Clemson, S.C.—Annabelle Pancake finished sixth to lead Clemson to a fourth-place finish at the Tulane Classic. The fourth-place finish was the best for the Clemson team in its seven appearance at the event held at English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The entire tournament was held in difficult weather conditions as the average score for the 54 holes was 79.74. No player shot better than five-over-par for the 54 holes on the par 72 course, and there were only six under-par rounds among the 279 rounds played by the 93 players over the course of the tournament.
“Pretty disappointing finish today,” said head coach Kelley Hester. “The steady east wind made the course play totally differently than what we had seen. Annabelle [Pancake] had a solid individual finish and we played some good golf as a team but unfortunately we made too many mistakes.”
North Texas won the tournament with a score of 895, 31-over par, while 10th ranked Michigan was second at 903. Texas San Antonio was third at 911. Clemson and Texas State tied for fourth among the 17 teams with a 924 score.
Pancake had rounds of 77-74-75 for a 10-over-par score of 226 to finish tied for sixth. She had 10 birdies for the three rounds, to finish sixth in the field in that category. The Zionsville, Indiana native had four of those birdies in her final round. It was her first top 10 of the year and third of her young Clemson career.
Melena Barrientos, Clemson’s leader in stroke average in the fall with a 72.22 average, finished tied for 16th with a 230 score. The freshman from Plano, Texas battled back from an opening round 83, to score rounds of 72 and 75 over the last 36 holes. Here 34 on the front nine in the final round was the best nine-hole score of the week by any Tiger. Her 147 total for the final two rounds was the best by a Tiger. It was her third top 16 finish in four tournaments so far this year.
Callista Rice was third among Clemson golfers at the tournament with a 43rd place finish and 237 score. Her tournament featured a second round 74. Savannah Grewal finished 47th with a 238 total. She had an even par 72 in the second round her fifth round at par or better this year, and 16th of her career. Freshman Katherine Schuster finished 68th with a 246 score. Her best round was an opening 78.
Clemson finished fourth in the event without Ivy Shepherd in the lineup. Clemson’s second ranked player in school history in career stroke average missed the tournament with an injury.
Clemson returns to the course at the Florida State Matchup Feb. 25-27.
Tulane ClassicEnglish Turn Golf ClubNew Orleans, LouisianaFeb. 13-15, 2022
North Texas 895, 2. Michigan 903, 3. Texas San Antonio 911, 4. Clemson and Texas State 924, 6. Tulane 931, 7. Boston College 932, 8. SMU 934, 9. Southern Mississippi, 10. Charlotte 945, 11. Nebraska 949, 12. Memphis 951, 13. Iowa 952, 14. Tulane (B) and Rutgers 955, 16. UAB 979, 17. Wichita State 1003.