer playoff against Gemma Dryburgh of Tulane and Felicia Espericueta of SMU to claim individual medalist honors. The three golfers finished the 54-hole, par-72 6,162-yard course with identical 220 scores.
Skaug, who shared the lead at the end of the first and second rounds, won the playoff with a par on the 18th and third playoff hole. She is the second medalist from East Carolina, joining Lene Krog who won in 2006. Espericueta shot the low round of the day to earn her way into the playoff, firing a 69 with six birdies. Dryburgh shot even-par 72 during the final round, continuing her consistent play for the Championship and working her way into the playoff.
ODU junior Elizabeth Haycock (Birmingham, England) tied for 22nd after shooting a 75 today and compiling a three day total of 230. Kimberley Bradbury, a junior (Derbyshire, England) tied for 28th at 232. The best round of the day for the Lady Monarchs was a 73 shot by junior Gemma Fuster (Barcelona, Spain).
Morrell led the tournament in par 3 scoring at 2.75 and ranked third in the championship in total pars with 37. Elizabeth Haycock tied for eighth in par four scoring at 4.23, followed by Kimberley Bradbury tied for 12th at 4.27. Haycock had 36 total pars for the tournament. As a team, the Lady Monarchs shot 304 in the final round, to move up from yesterday's eighth place standing in this their first ever C-USA Tournament.
Tulane led wire-to-wire, increasing a two-stroke lead after the first round to 12 after round two and to 27 strokes after the final round. All five Green Wave golfers finished in the top eight, with Dryburgh (4-over, t1st), Silvia Garces (5-over, t4th), Emily Penttila (5-over, t4th), Maribel Lopez Porras (6-over, t6th) and Madison Opfer (8-over, t8th) all posting at least one round of even-par or better. By virtue of winning the C-USA Championship, Tulane earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
No. 48 East Carolina was the team runner-up, finishing one stroke ahead of No. 44 UCF, 904-905. Two East Carolina golfers finished among the top-10 individuals, with Skaug advancing to the playoff and Frida Gustafsson Spang finishing in a tie for sixth place at 6-over. Central had four golfers finish among a group of five who tied for 12th place. Robyn Doig, Carolin Pinneger, Paola Robles and Monifa Sealy all finished with 11-over 227 scores.
Team Leaderboard (Day Three) 1. Tulane - 291-295-291 (+13) 2. East Carolina - 293-305-306 (+40) 3. UCF - 301-301-303 (+41) t4. SMU - 302-305-307 (+50) t4. Tulsa - 304-310-300 (+50) 6. Memphis - 304-317-302 (+59) T7. Southern Miss - 309-313-304 (+62) T7. Old Dominion - 305-317-304 (+62) 9. UTEP - 310-310-313 (+69) 10. UAB - 329-324-320 (+109) 11. Marshall - 335-334-320 (+125)