Freshman Belen Goicoechea finished even par during this afternoon's final round to notch the lowest round by a Green Wave golfer at the 54-hole event.
March 22, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 33rd-ranked Tulane golf team moved up two spots during the final 36 holes of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic to post a sixth-place finish with a 43-over 907 total at The University Club in Baton Rouge.
With impending inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday, the 2014 event was shortened to just two days and the 15-team field labored through 36 holes today to complete the 54-hole tournament. The Green Wave turned in its best round this morning with an 11-over 299 total, and then produced a 12-over 300 total in the final round during the late afternoon.
TU sophomore Silvia Garces collected a 17th place finish with a 10-over 226 and turned in the team's low round this morning with a 1-over 73. Sophomore Madison Opfer was 20th with an 11-over 227, while junior Gemma Dryburgh and freshman Belen Goicoechea each tied for 33rd place with 14-over 230s. Goicoechea posted TU's lowest round of the event with an even par effort during this afternoon's final round.
"We played two rounds today that were decent on this golf course, but we made too many mental mistakes during the final round that really cost us in the final standings," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We did a much better job today handling the conditions of the golf course that we did on Friday, but our mistakes really hurt us. This is a very difficult golf course and it really exposed some weaknesses, but each one of our players came away with aspects of their game they really need to work on. We will get back to work on Monday. We are very close as a team, but we are just not putting it together and that is what we need to focus on."
Arkansas earned the repeat as tournament champions for the second straight season. The Lady Razorbacks logged an 18-over 882 total and topped second place UCF by eight strokes. Kentucky finished third, while host LSU was fourth and Purdue was fifth.
Arkansas's Gaby Lopez took home individual medalist honors following a three-way play-off against LSU's Madelene Sagstrom and UCF's Ashley Holder with a par 4 on the first extra hole of sudden death.
The Green Wave returns to action at the Bancorp South Rebel Intercollegiate, hosted by Ole Miss, April 4-6, at the Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford, Miss.
6 Tulane 308-299-300=907 (+43) T17 Silvia Garces 79-73-74=226 (+10) T20 Madison Opfer 76-74-77=227 (+11) T33 Gemma Dryburgh 76-75-79=230 (+14) T33 Belen Goicoechea 81-77-72=230 (+14) T41 Emily Penttila 77-78-77=232 (+16) T76 *Olivia Winning 91-80-81=252 (+36) *played as an individual
1. Arkansas (+18), 2. UCF (+26), 3. Kentucky (+35), 4. LSU (+41), 5. Purdue (+42), 6. Tulane (+43), 7. UTSA (+45), 8. Baylor (+49), 9. Denver (+51), 10. SMU (+53), 11. Notre Dame (+55), 12. Missouri (+67), 13. TCU (+68), 14. UNC-Wilmington (+74)), 15. ULM (+85)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
*T1. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas (-3), T1. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU (-3), T1. Ashley Holder, UCF (-3), 4. Aurora Kan, Purdue (+1), T5. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (+2), T5. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (+2), 7. Haley Mills, Kentucky (+4), T8. Sanna Nuutinen, TCU (+5), T8. Alison Knowles, ULM (+5), T8. Elysa Smidinger, Denver (+5), T8. Taylor Newlin, UTSA (+5)