Tulane women, Southeastern men win league golf titles

The Tulane women’s golf team and the Southeastern Louisiana men’s golf team won the Conference USA and Southland Conference titles Wednesday.

Tulane won the Conference USA Championship for the third time in five years with a 27-stroke victory after combining for a 3-over 291 total during the final round at the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Tulane entered Wednesday’s finale with a 12-stroke cushion over second place East Carolina, but pulled away from the field on the last day by adding 15 strokes to its lead. The 27-stroke margin of victory was TU’s largest in its five league championships and the Wave completed the event with a 13-over 877 total.

Southeastern Louisiana entered the final round with only a two-stroke lead over Central Arkansas but pulled away from the competition on the last 18 holes to claim the Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas.

All five Green Wave golfers finished in the top-10, including Gemma Dryburgh, who tied for first, and returned to the course following a lightning delay for a three-way play-off with East Carolina’s Nico Engstroem Skaug and SMU’s Felecia Espericuta for individual medalist honors.

The trio returned to the 18th hole in a steady rain but Dryburgh came up short in the first hole of the playoff. Skaug claimed the individual title two holes later over Espericuta.

The freshmen duo of Emily Penttila and Silvia Garces tied for fourth place. Garces fired a 2-over 74 today, while Penttila carded a 3-over 75 on the day and each golfer finished 5-over during the 54-hole event.

Senior Maribel Lopez Porras rebounded from a tough outing during her first 36 holes and led the way for Tulane with a 2-under 70 today and posted a sixth-place finish with a 6-over total.

Southeastern had three golfers shoot par-or-better in the final round to card an even-par 288 and win by 13 strokes over Central Arkansas to claim its fourth Southland team title. The win gives the Lions the league’s automatic berth into one of six NCAA regionals, May 16-18.

On Wednesday, SLU’s Rhys West was the only player to shoot better than par with a 1-under par 71, giving him a three-round total of 4-over par (73-76-71–220) that helped him be the individual medalist.

Southeastern placed four golfers in the top six. Eamon Bradley finished 9-over par (82-71-72–225) to place third and Nichola Inderthal (76-79-72–227) and Grady Brame (76-78-73–227) finished two shots back to tie for sixth. Baptiste Courtachon (76-82-79–237) finished tied for 21st.