TULSA, Okla. (May 23, 2014) – During the past three years, junior Gabriella Wahl (Heidenheim, Germany) has led the ETSU women’s golf program to historic levels of success. And even on her last day as a collegiate player, she was still setting new standards of excellence.
Wahl – who earned her degree in just three years and will begin a professional career later this year – wrapped up play in the 2014 NCAA Championships at the Tulsa Country Club by carding a round of 5-over-par 75 on Friday, finishing tied for 50th at 13-over 293 (74-75-69-75) for the tournament.
Her tie for 50th bested former ETSU standout Nina Muehl (Vienna, Austria), who finished tied for 92nd in the 2010 NCAA Championships. Wahl and Muehl are the only two ETSU women’s golfers to ever compete at nationals.
“This tournament has been a great experience, and I’ve enjoyed every day here representing the Bucs,” Wahl said. “Even though it wasn’t the finish I was hoping for, it was a wonderful opportunity to compete against the best college golfers in the country.”
Wahl, who had climbed into a tie for 27th during the third round thanks to a 1-under-par 69 on Thursday, was unable to duplicate that same performance on the final day of the event. Her round on Friday included four bogeys and a double bogey, but she recovered to birdie the 16th hole of the day to gain some ground and ultimately finish 50th out of 126 players.
ETSU assistant coach Lauren Stratton – who is on the trip as ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton is on maternity leave – said Wahl’s efforts throughout her career, and in particular this season, will serve as motivation and inspiration for future Buccaneers.
“This week was great for Gabriella, but it also makes me even more excited for the future of this program at ETSU,” Stratton said. “Being on this stage will help her for her future in golf. The tournament didn’t end the way she wanted, but she had a great year where she made it to the big stage. That is something special and something a player always remembers.”
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