May 8, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane sophomore sensation Emily Penttila put together the finest round in school history and set a course record with a 7-under 65 and the 31st-ranked (Golfweek) Tulane golf team combined for a 8-under 280 total to jump into second place following the opening round of the 2014 NCAA East Regional at the Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.
To say the Green Wave got off to a good start is an understatement. Tulane began this morning from the par-5, 498-yard 10th hole. Penttila quickly set the tone for the day on her opening hole. She chalked up an impressive eagle after finding the bottom of the cup on just her third shot from 80 yards out. Penttila then birdied three of her next four holes to drop to 5-under and seize the leaderboard. Her lone miscue of the round came on her 10th hole where she was forced to settle for a bogey.
But the precocious sophomore rebounded with three birdies on her final nine holes to close out the record-setting round. Penttila's 65 for the day is topped the school single round mark of 67 held by seven players. She will begin the second round with a two-stroke lead over second place, and the nation's sixth-ranked golfer, Celine Boutier of Duke.
"We came out focused and very ready to play today and got off to a very nice start," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "Emily played the best round in school history and set a course record today as well. Her start of 5-under after five holes was fun to watch and she played well the rest of the day. I thought our other players were very solid. We stuck to our game plan and gave ourselves a lot of birdie opportunities and we were able to make a few of them."
"We want to play three solid rounds and we were able to put a good round together today. We have two more days to go and that's what we are focused on. We need to continue to take advantage of our opportunities," Don said.
Along with Penttila, junior Gemma Dryburgh also finished under par with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 13th place. Dryburgh overcame a pair of back-to-back bogeys with four birdies on the day to remain just one stroke out of the top-10 players.
Sophomore Madison Opfer got off to a rocky start with four bogeys and just one birdie coming on her first nine holes and looked to be in trouble. However, Opfer settled in and chalked up four birdies against just one bogey on her back nine to right the ship to finish even for the day. She is tied for 28th place.
The Green Wave tied the school record for the second-best round with its 8-under total, just missing out on the record by two strokes.
The 13th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores dominated the first day with a combined 11-under 277 total to take the top spot on the team leaderboard and leads the Green Wave by three strokes. The 23rd-ranked Virginia Cavaliers are third at 5-under, while No. 3 Duke is in fourth place at 4-under and No. 30 North Carolina State rounds out the top five squads at 2-under.
Tulane golfers will once again join players from Kentucky and Florida State for the second round and the groups will begin the afternoon session from the first hole at 11:05 a.m. CST/12:05 p.m. EST.
2 Tulane 280 (-8) *1 Emily Penttila 65 (-7) T13 Gemma Dryburgh 70 (-2) T28 Madison Opfer 72 (E) T46 Silvia Garces 73 (+1) T87 Belen Goicoechea 76 (+4)
*Tulane, Southwood Golf Course single round low record
1. Vanderbilt (-11), 2. Tulane (-8), 3. Virginia (-5), 4. Duke (-4), 5. North Carolina State (-2), T6. Texas State (+1), T6. East Tennessee State (+1), T6. UCF (+1), T9. Pepperdine (+2), T9. Florida State (+2), T11. Campbell (+3), T11. South Carolina (+3), T11. Stanford (+3), 14. Auburn (+5), T15. Louisville (+7), T15. Kentucky (+7), 17. Troy (+9), T18. Baylor (+9), T18. East Carolina (+9), 20. Georgia (+10), 21. College of Charleston (+11), 22. Seton Hall (+14), 23. Murray State (+19), 24. Alabama State (+27)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-7), 2. Celine Boutier, Duke (-5), T3. Lori Beth Adams, UNC Wilmington (-4), T3. Simin Feng, Vanderbilt (-4), T3. Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt (-4), T3. Brittany Marchand, North Carolina State (-4), T3. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford (-4),T3. Gabriela Wahl, East Tennessee State (-4), T9. Matilda Castren, Florida State (-3), T9. Fanny Cnops, UCF (-3), T9. Augusta James, North Carolina State (-3), T9. Grace Na, Pepperdine (-3)