Green Wave advance to third straight NCAA Championship, fifth in last seven years
Senior Gemma Dryburgh finishes third, Junior Silvia Garces is fourth
Lorne Don is in his second season as the head women's golf coach for the Tulane Green Wave in 2014-15. Don was tabbed as the fifth head golf coach in the program's 25-year history on July 12, 2013.
Don, 34, brought 14 years of experience as a coach or player to the Green Wave program. He came to Tulane from Michigan State, where he spent 10 seasons as the assistant coach for the Spartans women's golf team.
In just his first season at Tulane, Don led a team featuring one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen to a 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA East Regionals, and became just the second coach in school history to lead the team to the national championship round during his rookie season.
The 2014 Conference USA and Louisiana Coach of the Year, Don guided also guided the team to the 2014 C-USA title by 10 strokes.
TU's line-up boasted five All C-USA players, including sophomore Emily Penttila, the 2014 C-USA and Louisiana Golfer of the Year and All-America Scholar, and all-league first team members Penttila and junior Gemma Dryburgh. Sophomores Madison Opfer and Silvia Garces were second team all-conference, while rookie Belen Goicoechea was tabbed to the All C-USA third team. Under Don's tutelage, Garces was also earned C-USA's Most Improved award, while Penttila, Dryburgh and Garces also earned All-Louisiana first team merits.
Green Wave golfers earned a pair of C-USA Golfer of the Week awards and posted eight Top-10 finishes, including four finishes among the Top-5 and one tournament title.
On the international scene, Don helped Dryburgh to elite status with her selection to the 2014 GB&I Curtis Team, becoming just the third Tulane player to participate in the prestigious Curtis Cup. Penttila played in Women's U.S. Open, while Opfer participated in U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. Dryburgh, Penttila were each selected to represent their respective home countries in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships.
In the classroom, three TU players were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
During his time in East Lansing, Don helped MSU to 19 tournament wins, six NCAA Championship appearances, 10 consecutive NCAA Regional berths and three Big Ten titles. Michigan State tied Tulane for ninth place at the 2013 NCAA Championships, which marked the Spartans highest finish at the national championships, and Don helped guide MSU to a school-best third-place effort at the 2004 NCAA Regionals. Michigan State never finished outside the top three teams in the Big Ten during his tenure.
Individually, he assisted in the recruitment and coaching of four golfers, who earned All-America honors a combined seven times, and 13 different golfers earned All-Big Ten Conference honors on 21 occasions. Two Spartan golfers achieved Big Ten Player of the Year honors and five golfers were tabbed the MSU Female Athlete of the Year.
Off the course, Don helped 21 golfers achieve National Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American status and five MSU golfers represented the school at the World University Games.
Along with his coaching duties at Michigan State, Don also directed two nationally competitive Division I golf tournaments, including the Mary Fossom Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.) and the Central District Invitational (Parrish, Fla.). He also played a role in hosting the 2007 Big Ten Championship was the annual co-director of the Spartan Golf Classic and Spartan Golf Camps.
Before he entered the coaching ranks, Don was a four-year member of the Spartan men's team from 1999-2003. He earned MSU's Best First-Year Player award in 1999-2000 and received MSU's Leadership Award during his senior campaign in 2002-03.
Prior to his arrival at MSU, Don was a four-year starter at Lawrence Park High School in Toronto, Ontario. Lawrence Park was undefeated all four years Don was a member, also winning the Toronto City Championship each year. Don won the individual city title in 1996 and 1997 and served as the team captain in 1997 and 1998. He also played hockey in high school, serving as the team captain as a senior.
In addition, he won the 1998 AGJA Canadian Junior title. He finished tied for eighth at the 1999 Western Junior Championship and placed third at the 1998 Ontario Golf Association Junior Tournament.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Don received his bachelor's degree in general management from Michigan State in May 2004.
Don and his wife, Erin, were married on July 5, 2008. The couple has twins, Carter and Rosalie, who were born on June 27, 2010.
THE LORNE DON FILE
Age: 34 (June 8, 1980)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Son: Carter (4)
Daughter: Rosalie (4)
Bachelor's degree in general management, Michigan State University, 2004
A member of the Michigan State University men's golf team from 1999-2003
As a Head Coach
Year School Conference Finish Postseason 2014 Tulane (1st) Conference USA (7th) NCAA Regional/(15th) NCAA Champs. Total 1 season 1 Conference Title 1 NCAA Regional/1 NCAA Champs. Appearance
As an Assistant Coach
Year School Conference Finish Postseason 2004 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (3rd) NCAA Regional/(24th) NCAA Champs. 2005 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (7th) NCAA Regional/(17th) NCAA Champs. 2006 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (9th) NCAA Regional 2007 Michigan State (1st) Big Ten (8th) NCAA Regional/(16th) NCAA Champs. 2008 Michigan State (2nd) Big Ten (11th) NCAA Regional 2009 Michigan State (2nd) Big Ten (5th) NCAA Regional/(t-13th) NCAA Champs. 2010 Michigan State (2nd) Big Ten (10th) NCAA Regional 2011 Michigan State (1st) Big Ten (11th) NCAA Regional 2012 Michigan State (1st) Big Ten (t-6th) NCAA Regional/(20th) NCAA Champs. 2013 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (8th) NCAA Regional/(t-9th) NCAA Champs. Total 10 seasons 3 Big Ten Titles 10 NCAA Regionals/6 NCAA Champs. Appearances
Caroline Powers, Michigan State (three-time All-America)
Laura Kueny, Michigan State (two-time All-America)
Sara Brown, Michigan State (All-America)
Allison Fouch, Michigan State (All-America)