April 24, 2013
GULF SHORES, Ala. (SMU) - The Mustangs finished fourth, and SMU senior Felicia Espericueta posted the low score of the final round at the Conference USA Championships, landing her in a three-hole playoff for the win. Nico Engstroem Skaug of East Carolina was able to par the third playoff hole to take individual medalist honors. Tulane took the team title.
Espericueta tallied six birdies to climb the leaderboard and post the only round in the 60s of the tournament. Espericueta also finished runner-up in this event last year.
"She played great golf," Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland stated in reference to Espericueta's spectacular round. "She went ahead and went right at the pin. We had nothing to lose and she was aggressive. She was great."
SMU maintained its fourth position. The Mustangs were in fourth after each of the first two rounds, and looked to gain ground on Wednesday. SMU had an up-and-down day, with Jenny Haglund posting her best round of the event (74) but with three players scoring in the 80s. Sutherland believes her team learned valuable lessons and got good practice in advance of the upcoming NCAA Regionals.
"We got in some really good work on our short games and our wedges," Sutherland said. "It's been windy back home, and we got a chance to play without as much wind and get good practice."
By virtue of winning the C-USA Championship, Tulane earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
East Carolina was the team runner-up, finishing one stroke ahead of UCF.
Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina
Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane
Felicia Espericueta, SMU
Silvia Garces, Tulane
Emily Penttila, Tulane