March 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 24th-ranked golfers overcame stiff winds and chilly conditions this morning to combine for a 24-over 309 total that was good enough for a runner-up finish and senior Maribel Lopez Porras fired a 4-over 76 and tied for second place during the final round of the LSU Golf Classic at the University Club in Baton Rouge.
The Green Wave notched its third runner-up finish of the year, and second out of three tournaments this spring, and has now posted a Top-5 finish in five of seven tournaments this year. Tulane also finished ahead of two teams ranked ahead of it, including No. 18 Georgia and No. 20 North Carolina State.
On a day where the strong, gusting winds were the main culprit behind many of the inflated scores, the Green Wave received a pair of 4-over 76s from Porras and freshman Emily Penttila and a 5-over 77 from freshman Madison Opfer. The duo of sophomore Gemma Dryburgh and freshman Silvia Garces were each victims of the conditions and went to the clubhouse with a pair of 8-over 80s. But the collective team effort kept the Wave in the hunt for the runner-up spot despite a late charge from host LSU.
Tulane, tournament winner Arkansas and Kentucky each tied for the second-best team rounds of the day, while Wake Forest, which finished tied for fifth, registered the best overall effort of the day with a 13-over 301.
Porras got off to a rough start and was 3-over through her first two holes, but a pair of birdies helped her complete the front nine at 2-over and she duplicated her score on the back nine to finish 4-over on the day.
Penttila, meanwhile, was 1-over at the turn and dropped back to even following a birdie at the 13th hole. However, the 14th hole proved to be perilous as she was forced to settle for a quadruple bogey that proved to be the difference in her round.
Penttila settled for 16th place, while Opfer was 23rd, Dryburgh was 33rd and Garces was 36th.
"Today was a tough day with the wind and was equally as hard as the final round of our golf tournament last month," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We didn't get off to a great start as a team today and Maribel struggled her first few holes but for her to fight like she did was huge. I thought everyone really hung in there today knowing the scores were going to be a little high because of the windy conditions. We knew we were going to have some bogeys and bad shots, so it came down to just hanging in there until the bitter end."
"This is a young team and we've already had three runner-up finishes this year and I believe putting yourselves in position to win is really going to help us in the future. We just need to get over the hump and I believe we will eventually," Pratt added.
The eighth-ranked Arkansas Lady Razorbacks led from wire-to-wire to claim the team title by 10 strokes over the Green Wave, while No. 30 LSU finished third, TCU was fourth and No. 18 Georgia and Wake Forest tied for fifth place to round out the top squads.
Arkansas' Emily Tubert captured individual medalist honors with a five stroke win over Porras and LSU's Madelene Sagstrom.
The Green Wave returns to action at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate, April 5-7, at the Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford, Miss.
2 Tulane 298-302-309=909 (+45) T2 Maribel Lopez Porras 71-74-76=221 (+5) T16 Emily Penttila 77-75-76=228 (+12) T23 Madison Opfer 74-78-77=229 (+13) T33 Gemma Dryburgh 76-77-80=233 (+17) T36 Silvia Garces 78-76-80=234 (+18)
1. Arkansas (+35), 2. Tulane (+45), 3. LSU (+48), 4. TCU (+52), T5. Georgia (+55), T5. Wake Forest (+55), 7. Tennessee (+57), 8. Kentucky (+60), 9. Florida State (+65), 10. North Carolina State (+66), 11. Missouri (+71), 12. Ole Miss (+77), 13. ULM (+102), 14. UNC Wilmington (+128)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (E), T2. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane (+5), T2. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU (+5), 4. Ericka Schneider, Ole Miss (+6), 5. Kailey Walsh, Georgia (+7), 6. Alexandra Bonetti, TCU (+8), T7. Ashleigh Albrecht, Kentucky (+9), T7. Emilie Burger, Georgia (+9), T7. Marissa Dodd, Wake Forest (+9), T7. Sanna Nuutinen, TCU (+9), T7. Erica Popson, Tennessee (+9)