April 23, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The 20th-ranked Tulane golf team combined for a 7-over 295 total during Tuesday's second round of the 2013 Conference USA Championships and extended its lead to 12 strokes heading into Wednesday's finale at the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Tulane will once again join golfers from East Carolina and UCF during Wednesday's final round and the groups will begin teeing off from the first hole at 8:35 a.m. Fans can follow live scoring of each round at www.Golfstat.com.
TU freshman Madison Opfer registered the field's lowest individual round of the day with a 1-under 71 and jumped from eighth to first place. Opfer overcame three bogeys with four birdies and is tied with first round co-leader, Nico Engstroem Skaug of East Carolina.
"Today was a tough day with gusty winds blowing through the course, but Madison had an outstanding round and she was the only golfer to shoot under par today," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "Overall, I thought everyone played solid. Tomorrow, we're going to go out and go through our normal routine and look to build on our lead. We need to continue to play one shot at a time and control our emotions. Our golfers know what is on the line and I believe they will go out and play well tomorrow and get the job done. It should be an exciting and fun day."
Tulane entered the second round holding a slim two stroke lead over East Carolina. Despite shooting three strokes over its first round score, the Green Wave's effort on Tuesday was good enough to widen the margin and now leads the second place Pirates by 12 strokes. UCF (+26) is in third place, followed by SMU (+31) in fourth place and Tulsa (+38) rounds out the top five squads.
The Green Wave combined for the best team score of the day by 10 strokes and has four golfers listed among the top six individuals on the leaderboard.
Freshman Emily Penttila carded a 2-over 74 and sits on a tie for third place at 2-over through 36 holes, and is just one stroke off the leaders. Rookie Silvia Garces fired a 4-over 76 today and dropped from third to fifth place and is 3-over for the tournament but is just two strokes out of first place.
Sophomore Gemma Dryburgh equaled her first round score with an identical 2-over 74 today and is now 4-over for the event and tied for sixth place. Drybugh is just three strokes off the lead.
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras wasn't able to find her groove today and went to the clubhouse with a 5-over 77 and is tied for 18th place.
1 Tulane 291-295=586 (+10) T1 Madison Opfer 74-71=145 (+1) T3 Emily Penttila 72-74=146 (+2) 5 Silvia Garces 71-76=147 (+3) T6 Gemma Dryburgh 74-74=148 (+4) T18 Maribel Lopez Porras 75-77=152 (+8)
1. Tulane (+10), 2. East Carolina (+22), 3. UCF (+26), 4. SMU (+31), 5. Tulsa (+38), 6. UTEP (+44), 7. Memphis (+45), T8. Southern Miss (+46), T8. Old Dominion (+46), 10. UAB (+77), Marshall (+93)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
T1. Madison Opfer, Tulane (+1), T2. Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina (+1), T3. Emily Pentilla (+2), T3. F. Gustafsson Spang (+2), 5. Silvia Garces, Tulane (+3), T6. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (+4), T6. Antonia Von Wnuck, Tulane (+4), T8. Samantha Morrell, Old Dominion (+5), T8. Fanny Wolte, East Carolina (+5), T10. Robyn Doig, UCF (+6), T10. Monifa Sealy, UCF (+6)