Feb. 24, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship finally got underway today with 36 holes and the 31st-ranked Tulane golf team combined for an 18-over 594 total and is in 11th place at the English Turn Golf & Country Club.
Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and the Green Wave will join golfers from Washington and Georgia.
Rain postponed Sunday's first round and forced the 17-team field to play two rounds on Monday. Tulane got off to a great start after the first 18 holes with a 3-over 291 total and was tied for sixth place. However, as the second round commenced, the Green Wave was not able to maintain its momentum and dropped into 11th place by the end of the afternoon.
Junior Gemma Dryburgh proved to be TU's most consistent player with a 1-over 145 on the day and is tied for 24th place.
Sophomore Emily Penttila fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Wave and tied her for second place in the opening round. However, she carded a 5-over 77 in the second frame and is tied for 37th.
Freshman Olivia Winning played as an individual and logged a 4-over 148 after finishing the first round 8-over, but shot a 2-under 70 in her second round.
"We came out and had a pretty solid first round and each of our players seemed to be playing in a zone," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We made a couple of mistakes early on, but in the second round we had moments where everyone seemed to have lapses in concentration and we had to count too many big numbers. Today's scoring conditions were optimal for the course and we didn't take advantage in the second round. I thought Gemma was solid and consistent all day and really had a good day."
"We were up and down today as a team from the first to the second round," Dryburgh said. "Today was pretty steady for me. We just need to stay patient tomorrow and play one hole out a time."
Second-ranked UCLA leads top-ranked USC by four strokes heading into Tuesday's finale, while 18th-ranked Florida is third, 12th-ranked Oklahoma State is fourth and ninth-ranked Alabama is fifth. UCLA trailed Florida by two strokes after the first round, but set a single-round record with an 11-under 277 total to overtake the Gators.
"The team did a great job today," UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth said. "We have worked very hard on our fitness as a team and I think that made a big difference for us today with 36 holes. I think getting more comfortable with the golf course really helped. We played the practice round, had a gap yesterday with the weather and maybe started off a little unsure in the first round, but as the course dried up we gained a comfort level with the pin positions and were able to start making our putts."
Individually, UCLA's Erynne Lee looked to be running off with the individual title, shooting a 6-under 66 in the second round. However, Denver's Tonje Daffinrud used a hole-in-one on the par-3, third hole to catapult her way to the top of the leaderboard. Daffinrud threw in a pair of birdies to finish with 5-under score for the day. Both golfers are tied for the lead at 7-under.
11 Tulane 291-303=594 (+18) T24 Gemma Dryburgh 72-73=145 (+1) T37 Emily Penttila 70-77=147 (+3) T51 Madison Opfer 74-75=149 (+5) T71 Belen Goicoechea 75-78=153 (+9) 90 Silvia Garces 77-D *T44 Olivia Winning 78-70=148 (+4) *playing as an individual
1. UCLA (-14), 2. USC (-10), 3. Florida (-4), T4. Oklahoma State (+1), T4. Alabama (+1), 6. Clemson (+3), 7. Denver (+5), 8. LSU (+8), 9. Auburn (+11), 10. Washington (+12), 11. Tulane (+18), T12. Georgia (+20), T12. Ole Miss (+20), 14. Baylor (+21), 15. Mississippi State (+22), 16. UTSA (+23), 17. Texas (+25)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
T1. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (-7), T1. Erynne Lee, UCLA (-7), T3. Alison Lee, UCLA (-4), T3. Jayde Panos, Oklahoma State (-4), T3. Marta Sanz, Auburn (-4), T6. Sophia Popov, USC (-3), T6. Sloan Shanahan, Clemson (-3), T6. Maria Torres, Florida (-3), T9. Daniela Lendl, Alabama (-2), T9. Annie Park, USC (-2), T9. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU (-2)