Sophomore Emily Penttila led Tulane with a 3-over 219 for 32nd place finish.
Feb. 25, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 31st-ranked golf team saved its best round for the final day, as the Green Wave combined for a 4-under 284 total and a 10th place finish in the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship at the English Turn Golf & Country Club.
Today, four of Tulane's five players shot even or better, including sophomore Silvia Garces (-2), sophomore Madison Opfer (-1), freshmen Belen Goicoechea (-1) and sophomore Emily Penttila (E), while sophomore Gemma Dryburgh carded a 3-over 75. Freshman Olivia Winning played as an individual and also produced a 3-over 75 today.
Penttila completed the event as the Wave's top individual with a 3-over 219 for a 32nd place finish, while Dyrburgh and Opfer each posted a pair of 4-over 220s for 37th place and Goicoechea totaled an 8-over 224 for 58th place. Winning was 5-over with a 223 and finished in 53rd place.
"I was happy with our performance today," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We had a talk in the van before the round and just said `we need to come out focused, we need to come out determined.' We are on our home course and we obviously did not have a good second round, so we needed to see if we could rebound from that today and I think they did an excellent job. All five of them were in today's round. We talk about that often in college golf. If you can have all five players playing well it just sort of feeds through the line-up. And that's what we had today. Obviously Belen had a great round going at five-under and gave a few back but we showed some signs of, again, being a very good golf team."
"Unfortunately we had that one bad round in the second round that sort of cost us the chance at a very high finish in the tournament. We've been really touching on the consistency piece quite a bit here in the last month and it sort of showed up again. We're going to keep moving forward and keep working on it and hopefully by the time we get to conference, regionals and nationals they are going to be firing on all cylinders and we are going to be a great golf team," Don added.
"I played really solid today," Penttila said. "I didn't hit the ball as well as yesterday, but I stayed patient and hung in there and made a couple birdies coming in so that was good. The greens were soft and the course was in great shape considering the circumstances. I think as a team we were really determined out there today. We knew the job needed to get done and we all went out really focused and ready to play golf."
Second-ranked UCLA took home the team title after finishing as the runner-up a year ago. The Bruins 21-under 843 total is the team tournament record for a 54-holes. UCLA edged Pac-12 rival and top-ranked USC, the 2011 and 2013 champions, by six strokes. Florida was third, followed by Denver in fourth place and Clemson and Alabama each tied for fifth place.
"We putted quite well the last two rounds, starting out yesterday afternoon making some putts," UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth. "Our team usually hits it pretty well and we hit it pretty close. The thing is whether or not we can make our putts. We were able to do that the last two days and that was a big part of it today.
"With not knowing the conditions here with the amount of rain we were having and if we were going to be able to play each day, every shot become so important because you don't know how many holes you're going to be able to get in or how many rounds you're going to be able to complete. We were really in a mindset that we were going to go out and attack the course. We never had a bad lie because the conditions and the conditions they had to put into effect. Playing from the rough lies all the time, you have to make sure you can make your putts when you have to."
In the individual race, Auburn's Marta Sanz set the tournament 54-hole total individual record with an 8-under 208 to capture 2014 individual medalist honors after starting the day in third place. Denver's Tonje Daffinrud finished second with a 7-under 209.
"The day held on fine. I started parring the first few holes, but I knew I had to get back a few shots and started birdying and played really well," Sanz said. "I hit some really good shots onto the greens which gave me some birdie opportunities, and the putting was on fire. I learned from (the course) every day and tried not to make the same mistakes from the second round yesterday to today. Today, it was just simple golf.
"I think it's (the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship) one of the greatest tournaments before the postseason. The great teams from the West come and all the ACC teams are here. They do a great job of hosting it and I'm really proud to win with so many really good players here."
"This tournament is just a fantastic event with the support of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. To have a tournament like this at English Turn with the support of the golf club and the membership here, it's really a special opportunity. It's something that most teams don't get the chance to do, and it's something that we looked forward to this year and we'll look forward to for years to come," Don said.
Tulane will take a few weeks before returning to action at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, March 21-13, at The University Club in Baton Rouge.
10 Tulane 291-303-284=878 (+14) T32 Emily Penttila 70-77-72=219 (+3) T37 Gemma Dryburgh 72-73-75=220 (+4) T37 Madison Opfer 74-75-71=220 (+4) T58 Belen Goicoechea 75-78-71=224 (+8) 90 Silvia Garces 77-D-70=147 T53 *Olivia Winning 78-70-75=223 (+7)*played as an individual
1. UCLA (-21), 2. USC (-15), 3. Florida (-6), 4. Denver (+2), T5. Clemson (+4), T5. Alabama (+4), 7. Oklahoma State (+5), 8. LSU (+8), 9. Auburn (+9), 10. Tulane (+14), 11. Washington (+15), 12. Mississippi State (+21), 13. Baylor (+23), 14. Georgia (+27), T15. Ole Miss (+30), T15. Texas (+30), 17. UTSA (+34)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Marta Sanz, Auburn (-8), 2. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (-7), T3. Jayde Panos, Oklahoma State (-6), T3. Maria Torres, Florida (-6), T3. Alison Lee, UCLA (-6), T6. Erynne Lee, UCLA (-5), T6. Sloan Shanahan, Clemson (-5), T8. Daniela Lendl, Alabama (-4), T8. Kyung Kim, USC (-4), T8. Annie Park, USC (-4)