May 10, 2013
Auburn, Ala. - Tulane's 19th-ranked golf team not only maintained its second place standing during Friday's second round of the NCAA East Regional, but the Green Wave fired a 3-under 285 total and now sits alone behind first place Alabama at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
For the sixth straight tournament this spring, the Green Wave will play in the last group on the final day. Tulane will join Alabama and third-place Arkansas and the top squads will tee off from the first tee at 8 a.m. for Saturday's final round.
Today, the Green Wave opened the round on the 10th hole and combined for 10 birdies, 16 total on the day, and was 4-under at the turn. TU appeared to be in good shape with nine holes to play, but got off to a rough start on the front nine with three bogeys and a double bogey coming on the first three holes. But the Wave remained focused and stayed the course. The Wave combined for six birdies on the final six holes and three golfers concluded their round with birdies on the final hole.
"We played great on the back nine today and was 4-under at the turn, but we gave away five shots as soon as we made the turn," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "But we regrouped and finished strong. The girls combined for three birdies on the ninth hole and I thought every player really contributed and played well. That's the beauty of this game. You're only good as your four scores and we have five golfers that can shoot under par in any round."
"As we head into the final round, we have to continue to do the same things that we have all season long and that's not to look down the road. We need to worry about our tee shot off the first hole and that should be the only thing we are concerned about right now. Our goal at the beginning of the week was to be in the last group on the final day and we have now done that in six straight tournaments and that is pretty remarkable and a testament to the hard work of this team," Pratt added.
Madison Opfer had the hot hand for Tulane today as the precocious freshman carded a 3-under 69 and sits in a fourth place tie with a 5-under 139 total through 36 holes. Opfer was guilty of a bogey on the 14th hole, but responded with back-to-back birdies to drop to 1-under at the turn. She played error-free golf and added two more birdies to finish the day.
After posting an even-par first round, sophomore Gemma Dryburgh came up with a 2-under 70 today. She fell victim to a bogey on the 14th hole and then was forced to settle for a double bogey on the third hole. But she rebounded with three birdies on her final six holes and totaled five on the day. She is currently tied with freshman Emily Penttila for ninth place.
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras finished even for her second round. She finished with an even score on 16 of 18 holes and carded a birdie on the 16th hole. Her only miscue was a bogey on the second hole, which prevented her from finishing under par. She is now 1-over through 36 holes and sits in 22nd place.
Penttila, Thursday's first round leader for the Green Wave, was up-and-down during the second round, but managed to finish with a 2-over 74 and is 2-under through two rounds.
Freshman Silvia Garces darted out with a strong start and made the turn at 1-under, but she suffered several close calls with her putter, which resulted in three bogeys, and she went to the clubhouse with a 2-over 74 and is in 37th place.
Second-ranked and defending national champion Alabama continued to scorch the field today. The Crimson Tide entered the day at 11-over and doubled their total to 22 and leads the Green Wave by 14 strokes. No. 5 Arkansas is third, while No. 17 Oklahoma State is in fourth place and No. 23 Texas rounds out the top five teams.
On the individual leaderboard, Alabama's Stephanie Meadow, the nation's top-ranked golfer, fired a 6-under 67 and took over 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.
2 Tulane 283-285=568 (-5) T4 Madison Opfer 70-69=139 (-5) T9 Emily Penttila 68-74=142 (-2) T9 Gemma Dryburgh 72-70=142 (-2) T22 Maribel Lopez Porras 73-72=145 (+1) T37 Silvia Garces 73-74=147 (+3)
1. Alabama, (-18), T2. Tulane (-8), 3. Arkansas (-5), 4. Texas (+4), 5. Oklahoma State (+6), 6. North Carolina (+7), 7. Auburn (+7), 8. Tennessee (+10), 9. UCLA (+11), 10. Northwestern (+14), 11. Virginia (+19), 12. Notre Dame (+20), 13. Kentucky (+21), 14. East Tennessee State (+23), 15. East Carolina (+28), 16. FIU (+29), T17. Ole Miss (+31), T17. Chattanooga (+31), 19. Texas State (+32), 20. Penn State (+35), 21. UCF (+40), 22. James Madison (+45), 23. Eastern Kentucky (+77), 24. Alabama State (+91)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-10), T2. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama (-6), T2. Emma Talley, Alabama (-6), T4. Madison Opfer, Tulane (-5), T4. Kelly Shon, Princeton (-5), 6. Jackie Chang, North Carolina (-4), T7. Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa (-3), T7. Madison Pressel, Texas (-3), T9. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (-2), T9. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-2), T9. Emma Lavy, Arkansas (-2), T10. Diana Fernandez, Auburn (-2), T9. Erica Popson, Tennessee (-2), T9. Krista Puisite, Texas State (-2)