March 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 33rd-ranked golfers didn't have the start it anticipated today during the opening round of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, as the Green Wave combined for a 20-over 308 total and sits in eighth place at The University Club in Baton Rouge.
Due to an inclement weather forecast for Sunday's final round, the teams will play 36 holes on Saturday to complete the event. Tulane will join golfers from Baylor and Missouri and the entire field will tee off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Today, junior Gemma Dryburgh and sophomore Madison Opfer paced the Wave with a pair of 4-over 76s and sit tied for 17th place, while sophomore Emily Penttila fired a 5-over 77 and is 28th. Sophomore Silvia Garces carded a 7-over 79 and is 41st, while freshman Belen Goicoechea had a rough outing with a 9-over 81 and is 60th.
"The University Club played very difficult today and was faster today than during the practice rounds yesterday," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We had some really good moments out there today where we adjusted and made good decisions with our shots, but we just did not execute coming down the stretch like we needed to. We gave back too many shots today. Even though we didn't play our best today, we are only 11 strokes back of the leader with 36 holes to go. This team feels confident that we get some shots back and move up the leaderboard."
The Purdue Boilermakers emerged at the front of the team race with a two-stroke advantage over second place SMU, while Arkansas and Kentucky are tied for third place, and UCF rounds out the top five in fifth place.
Purdue's Aurora Kan holds down the top spot on the individual leaderboard with a one-stroke lead over second place golfers, Madelene Sagstrom of LSU and Elyse Smidinger from Denver.
8 Tulane 308 (+20) 17 Gemma Dryburgh 76 (+4) 17 Madison Opfer 76 (+4) 28 Emily Penttila 77 (+5) 41 Silvia Garces 79 (+7) 60 Belen Goicoechea 81 (+9) 83 *Olivia Winning 91 (+19) *played as an individual
1. Purdue (+9), 2. SMU (+11), T3. Arkansas (+14), T3. Kentucky (+14), 5. UCF (+15), 6. LSU (+16), 7. Baylor (+18), 8. Tulane (+20), 9. Missouri (+24), 10. UNC-Wilmington (+27), 11. UTSA (+28), 12. ULM (+29), T13. Denver (+30), T13. Notre Dame (+30), 15. TCU (+35)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Aurora Kan, Purdue (-1), T2. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU (E), T2. Elyse Smidinger, Denver (E), T4. Ashley Holder, UCF (+1), T4. Hayley Davis, Baylor (+1), T4. Elena Villamil, SMU (+1), T4. Haley Mills, Kentucky (+1), Emily Tubert, Arkansas (+1), T9. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas (+2), T9. August Kim, Purdue (+2), T9. Jennifer Park, SMU (+2), T9. Vinh Hoa Ngo, Purdue (+2), T9. Lori Beth Adams, UNCW (+2), Jenny Haglund, SMU (+2)