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Tulsa Captures 2021 Women’s Golf Championship, East Carolina’s Dorthea Forbrigd Is The Solo Medalist

04.20.21

PINEHURST, N.C. – Tulsa capped off a wire-to-wire victory on Tuesday at the 2021 American Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship, carding a final-round score of 6-over-par 294 to thwart a three-peat bid from Houston. The Golden Hurricane posted a three-day total of 888 (293-301-294) to capture the American Championship on the grounds of Pinehurst No. 6.
 
It was the 13th conference championship victory for Tulsa all-time and its first as a member of The American. The Golden Hurricane will represent the conference as its automatic NCAA Regional qualifier, reaching the NCAA tournament for the 18th time since 1993.
 
Lorena Tseng finished just one stroke off the individual medalist race, carding a final round 2-under-par 70 to close the tournament at even par for the weekend (72-74-70=216) as the solo runner-up. Lilly Thomas tied for 13th place at 224 (74-75-75=224, +8), while Taylor Dobson checked in with a share of 16th place (72-78-75=225, +9). Tita Loudtragulngam tied for 19th place at 228 (80-74-74, +10), and Haley Greb was tied for 28th at 232 (75-82-75, +16) for conference champion Tulsa.
 
Two-time defending champion Houston posted the best team round of the tournament with a 4-over 292 on Tuesday, gaining two spots on the leaderboard to finish in second place at 891 (296-303-292, +27). Karen Fredgaard turned in a sparking bogey-free round of 5-under 67, the lowest by any player in the tournament, for solo third place at 218 (75-76-67, +2). Teammate Zoe Slaughter was solo seventh place with a score of 221 (74-72-75, +5), followed by Anne Normann in a tie for 16th place at 225 (72-78-75, +9). Maria Jose Martinez (75-77-78=230) and Ariana Saenz (81-79-75, 235) rounded out the Houston lineup in a tie for 25th place and 33rd place, respectively.
 
East Carolina fell slightly off the pace as the second round co-leader but checked in solo third place with a team score of 894 (298-296-300, +30). Dorthea Forbrigd became the second ECU golfer to secure tournament medalist honors (Frida Gustafsson Sprang, 2016) as the only player in the field to finish the weekend under par, carding rounds of 71-72-72 to defeat Tseng by one shot at 1-under 215. Julie Boysen Hillestad tied for fourth place at 4-over 220 (74-72-74) to help bolster the Pirate lineup.
 
UCF, the tournament co-leader with Tulsa after round one, placed fourth on its own with a three-day total of 897 (293-302-302, +33). Tunrada Piddon was the top Knight finisher in her first American Championship, carding rounds of 74-74-72 to share fourth place at 220 (+4). Camille Banzet checked in tied for 13th with scores of 73-75-76=224 (+8) for UCF.
 
SMU closed out the tournament in the top five after climbing one spot in the final round to post a score of 898 (302-303-293, +34). Kennedy Pedigo (77-72-74) and Serena Shah (75-74-74) tied for ninth place overall with a cumulative score of 223 (+7).
 
2021 American Women’s Golf Championship
 
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Tulsa - 888 (293-301-294, +24)
2. Houston - 891 (296-303-292, +27)
3. East Carolina - 894 (298-296-300, +30)
4. UCF - 897 (293-302-302, +33)
5. SMU - 898 (302-303-293, +34)
6. USF - 905 (301-303-301, +41)
7. Memphis - 910 (303-307-300, +46)
8. Tulane - 912 (306-304-302, +48)
9. Cincinnati - 948 (326-312-310, +84)
10. Wichita State - 966 (323-324-319, +102)

TOP-10 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
1. Dorthea Forbrigd, East Carolina - 215 (71-72-72, -1)
2. Lorena Tseng, Tulsa - 216 (72-74-70, E)
3. Karen Fredgaard, Houston - 218 (75-76-67, +2)
T4. Tunrada Piddon, UCF - 220 (74-74-72, +4)
T4. Julie Boysen Hillestad, East Carolina - 220 (74-72-74, +4)
T4. Melanie Green, USF - 220 (72-73-75, +4)
7. Zoe Slaughter, Houston - 221 (74-72-75, +5)
8. Abby Hermann, Memphis - 222 (71-75-76, +6)
T9. Victoria England, Memphis - 223 (73-79-71, +7)
T9. Jennifer Rosenberg, Tulane - 223 (76-74-73, +7)
T9. Kennedy Pedigo, SMU - 223 (77-72-74, +7)
T9. Serena Shah, SMU - 223 (75-74-74, +7)