Tulsa Women's Golf Places Ninth At McNamara Invitational

Tuesday, September 18th 2012, 7:17 pm
By: News On 6

The Tulsa women golfers finished ninth in the 15-team field at the season-opening Dale McNamara Invitational on Tuesday at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.

The Dale McNamara Invitational, named for the legendary TU women's golf coach who won four national championships with the Golden Hurricane, completed its third annual tournament, and first at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.

Golden Hurricane freshman Antonia Von Wnuck was Tulsa's top finisher, as she tied for 10th place with total of 218 after a final-round 73. Senior Shu-Yin Liu carded a three-under par 69 in the final round to score 220 for the tournament and tie for 14th overall.

The Golden Hurricane scored a 297 on Tuesday to total 899 for the tournament and place ninth. Fourth-ranked Arizona State coached by McNamara's daughter Melissa, the 1988 NCAA Medalist for the Hurricane, won the team title after totaling 866, including a 294 in the final round. Florida's Isabelle Lendl took home individual medalist honors with a six-under 210, including an even-par 72 in the final round.

Liu fired the best round of the tournament for the Hurricane with her 69 on Tuesday. She birdied two of her first seven holes, with just one bogey on her first nine, and carded three birdies against a single bogey on her final nine holes.

Freshman Jessica Lydia scored a 75 in the third round to tie for 55th place with a score of 234. Junior Karson Bizzell tied for 59th with a three-round 235, including an 80 on Tuesday, and senior Kristina Merkle finished 65th with a score of 238.

The ninth-ranked Gators placed second with a 54-hole 869, and were followed by No. 21 Oklahoma State, which carded a team 875.

Tulsa will compete in the Golfweek Conference Challenge, Sept. 24-26, in Vail, Colo.