Feb. 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The weather was far from perfect for today's opening round of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, but it was good enough Tulane as the 31st-ranked Green Wave tied the tournament record for the lowest round with a 6-under 282 total to take the top spot at the English Turn Golf & Country Club.
With inclement weather forecasted to move into the area overnight, Monday's second round will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and live stats for each round are available at www.GolfStat.com.
Tulane's effort on Sunday was fueled by a pair of record setting performances by freshman Emily Penttila and sophomore Gemma Dryburgh, as the duo combined for a 9-under total. Penttila set her career mark for the lowest round with a 5-under 67 and sits atop the individual leaderboard, while Dryburgh is tied for second after she fired a career-low 4-under 68.
Tulane tied USC's 6-under total recorded during the final round of the 2011 Championship and leads No. 2 Duke and No. 25 UCLA by one stroke heading into Monday's second round. Defending national champion and No. 4 Alabama sits three strokes back in fourth place, while No. 5 Florida rounds out the top five squads at 4-under.
"I thought everyone played great today and contributed to our 6-under par effort," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "I know our golfers really enjoyed playing with second-ranked Duke and Alabama, the defending national champions. Those are two outstanding programs and it was great to compete against those schools today.
"The conditions were tough starting out and the wind picked up and the temperature dropped during the last five to six holes, but Emily and Gemma played really well from start to finish and they helped us tremendously. This was a total team effort and we are looking forward to Monday."
Penttila suffered just one miscue on a very wet course. She started on the front nine and was forced to settle for a bogey on the par-5, second hole, but she quickly rebounded with three consecutive birdies on holes 4-6 and then registered three more birds on the back nine.
"My start today was a little iffy, but after a bogey on the second hole I was determined to make more birdies by hitting the ball closer to the hole and give myself opportunities," Penttila said. "I stayed patient for the round and made my putts. What really helped was the game plan we had for today, which was for about every possible condition we might see. The wind was coming from the northeast today so I just followed the plan we made for that scenario."
Dryburgh was guilty of a bogey on her first hole and she responded with birdies on three of her next five holes. She then collected two more birdies, including her fifth on her final hole, which led to her record day.
Freshman Silvia Garces was another constant during today's round. Garces carded a 1-over 73 and sits in 31st place, while senior Maribel Lopez Porras registered a 2-over 74 and sits in 41st place. Freshman Madison Opfer went to the clubhouse with a 3-over 75.
"Heading into the second round, we have a great game plan for our team. Our golfers know exactly where to hit the ball on the green and the best places to putt from are. The weather will probably be brutal tomorrow so we just need to prepare ourselves for a tough day and be able to make adjustments on the fly, and I believe these five young ladies are ready for it," Pratt said.
1. Tulane 282 (-6) 1. Emily Penttila 67 (-5) T2. Gemma Dryburgh 68 (-4) T31 Silvia Garces 73 (+1) T41 Maribel Lopez Porras 74 (+2) T54 Madison Opfer 75 (+3)
1. Tulane (-6), T2. Duke (-5), T2. UCLA (-5), 4. Alabama (-3), 5. Florida (-2), 6. USC (-1), 7. Baylor (+2), 8. LSU (+3), T9. Texas (+6), T9. Oklahoma State (+6), 11. Purdue (+7), 12. Texas A&M (+8), T13. Oregon (+10), T13. UTSA (+10), 15. Ohio State (+11), 16. Auburn (+14), 17. Colorado (+15), 18. Tulsa (+18)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-5), T2. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (-4), T2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-4), T4. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas (-3), T4. Lee Lopez, UCLA (-3), T4. Camilla Hedberg, Florida (-3), T7. Tiffany Lua, UCLA (-2), T7. Isabelle Lendl, Florida (-2), T7. Lindy Duncan, Duke (-2) T7. Amy Meier, Ohio State (-2), T7. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama (-2), T7. Sophia Popov, USC (-2), T7 Taylor Newlin, UTSA (-2), T7. Celine Boutier, Duke (-2)