May 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane junior Maribel Lopez Porras and freshman Gemma Dryburgh each combined for an even-par effort and the 35th-ranked Green Wave carded a 10-over 298 total and sits in seventh place following the opening round of the 2012 NCAA East Regional at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Penn.
Tulane will once again be paired with golfers from Washington and Texas during Friday's second round and those groups will begin teeing off from the first tee at 10:50 a.m. CST. The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships.
The Wave began today's opening round from the 10th tee box in the morning group. TU got off to a strong start and was 2-over as a team at the turn. As the morning wore on, windy conditions began to plague the field and played a big part in Tulane's 8-over effort during the final nine holes.
Porras and Dyrburgh are each tied for sixth place, while senior Ashley McKenney and Stephanie Wagstaff each fired a 5-over 77 and sit in 59th place, and senior Samantha Troyanovich went to the clubhouse with a 6-over 78 and is 72nd place.
"We got off to a great start today and being a top-12 seed really helped us because we started and finished early and the second wave had to play in windy conditions which made for some high scores," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "Maribel and Gemma were huge for us today and I look for our seniors to really step up and play well on Friday. This is a really good golf course for us and we just need to play our game tomorrow and everything else will take care of itself. I'm very proud of their effort today."
No. 25 South Carolina took the early lead on the leaderboard and is four strokes ahead of second place and No.2 Alabama. No. 15 Florida is in third place. Although Tulane is in seventh place, the Wave will begin the second round sitting just two strokes behind fourth-place teams No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 29 Washington and No. 32 Texas.
In the individual race, Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova fired a 5-under 67 and is one stroke ahead of Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy.
Live results from each round are available at www.Golfstat.com.
3 Tulane 298 (+10) T6 Maribel Lopez Porras 72 (E) T6 Gemma Dryburgh 72 (E) T59 Ashley McKenney 77 (+5) T59 Stephanie Wagstaff 77 (+5) T72 Samantha Troyanovich 78 (+6)
1. South Carolina (E), 2. Alabama (+4), 3. Florida (+6), T4. Washington (+8), T4. Texas (+8), T4. Texas A&M (+8), 7. Tulane (+10), 8. Oklahoma State (+11), 9. Michigan State (+12), 10. UCF (+13), T11. Duke (+14), T11. Arizona (+14), T13. Maryland (+15), T13. Arizona State (+15), 15. Wake Forest (+16), 16. Northwestern (+17), 17. Kent State (+18), T18. San Diego State (+23), T18. Augusta State (+23), T18. Chattanooga (+23), 21. Campbell (+25), 22. Jacksonville State (+26), 23. Long Island (+36), 24. Oral Roberts (+39)
Individual Results (Top-10 Only):
1. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M (-5), 2. Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland (-4), 3. Justine Dreher, South Carolina (-2), T4. Kelli Bowers, Washington (-1), T4. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama (-1), 11 players tied for sixth place at even-par, including Tulane's Maribel Lopez Porras and Gemma Dryburgh