Tulsa nipped by SMU in AAC Championship, Gunnar, Kilcrease finish 2-3

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. –– SMU took the lead on the final six holes and held on for a two- stroke victory over second-place Tulsa Wednesday atthe American Athletic Conference Championship. Tulsa junior Lovisa Gunnar and sophomore Grace Kilcrease placed second and third in the individual standings.

The Golden Hurricane carded a final round 281 to finish with a 19-under score of 845, while the 28th-ranked Mustangs turned in a 12-under par total in the final round to finish at 21-under par 843 to take home the team title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Tulsa counted three under-par scores and one even-par tally on the final day of the championship at the par-72 Southern Hills Golf Club.

Gunnar shot 1-over par 73 today for an 8-under par 208 total to place one stroke behind medalist Daniela Abonce of UTSA. Kilcrease turned in Tulsa’s best round of the day with a 4-under par 68 and climbed from 10th to third place with a final 6-under par 210 total.

She turned in six birdies and had two bogeys for the day. Kilcrease opened the day with a birdie on the par-4 first hole and was 3-under after the first nine. She bogeyed the 10th and birdied par-5 holes 12 and 16 to end the day with the second-best round of the day for any of the 60 participants.

Redshirt freshman Allyn Stephens had Tulsa’s second-best day with a 2-under 70 score. After making the turn at 1-under par, it was a roller-coaster back nine for Stephens with birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie on the first five of her final nine holes. She finished with a bogey on hole 16 and birdie on the par-3 17th hole.

Stephens finished in a 10th place tie with a 2-under 214 total for the 54 holes.

Junior Sydney Seigel placed 16th and sophomore Jenni Roller 21st overall for the Hurricane. Roller had Tulsa’s third under-par round of the day with a 1-under 71, while Seigel shot even-par for her final 18 holes.

South Florida, who began the day in first place by six strokes, finished in third place with a 14-under par score of 850, followed by East Carolina (866) and UTSA (871) to round out the top-five teams.

By finishing among the top-7 overall, Gunnar and Kilcrease earned all-conference honors.

The Tulsa women will wait for the announcement of NCAA Regional qualifiers on Wednesday, April 24, with the NCAA selection show scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) on Golf Channel. Regionals then take place May 6-8, followed by the championship finals from May 17-22 in Carlsbad, California.

In regional play, six 54-hole regional competitions will be played to determine the participants in the championship finals. In each regional, 12 teams and six individuals not on those teams will compete.

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Final Team Standings

  1. SMU                           278-289-276=843 (-21)
  2. Tulsa                          283-281-281=845 (-19)
  3. South Florida            281-277-292=850 (-14)
  4. East Carolina             279-292-295=866 (+2)
  5. UTSA                          282-302-287=871 (+7)
  6. North Texas              286-300-288=874 (+10)
  7. Florida Atlantic         290-295-297=882 (+18)
  8. Charlotte                   299-295-302=896 (+32)
  9. Wichita State            294-298-308=900 (+36)
  10. Tulane                     297-306-300=903 (+39)
  11. UAB                          304-305-305=914 (+50)
  12. Memphis                 306-308-306=920 (+56)

Top-5 Individuals

  1. Daniela Abonce, UTSA         66-72-69=207 (-9)
  2. Lovisa Gunnar, Tulsa           68-67-73=208 (-8)

T3. Grace Kilcrease, Tulsa       74-68-68=210 (-6)

T3. Melanie Green, USF           71-67-72=210 (-6)

T5. Emily Odwin, SMU              69-73-69=211 (-5)

T5. Mackenzie Lee, SMU         67-75-69=211 (-5)

T5. Ellie Szeryk, SMU                 69-68-74=211 (-5)

T5. Mason Lewis, UNT              68-73-70=211 (-5)

Tulsa Scores

  1. Lovisa Gunnar           68-67-73=208 (-8)

T3. Grace Kilcrease      74-68-68=210 (-6)

T10. Allyn Stephens     73-71-70=214 (-2)

  1. Sydney Seigel          70-75-72=217 (+1)

T21. Jenni Roller           72-77-71=220 (+4)


 

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