March 23, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The 24th-ranked Tulane golf team didn't register the round it was hoping today, but the Green Wave did just enough to remain in second place at the LSU Golf Classic with a 14-over 302 total following second round action at the University Club in Baton Rouge.
Sunday's finale round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and the Green Wave will join golfers from Arkansas and LSU and tee off from the first hole.
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras was tied for the lead heading into the second round but fired a 2-over 74 today and dropped to fifth place. However, Porras and two other golfers are just one stroke off the leaders heading into the final round.
Freshman Emily Penttila rebounded from a tough opening round with a 3-over 75 today and moved up to 24th spot. Penttila's round was the second best by a Wave golfer today.
Rookie Madison Opfer went to the clubhouse with a 6-over 78 and is tied with Penttila for 24th place.
"Today was definitely not our best round but we are still in second place," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We gave away a lot of shots on holes 13-15. I think we were 10-over as a team during that stretch, but other than that I thought everyone played well. We are 10 shots back of the leader heading into the final round so we just need to go out and play a solid round of golf and play to win the tournament. We need to stay patient and limit our mistakes."
Arkansas, the first round leader, maintained its hold on the top spot and enters Sunday's finale holding a 10-stroke lead over Tulane and LSU. Tennessee is in fourth place while North Carolina State rounds out the top five teams in fifth place.
The individual race features a log jam with four players tied for the top spot, including LSU's Lindsay Gahm, Tennessee's Erica Popson, Ole Miss' Erika Schneider and Arkansas' Emily Tubert.
2 Tulane 298-302=600 (+24) T5 Maribel Lopez Porras 71-74=145 (+1) T24 Emily Penttila 77-75=152 (+8) T24 Madison Opfer 74-78=152 (+8) T32 Gemma Dryburgh 76-77=153 (+9) T36 Silvia Garces 78-76=154 (+10)
1. Arkansas (+14), T2. Tulane (+24), T2. LSU (+24), 4. Tennessee (+26), 5. North Carolina State (+27), 6. TCU (+28), T7. Georgia (+32), T7. Florida State (+32), 9. Kentucky (+39), 10. Ole Miss (+40), 11. Wake Forest (+42), 12. Missouri (+48), 13. ULM (+66), 14. UNC Wilmington (+88)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
T1. Lindsay Gahm, LSU (E), T1. Erica Popson, Tennessee (E), T1. Erika Schneider, Ole Miss (E), T1. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (E), T5. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane (+1), T5. Jessica Negron, Florida State (+1), T5. Sanna Nuutinen, TCU (+1), T5. Kailey Walsh, Georgia (+1), 9. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU (+2), T10. Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas (+3), T10. Ana Menendez, North Carolina State (+3), T10. A.J. Newell, Tennessee (+3)