Feb. 10, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Spurred by subpar rounds from three of its five players, the Tulane golf team turned in one of the best overall scores during Monday's second round of the UCF Challenge with a 3-under 285 total and moved up three spots into 15th place at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
Tuesday's third and final round will once again begin with a shotgun start. Tulane players will join golfers from Campbell and fellow Conference USA member, East Carolina, and the groups will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CST.
It was a tale of two rounds for the Green Wave after yesterday's atypical 20-over score. Today, the sophomore trio of Silvia Garces, Madison Opfer and Emily Penttila each carded rounds under par. Garces and Opfer each fired a pair of 2-under 70s, while Penttila finished with a 1-under 71. Opfer and Penttila are each tied for 35th place, while Garces is 68th.
"After yesterday's wake-up call, the team came out much more focused today and got off to a much better start," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We didn't have the greatest start but the important aspect was that each player was in the round. The course doesn't have too many challenges and I thought we were a lot more patient today and we took advantage of the opportunities. It was fantastic to have three players under par. The consistency we have been striving for was much more indicative today. I thought it was a good round overall."
Host UCF maintained its top spot on the team leaderboard with a 3-under 285 total and now leads second place Miami (Fla.) by two strokes, while Iowa State is third, East Tennessee State is fourth and GRU Augusta rounds out the top five squads in fifth place.
Individually, first round leader Fanny Cnops shot a 2-under 70 and heads into Tuesday's final round with a one-stroke advantage over teammate Ashley Holder.
15 Tulane 308-285=593 (+17) T35 Emily Penttila 76-71=147 (+3) T35 Madison Opfer 77-70=147 (+3) T59 Gemma Dryburgh 75-74=149 (+5) T68 Silvia Garces 80-70=150 (+6) T89 Belen Goicoechea 81-74=155 (+11)
1. UCF (-9), 2. Miami (Fla.) (-7), 3. Iowa State (-3), 4. East Tennessee State (-2), 5. GRU Augusta (+3), 6. Kentucky (+4), 7. Minnesota (+6), T8. South Florida (+11), T8. SMU (+11), T10. Texas State (+12), T10. Georgia State (+12), 12. New Mexico (+13), 13. East Carolina (+14), 14. Campbell (+16), 15. Tulane (+17), 16. FIU (+19), 17. Wisconsin (+20), 18. Kennesaw State (+21), 19. Western Carolina (+30)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Fanny Cnops, UCF (-7), 2. Ashley Holder, UCF (-6), 3. Casey Kennedy, GRU Augusta (-5), T4. Sian Evans, East Tennessee State (-4), T4. Jenny Haglund, SMU (-4), T4. Leticia Ras-Anderica, Miami (Fla.) (-4), T7. Carmen Laguna, Minnesota (-3), T7. Mary Muchaly, UCF (-3), T9. Lora Assad, Texas State (-2), T9. Chonlada Chayanun, Iowa State (-2), T9. Daniela Darquea, Miami (Fla.) (-2), T9. Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee State (-2)