Hurricane storms back to take Nexus Collegiate Team Championship

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Above, coach Annie Young, TU players Grace Kilcrease, Jenni Roller, Lovisa Gunnar, Allyn Stephens, Sirah Steinhoff and Norah Seidl along with assistant coach Jared Helin.

Complete results:

NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas – The Tulsa women golfers overcame an eight-stroke deficit on the final day of competition to capture the Nexus Collegiate Team Championship Wednesday afternoon at the par-72 Albany Golf Club course.

The Hurricane turned in a third round 292 for a 15-over par final score of 879 in the opening spring tournament, outdistancing second-place Kentucky and Iowa State by three strokes. Tulsa entered the final round in fourth place, eight strokes behind team leader Kentucky, while also jumping over third-place North Texas and second-place Iowa State to take home its second tournament championship of the season.

Tulsa, ranked 45th nationally entering the tournament, finished ahead of four top-40 opponents – Mississippi State (28th), Houston (29th), Michigan (35th) and Kentucky (37th).

Tulsa placed three individuals among the top-11, including sophomores Jenni Roller and Grace Kilcrease and redshirt freshman Allyn Stephens. Roller finished in sixth place with a 1-over par 217 after her second straight round of 72. Stephens had Tulsa’s best round of the day with a 2-under par 70 for a 3-over par final tally of 219 for ninth place, while Kilcrease was 1-over 73 for an 11th-place 221 total score.

After going 1-over on the front nine, Stephens had a stretch of seven holes at 4-under par. She had birdie putts on the par-5 11th and 16th holes, the par-4 14th and the par-3 17th hole. Roller had five birdie putts in the final round.

Junior Lovisa Gunnar’s final round score of 5-over par 77 also counted for the Hurricane total. She finished the three-day event in 22nd place with a 224 score. Newcomer Sirah Steinhoff completed her first American collegiate tournament in 55th place with a final score of 237.

Freshman Norah Seidl played the tournament as an individual, scoring a 245 total for 64th place.

Tulsa will be back in action at the Chevron Collegiate in Houston, Texas, Feb. 26-27.

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