Junior Gemma Dryburgh finished even during today's second round and sits in eighth place entering the final round.
May 9, 2014
Tulane enters Saturday's final round with a trip to the national championships on the line. The Green Wave will join golfers from Vanderbilt and Duke and the groups will begin from the first tee at 7:51 a.m. CT. Live stats for the final round are available at www.GolfStat.com.
The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 20-23, at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., and will be co-hosted by the University of Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission.
Today, Tulane was part of the afternoon contingent and began the day from the first tee. Things were going well for the Green Wave for the first half of the opening nine holes, but four of TU's five golfers stumbled on the final two holes and the back nine was not much friendlier.
"We got off to a pretty good start today and everything seemed to be going well early," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "The conditions were a little bit tougher today with a steady wind for most of the afternoon. We hit a few bumpy spots making the turn and made a few more mistakes on the back nine. But, we are in the position we need to be. We are tied for third behind two of the best teams in the country and we look forward to playing with them tomorrow and closing out the round on a strong note."
"I'm was really happy to see Belen bounce back from her round yesterday and shoot our low round today and I thought Gemma played well also. We need to stick to our game plan and continue to give ourselves some birdie opportunities and limit our mistakes," Don added.
Freshman Belen Goicoechea was the team's second round leader with a 1-under 71 on the day. She picked up three bogeys during her round, but came up with four birdies to lead the Wave and jump up to 38th place.
Gemma Dryburgh was even before suffering through a pair of bogeys to end the first nine holes at 2-over. However, the seasoned junior responded with an eagle on the 10th hole to drop back to even to finish the day and move up the leaderboard into eighth place.
Tulane's first round leader, sophomore Emily Penttila, could not find her groove today and was forced to enter the clubhouse with a 6-over 78 and fell to 15th place.
Vanderbilt held on to the overall lead and holds a five-stroke lead over second place Duke, while South Carolina and Tulane are third and Virginia rounds out the top five teams.
Individually, Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse is the overall leader after two rounds with a 5-under 139 total.
T3 Tulane 280-294=574 (-2) T8 Gemma Dryburgh 70-72=142 (-2) T15 Emily Penttila 65-78=143 (-1) T38 Belen Goicoechea 76-71=147 (+3) T47 Silvia Garces 73-75=148 (+4) T47 Madison Opfer 72-76=148 (+4)
1. Vanderbilt (-10), 2. Duke (-4), T3. Tulane (-2), T3. South Carolina (-2), 5. Virginia (-1), 6. Stanford (+1), 7. North Carolina State (+4), 8. Campbell (+5), 9. Florida State (+9), 10. Pepperdine (+11), 11. UCF (+12), 12. Texas State (+12), 13. East Tennessee State (+13), 14. East Carolina (+16), T15. Georgia (+18), T15. Auburn (+18), 17. Louisville (+20), 18. Baylor (+21), 19. Kentucky (+23), 20. Seton Hall (+27), 21. Troy (+28), 22. College of Charleston (+31), 23. Murray State (+47), 24. Alabama State (+53)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford (-5), T2. Celine Boutier, Duke (-4), T2. Sandy Choi, Duke (-4), T4. Matilda Castren, Florida State (-3), T4. Simin Feng, Vanderbilt (-3), T4. Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt (-3), T4. Grace Na, Pepperdine (-3), T8. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane, T8. Lauren Coughlin, Virginia (-2), T8. Irina Gabasa, Vanderbilt (-2), T8. Augusta James, North Carolina State (-2), T8. Maty Monzingo, Texas State (-2), T8. Kaew Preamchuen, Kennesaw State (-2), T8. Tahnia Ravnjak, Campbell (-2)