Women's Golf Concludes Conference Championships


Senior Maria Battaglia improved 11 strokes from round two to three.

Senior Maria Battaglia improved 11 strokes from round two to three.

April 24, 2013

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GULF SHORES, Ala. - Marshall women's golf put a cap on the 2012-13 season, finishing the third and final round of the Conference USA Championships at The Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club on Wednesday.

The Thundering Herd placed 11th after three rounds, concluding with a combined score of 989. The final round showcased Marshall's best performance as the Herd shot a team score of 320, 14 strokes better than round two.

Sophomore Korakot Simsiriwong shot a 79 on day three to finish the event tied for 22nd with a score of 230 (+14).

Rachel Thompson shot her best round of the tournament in the final round, carding a 75 (+3). She finished tied for 35th (236), climbing four positions in the final round.

Playing in the final tournament of their collegiate careers, seniors Caitlyn Morrone, Maria Battaglia and Kristyn Morrone each made significant improvements on the final day of the event.

Caitlyn Morrone shot an 83, seven strokes better than round two, and finished in 53rd (260). Battaglia also shot an 83, which was 11 strokes better than day two's tally. She finished in 54th (267). Kristyn Morrone posted an 87 in the final round and placed 55th (270).

"It was a better round today and a better finish for the seniors," head coach Meredith Knight Rowsey said. "It was not close to what we hoped for going into the conference tournament, but we have a lot to look forward to for next year.

"Korakot (Simisiriwong) had a nice tournament and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the next two years. Rachel (Thompson) finished off on a high note today and I am excited to have her senior leadership next year. I know she, along with Korakot, will be fighting for that championship next year."

No. 20 Tulane took home the tournament title, marking its fifth women's golf championship in school history. The Green Wave had all five Green Wave golfers finish in the top eight, with Gemma Dryburgh (+4, t1st), Silvia Garces (+5, t4th), Emily Penttila (+5, t4th), Maribel Lopez Porras (+6, t6th) and Madison Opfer (+8, t8th) all posting at least one round of even-par or better.

Nico Engstroem Skaug of East Carolina won a three-golfer playoff against Dryburgh and Felicia Espericueta of SMU to claim individual medalist honors. The three golfers finished the 54-hole, par-72 6,162-yard course with identical 220 scores.