Freshman Emily Penttila carded a 4-under 68 and is tied for fourth following the first round of the NCAA East Regional.
May 9, 2013
Emily Penttila and Madison Opfer each finished under par and rank among the Top-10 golfers following the first round at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
The Green Wave will once again join golfers from Texas and Notre Dame for Friday's second round and the groups will tee off from the 10th hole at 11:50 a.m.
Tulane combined for 20 birdies today and put together its second-best round of the season, and the effort was its fourth subpar round as a team this year. The Wave's top round this season is a 6-under 282 during the opening round of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Classic.
Individually, Penttila bogeyed her first hole, but caught fire with birdies coming on her next five straight holes, Nos. 3-7, to drop to 4-under and was 3-under at the turn following a bogey at nine. On the backside, Penttila overcame two bogeys with three more birdies to finish with eight birds on the day. She is tied for fourth place and is one stroke off the lead.
Opfer had the steady hand throughout her first round. She recorded one birdie and one bogey on the front nine to stay even at the turn and then recorded two more birdies on the back nine to finish 2-under and is tied for ninth place.
"The team played a solid round today and Emily and Madison's performances were huge for us, but all five of our golfers were in the game from start to finish," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "I am extremely proud of them but they know we have two more days to go. It's important that we stay with our routine and concentrate on the moment. This golf course is very scoreable, but if you get ahead of yourself it's easy to make a few bogeys, so it's important to stay focused. We're looking for another solid round tomorrow and keep our momentum rolling."
Sophomore Gemma Dryburgh got off to a rough start in her first round. She bogeyed three straight holes, Nos. 2, 5, 8, and was 3-over at the turn. However, the season vet heated up on the back nine with three consecutive birdies on holes 14-16 and finished the day at even par and tied for 21st place.
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras and freshman Silvia Garces each turned in quality rounds with identical 1-over 73s and are tied for 33rd. Both Porras and Garces just missed finishing even for the day. Porras entered her final hole with an even score, but was forced to settle for a bogey on 18.
Garces overcame three bogeys with three birdies during her round and, like Porras, entered her final hole all square for the day, but was also guilty of a bogey on 18.
Top seed and second-ranked Alabama gave the field a stark reminder on why it's the defending national champion during today's opening round. The Crimson Tide combined for an eye-popping 11-under 277 total and holds a six-stroke lead over Tulane and No. 5 Arkansas. No. 8 UCLA is fourth at even-par while No. 23 Texas rounds out the top five teams at 1-over.
On the individual leaderboard, Tennessee's 19th ranked Erica Popson, Alabama's 30th-ranked Emma Talley and Arkansas' 68th-ranked Emma Lavy each fired a 5-under 67 and are tied for the top spot.
Live scoring and results will be available each day on www.GolfStat.com. Fans can also check the official website of Tulane Athletics: www.TulaneGreenWave.com and Twitter (@GreenWaveWGolf) for daily recaps, while video and photos from the second and final round will also be available.
The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships. The 2013 NCAA National Championships will be held May 21-24 at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., and will be hosted by the University of Georgia.
T2 Tulane 283 (-5) T4 Emily Penttila 68 (-4) T9 Madison Opfer 70 (-2) T21 Gemma Dryburgh 72 (E) T33 Maribel Lopez Porras 73 (+1) T33 Silvia Garces 73 (+1)
1. Alabama, (-11), T2. Tulane (-5), T2. Arkansas (-5), 4. UCLA (E), 5. Texas (+1), T6. Oklahoma State (+2), T6. North Carolina (+2), T8. Northwestern (+4), T8. Notre Dame (+4), 10. Tennessee (+6), 11. East Tennessee State (+9), T12. Ole Miss (+11,), T12. Auburn (+11), 14. Virginia (+12), T15. Kentucky (+13), T15. East Carolina (+13), T15. Texas State (+13), 18. FIU (+16), 19. Chattanooga (+21), 20. Penn State (+22), 21. UCF (+24), 22. James Madison (+31), 23. Eastern Kentucky (+33), 24. Alabama State (+47)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
T1. Emma Lavy, Arkansas (-5), T1. Erica Popson, Tennessee (-5), T1. Emma Talley, Alabama (-5), T4. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-4), T4. Jackie Chang, North Carolina (-4), T4. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-4), T7. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas (-3), T7. Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa (-3), T9. Madison Opfer, Tulane (-2), T9. Hannah Collier, Alabama (-2), T9. Casey Grice, North Carolina (-2), T9. Madison Pressel, Texas (-2), T9. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State (-2)