PALM COAST, Fla. – Tulsa’s Anneke Strobach finished in 12th place individually at the American Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship Tuesday but the short-handed Golden Hurricane dropped from sixth to last as the pressure of having just four golfers instead of the customary five proved difficult.
Strobach carded a final round 75 Tuesday to finish the tournament with a 5-over par 223 score. Tulsa will now concentrate on finding a coach to replace Emilee Klein, who resigned in late March to deal with personal issues. TU officials have said they expect to hire a new coach to rebuild the once proud program no later than June 1.
As a team, Tulsa turned in a final round of 310 for a total score of 930 on the par-72 Conservatory course at the Hammock Beach Resort. Tulsa spent the first two days in sixth place after rounds of 305 and 315.
Behind Strobach, Tulsa’s Olivia Jackson shot 81 to drop from fourth to 25th place. Johanna Samuelsson turned in her best round of the tournament and the best Tulsa round of the day with a score of 74 to finish 35th at 234. Nicole Marquardt shot 80 to finish at 245 in 46th.
The nation’s 23rd-ranked Houston Cougars captured The American’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regional with a winning score of 870, beating second place UCF and East Carolina by 14 strokes. Wichita State’s Taryn Torgerson set a conference record with her final round 64, winning the conference individual crown with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
- Houston 291-302-277=870
T2. UCF 293-305-286=884
T2. East Carolina 296-303-285=884
- Memphis 296-301-288=885
- Wichita State 302-316-287=905
- Cincinnati 306-318-290=914
T7. SMU 311-318-286=915
T7. Tulane 310-311-294=915
- South Florida 314-311-299=924
- Tulsa 305-315-310=930
T12. Anneke Strobach 73-75-75=223
T25. Olivia Jackson 73-74-81=228
- Johanna Samuelsson 80-80-74=234
- Nicole Marquardt 79-86-80=245
T1. Taryn Torgerson, Wichita State 70-77-64=211 (-5)*
T1. Dorthea Forbrigd, ECU 74-70-67=211 (-5)
- Megan Thothong, Houston 73-72-68=213 (-3)
- Leonie Harm, Houston 70-77-67=214 (-2)
- Kaeli Jones, UCF 71-75-69=215 (-1)