Kilcrease comes up clutch as Tulsa snags NCAA Championship berth

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AUBURN, Ala. –– Grace Kilcrease’s birdie putt on the final hole, the par-4 ninth, guaranteed the Tulsa women a spot in the NCAA Championship Finals for the second consecutive season and the 22nd time in school history.

The Golden Hurricane finished with a final round 295 for an 891 total score to finish in a fourth-place tie with the nation’s second-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday afternoon at the par-72, 6,456-yard Auburn University Club course.

Tulsa joined first-place Auburn (874), Oregon (878), North Carolina (885) and South Carolina (891) as the five teams advancing to the NCAA Championship, May 17-22, at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

With the 295 final round score, the Hurricane shot three strokes better than in each of the first two days and needed all three of those strokes to squeeze by sixth place finishers, No. 23-ranked Georgia and Houston, by one stroke for the final advancing spot. Georgia and Houston finished at 892 for the 54-hole event.

The sophomore Kilcrease shot 1-under par for the final 18 holes to pace the Hurricane with a three-round score of 1-over par 217 for seventh place overall. She began the day on hole 10 and was 2-over after bogeys on holes 10 and 14 before turning in back-to-back birdies on the par-4 15th and par-5 16th holes. Kilcrease was 1-over par heading into her final three holes and birdied the seventh and ninth holes to move Tulsa into the top five.

Junior Sydney Seigel carded a 2-over par 74 and finished in 13th place with a total score of 221. The Hurricane also counted two 3-over par 75 scores today from junior Lovisa Gunnar and sophomore Jenni Roller. Gunnar finished the tournament in 25th place with a 227 total, redshirt freshman Allyn Stephens was 30th with a score of 229 after today’s round of 77 and Roller placed 45th overall.

Tulsa will be making its 29th appearance at the national championship finals next week, including for the 22nd time in the 43 years of the NCAA event. The seven other national championship appearances for Tulsa came in the AIAW. Tulsa has won four national titles, including the 1980 AIAW, 1982 AIAW, 1982 NCAA and 1988 NCAA crowns.

Tulsa and SMU are the only two of four American Athletic Conference schools in regional play to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals, while Tulsa is also joined by Oklahoma State as the only schools from Oklahoma to advance.

TEAM SCORES

1.Auburn (290-287-297=874), 2. Oregon (298-297-283=878), 3. North Carolina (300-292-293=885), T4. Tulsa (298-298-295=891), T4. South Carolina (293-305-293=891), T6. Georgia (306-297-296=892), T6. Houston (298-293-301=892), 8. Miami (305-306-304=915), 9. Michigan (311-304-309=924), 10. East Tennessee State (308-310-314=932), 11. Kennesaw State (317-317-302=836), 12 Albany (321-325-333=979).

 

TULSA INDIVIDUALS

T7. Grace Kilcrease -73-73-71=217 (+1)

T13. Sydney Seigel – 72-75-74=221 (+5)

T25. Lovisa Gunnar – 76-76-75=227 (+11)

T30. Allyn Stephens – 78-74-77=229 (+13)

T45. Jenni Roller – 77-82-75=234 (+18)

 

TOP-5 INDIVIDUALS

1.   Anna Davis, Auburn – 73-69-69=211 (-5)

T2. Isabella McCauley, Minnesota – 77-72-65=214 (-2)

T2. Megan Schofill, Auburn – 69-73-72=214 (-2)

T2. Louise Rydqvist, South Carolina – 69-74-71-214 (-2)

T5. Kayla Smith, North Carolina – 72-72-71=215 (-1)

T5. Moa Svedenskiold, Houston – 72-69-74=215 (-1)

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