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
Student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better
Green Wave posts fourth straight Top-5 finish this spring
Freshman Silvia Garces leads Wave with 2-under 70; Opfer in 6th place
Tulane: A two-year letterwinner who has played in 66 rounds in 23 tournaments and sports a 74.86 (4941 strokes) career scoring average...has 11 career rounds of par or better, including a career-low 2-under total on three occasions, while her career low 54-hole total of 217 has come on two occasions...her score has counted toward the team total in 53 rounds...has three Top-5 finishes and six total Top-20 efforts.
In The NCAA Championships (2013, 2014): Has two NCAA Championship appearances, including 2013 (Athens, Ga.) and 2014 (Tulsa, Okla.)...in her second appearance, she fired a 15-over 295 for 67th place...in her first appearance in the NCAA Championships, she posted a 58th place finish with a 14-over 302 (74-75-75-78).
Sophomore (2013-14): Named to the All C-USA third team, the All-Louisiana first team and received the C-USA Most Improved Award...also named the C-USA Golfer of the Week on Sept. 25...played 33 rounds in 12 tournaments and posted a 73.76 scoring average, which tied for the fifth-best effort in a single season...finished par or lower in seven rounds, including a season-low 2-under 69 in the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships (par-71) and a 2-under 70 during the opening round of the Alamo Invitational (par 72)...her score has counted toward the team total 27 times...had one round in the 60s.
Fall of 2013: Played 11 rounds in four events and sported a 72.18 scoring average (794 strokes), which led the team...her 1-over 217 at both the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational and the Alamo Invitational are tied for her best 54-hole total of her career...has four Top-20 finishes, including the runner-up at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships.
Freshman (2012-13): Played 33 rounds in 11 tournaments and registered a 75.97 (2507 strokes) scoring average, which ranks fifth on the team...posted four rounds of par better, including a career low 2-under 70 during the second round of the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate...her score counted toward the team's score in 26 of 33 rounds...registered her lowest 54-hole score of her career with a 5-over 221 at the UCF Challenge and the Conference USA Championships...had one Top-5 finish and three Top-20 efforts...her best finish was fourth at the C-USA Championships, where she was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team...posted a 58th place finish with a 14-over 302 at the NCAA Championships.
Fall 2012: Played all 12 rounds in four tournaments and posted a 77.50 (930 strokes) scoring average...notched her best finish of the fall with an 18th-place showing at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational her first collegiate event.
High School/IMG Academy: A right-handed golfer, who attended Colegio Colombo Britanico Pendleton School and the IMG Academy as a senior...came to Tulane ranked 20th by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Polo Golf rankings and joined fellow signee Opfer on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour...posted three top-three finishes, including a first place showing in three outings at IMG Academy...won the Old Corkscrew tournament this past October and finished with a 74.00 average for six rounds...Garces claimed the 2009 AJGA Coca-Cola Junior All-Star Championship, the 2010 Torneo Selectivo al Camp. Suraamericano Juvenil and the Primera Parada Campeonato Nacional de Menores...also took second place at the 2010 XX Campeonato Internacional and posted a third-place effort at the 2011 Coumbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament.
Personal: A management major...born Silvia Margarita Garces on April 8, 1994, in Cali, Colombia...the daughter of Gonzalo Garces and Gloria Escalante... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane 3.0 Club as a freshman.
Silvia Garces' Career Statistics
Year Events Rds Strokes Avg. L18 L54 Best Finish 2012-13 11 33 2507 75.97 70 221 T4 (C-USA Champs.) 2013-14 12 33 2434 73.76 69 217 T2 (Mercedes-Benz Coll. Champs) Total 23 66 4941 74.86 69 217 T2 (Mercedes-Benz Coll. Champs)