Four Green Wave golfers among top 10 individuals; Rookie Siliva Garces leads TU with 1-under 71
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras is defending individual medalist
Freshman Silvia Garces leads Wave with 2-under 70; Opfer in 6th place
Freshman Madison Opfer ties school record for lowest round with 5-under 67
Green Wave has claimed team titles in two of last three appearances at Ole Miss tourney
Highlights from the final day of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
Andrew Pratt is in his second season as the head coach for Tulane's nationally renowned golf program in 2012-13. Pratt was named head coach on August 26, 2011, and became the fourth head coach in the 23-year history of the Tulane women's golf program.
Pratt's second year has turned into one of the finest seasons in the history of the program. The team won the Conference USA Championship, advanced to the NCAA East Regional, where it produced a second place finish, the highest in school history, and the Wave will make its fourth appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Tulane is currently ranked No. 14, has eight Top-5 finishes in 10 tournaments this season and is currently on pace to establish the school's single season stroke average for both the team and individually with senior Maribel Lopez Porras hovering close to the school record.
Three Green Wave golfers were named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week this season and two golfers have combined for three individual titles. A total of four golfers were named to the All-Conference USA first and second teams, including senior Maribel Lopez Porras and freshman Emily Penttila to the first team and sophomore Gemma Dryburgh and freshman Madison Opfer to the second team.
In the classroom, five Tulane golfers were named to both the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and to Tulane's 3.0 Club. His recruiting efforts were also recognized in December as Tulane was tabbed with the Top Freshman Class Making an Impact by Golfstat.com.
During Pratt's inaugural season with the Green Wave, he led the team to three top-5 finishes and six total top-10 showings. Along the way, Porras captured the 2012 C-USA individual title, was a member of the All C-USA Tournament team and was an All C-USA first team performer. The senior tandem of Ashley McKenney and Samantha Troyanovich joined Dryburgh on the All C-USA third team and Porras and Dryburgh were each tabbed to the All-Louisiana first team.
McKenney, Troyanovich and classmate Stephanie Wagstaff were honored with college golf's prestigious Kim Moore Spirit Award. The award is presented annually to a golfer or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges. Tulane's seniors are the first class to receive the award. Off the course, five golfers were named to both the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and to Tulane's 3.0 Club, and Wagstaff was selected as a 2011-12 All-America Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Pratt came to Tulane from the University of Tennessee, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach and helped the team to three straight NCAA Championship appearances and four regular season tournament titles.
During his final season at Tennessee, Pratt helped the Lady Vols to eight top-10 finishes, including a pair of tournament titles, and to the NCAA Championships, where the team finished 13th. Along the way, he also played an instrumental role in helping Eric Popson to first team All-America honors and Nathalie Mansson to honorable mention All-America accolades.
Pratt's first year in the coaching ranks at Tennessee was a tale of two seasons. The Lady Vols got off to a slow start in the fall and dropped to No. 72 in the Golfstat rankings in the fall, but under Pratt's tutelage the Lady Vols turned in an outstanding spring and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Tennessee turned in a 17th place finish and completed the season with a ranking of No. 20.
Before entering the coaching ranks at his alma mater, Pratt spent four years playing golf professionally on the Nationwide Tour and played collegiately at Tennessee from 1999-03.
During his career on the Nationwide Tour, Pratt had five top-10 finishes, including a runner-up performance at the 2005 Xerox Classic. He also was the 2004 and 2005 Tennessee State Open Champion, and the 2004 Tennessee State Amateur Champion. By winning the 2004 Tennessee State Open and State Amateur Championship, Pratt became only the third player in Tennessee golf history to capture both titles in the same year.
He also played in four consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) and the 2004 British Amateur Championship.
A four-year letterman at UT, Pratt competed at the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Championships, earned All-SEC Second Team honors in 2002 and was a three-time Academic All-American. In 2003, he led the Vols to a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships by firing a 211 (72-69-70) to place fourth individually.
A native of Bartlett, Tenn., Pratt received his bachelor's degree from UT in sports management in 2004.
Pratt is married to Sara Buff Pratt and the couple has two sons: Cooper (2) and Weston (born on May 2, 2013).
TULANE HIGHLIGHTS UNDER PRATT
One NCAA Championship Appearance (2013)
Two NCAA Regional Appearances (2013, 2012)
One Conference USA Title (2013)
12 Top-10 Finishes
11 Top-5 Finishes
2013 Conference USA Coach of the Year
13 All C-USA Honorees
Nine Academic All C-USA Golfers
One Kim Moore Spirit Award Winner (2012)