Final Results (PDF)
TULSA, Okla. - CSUN senior Clariss Guce closed with two over-par 72 in the final round of the NCAA Championship on Friday, her best 18 hole total over four rounds at Tulsa Country Club.
Guce, playing in her first national championship tournament and the first for a Matador women's golfer in 10 years, finished in the upper half of the leaderboard as she tied for 57th-place at 14-over 294. A total of 126 players competed in the four-day, 72-hole championship.
"This tournament is the biggest stage that I've played on in college golf," said Guce. "I didn't play great but I learned more about myself than in any other tournament I've played. Other than the physical parts of my game that I realize I need to work on, this tournament made me realize how I've become mentally tougher compared to recent years."
The senior from Artesia, Calif., opened the final round on the 10th hole Friday morning and bogeyed the par-five 12th before getting back to even-par with a birdie on the par-five 16th. Pars at 17 and 18 sent Guce to her final nine holes at even-par.
Bogeys on the first and second holes dropped her to two-over before consecutive birdies at No. 3 and No. 4 got her back to even. Guce remained even through six holes before bogeys on two of the final three holes completed her round at two-over 72 for the day and 14-over 294 for the championship.
"My overall experience was good and even when I'm not playing the way I want to I continue to play with what I have and try to score with what I have," added Guce. "I think that will help me down the road."
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