Feb. 12, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 30-ranked golf team started the 2013 spring campaign off on a strong note today by posting a second place finish in the season opener at the UCF Challenge with a combined 7-over 871 total, while freshman Emily Penttila led the Wave with a seventh place finish at the Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
Tulane shot a combined 2-over 290 for the day, the third-best round of the day, and was just one stroke shy of the top rounds of the day which came from North Carolina and Miami (289).
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras led the way for Tulane on the final day with a 1-under 71, while Penttila, freshmen Madison Opfer and sophomore Gemma Dryburgh each carded a 1-over 73, and freshman Silvia Garces shot a 6-over 78. TU combined for 15 birdies on the day.
Penttila completed the event at even-par (216) and logged the second-best finish of her young career, while her 54-hole total was the third-best effort of the year. Porras finished one stroke behind Penttila in 11th place with a 1-over 217, her second lowest 54-hole total of the season
Garces, who was 1-under entering today's round, finished 21st with a 5-over 221 effort, while Opfer finished in the 28th spot with a 6-over 222 and Dryburgh was 64th with a 14-over 230.
Dating back to the 2011 campaign, the Green Wave finished second for the second time in three seasons (2011) and was third a year ago, and Tulane tied its best finish of the season. The Green Wave also posted a second-place effort in the fall opener at the Old Waverly Bulldog Classic.
"I am very proud of the team and how they came out in the first tournament of the year and put together three solid rounds for a second place finish," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We gave a few shots away coming in today but I like the way we competed. We will get back to work on some of our shortcomings and get ready for our tournament at the end of the month. I thought everyone really contributed and I think this is a good start for our team and taking a step forward in becoming a top-10 team this season."
No. 9 North Carolina placed four of its five golfers in the top-10 to take home the team title with a 17-stroke win, while Virginia's Briana Mao claimed individual medalist honors with a one stroke victory over East Carolina's F. Gustafsson Spang.
The Green Wave returns to action when its hosts its own tournament, the third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Classic, February 24-26, at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans.
2 Tulane 288-293-290-871 (+7) T8 Emily Penttila 70-73-73-216 (E) 11 Maribel Lopez Porras 74-72-71-217 (+1) T21 Silvia Garces 71-72-78-221 (+5) T28 Madison Opfer 73-76-73-222 (+6) T64 Gemma Dryburgh 81-76-73-230 (+14)
1. North Carolina (-10), 2. Tulane (+6), 3. UCF (+7), 4. Miami (+13), 5. Virginia (+15), 6. East Carolina (+18), 7. South Carolina (+19), 8. Texas State (+25), 9. Augusta State (+26), 10. Ole Miss (+28), 11 Louisville (+37), 12. Coastal Carolina (+39), T13. Missouri (+42), T13. Kennesaw State (+42), 15. College of Charleston (+43), 16. South Florida (+48), 17. Georgia State (+59), 18. Oregon State (+64)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Briana Mao, Virginia (-4), 2. F. Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina (-3), T3. Elizabeth Mallett, North Carolina (-2), T3. Katherine Perry, North Carolina (-2), T5. Casey Grice, North Carolina (-1), T5. Krista Puisita, Texas State (-1), T5. Natalie Wille, Augusta State (-1), T8. Emily Penttila, Tulane (E), T8. Jackie Chang, North Carolina (E), T8. Brittany Henderson, Coastal Carolina (E)