Junior Gemma Dryburgh carded an even-par round today and sits three strokes off the lead at the 2014 C-USA Championships.
April 22, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 30th (Golfweek) ranked golf team combined for a 3-over 291 total and held on to the top spot on the leaderboard following the second round of the 2014 Conference USA Women's Golf Championship at the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Wednesday's final round will begin with golfers from the top teams-- Tulane, UTSA and Old Dominion-- starting from the first tee box at 8:40 a.m. Live results are available at www.GolfStat.com.
Tulane added one stroke to its first round lead and now holds a 6-stroke advantage over second-place UTSA, while Old Dominion tied the Green Wave for the best round of the day and moved into third place. FIU is fourth and Middle Tennessee dropped from third to fifth place after 36 holes.
Four of the Green Wave's five golfers remain among the top 10 golfers in the field, including junior Gemma Dryburgh, who fired an even-par round and sits in second place, and sophomore Emily Penttila, carded a 1-over 73 and is one stroke back of Dryburgh in third place. Dryburgh is three strokes off the individual leader, UTSA's Fabiola Arriaga.
Sophomore Silvia Garces shaved a stroke off of her first round total with a 2-under 74 today and moved into 21st place.
"We came out very solid for the second straight day and really had it going on the front nine," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "But we made mistakes on the back nine with three double bogeys that really hurt us, which was unfortunate because all five players were playing well to that point. I thought minus a few shots each of our golfers had a pretty good day. We just didn't capitalize on our opportunities and made three really bad mistakes."
"We need to come out focused tomorrow like we have the first two days and execute the shots. We have a very good plan for this golf course. You always want to be in the position of leading a tournament and have a chance to win your conference championship, and we have done that. We need to finish tomorrow on a strong note," Don added.
Tulane will be looking to capture its sixth C-USA crown on Wednesday, including its fourth in the last six years.
1 Tulane 281-291=572 (-4) 2 Gemma Dryburgh 68-72=140 (-4) 3 Emily Penttila 68-73=141 (-3) T6 Madison Opfer 72-73=145 (+1) T10 Belen Goicoechea 73-73=146 (+2) T21 Silvia Garces 75-74=149 (+5)
1. Tulane (-4), 2. UTSA (+2), 3. Old Dominion (+12), 4. FIU (+14), 5. Middle Tennessee (+15), 6. East Carolina (+16), 7. Southern Miss (+30), 8. Tulsa (+37), 9. UAB (+41), T10. Marshall (+43), T10. North Texas (+43), 12. UTEP (+44), 13. FAU (+59)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Fabiola Arriaga, UTSA (-7), 2. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (-4), 3. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-3), 4. Rachel Walker, Old Dominion (-2), 5. Camila Serrano, FIU (E), T6. Madison Opfer, Tulane (+1), T6. Taylor Newlin, UTSA (+1), T6. Camino Sardinero, UTEP (+1), T6. Devon Spriddle, Southern Miss (+1), T10. Belen Goicoechea, Tulane (+2), T10. Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina (+2), T10. Fanny Wolte, East Carolina (+2)