May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The 35th-ranked Tulane golf team combined for 17-over 305 total during Friday's second round and dropped to 10th place at the 2012 NCAA East Regional at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Penn.
Tulane began the day in seventh place, but joined the afternoon field that had to endure windy conditions. Despite dropping three spots, the Green Wave is just four spots out of the top eight squads. The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships.
TU will begin the final round on Saturday paired with Campbell and Michigan State and the groups will start from the 10th tee box at 6:30 a.m. CST.
"Today was a tough day with the windy conditions, but it was windy for everyone and we just let too many shops slip away from us," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We gave a few shots away coming in. I thought Maribel and Gemma played a solid round even though neither player really had their best ball striking today. Samantha hung in there with a 76 and I know Ashley and Stephanie will rebound for us tomorrow.
"We have definitely dug ourselves a hole, but being four shots out of eighth place is doable for us. It also helps that we will tee off early and if we come out and play a great round we should give ourselves a chance for a top eight finish."
Junior Maribel Lopez Porras and freshman Gemma Dryburgh continue to pace the Wave, each firing a 3-over 75 today, and they now sit in a tie for 13th place. Senior Samantha Troyanovich carded a 4-over 76 and moved to 71st place, while the senior tandem of Ashley McKenney and Stephanie Wagstaff each finished with a 7-over 79 and are tied for 84th place.
South Carolina maintained its lead through the second round and holds a 7-stroke lead over second place and No. 2 Alabama. No. 15 Florida is third, followed by No. 12 Texas A&M in fourth place and No. 8 Duke is in fifth place.
Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova remains atop the leaderboard at 4-under through 36 holes and takes a three-stroke lead over South Carolina's duo of Katie Burnett and Justine Dreher.
Live results from each round are available at www.Golfstat.com.
T10 Tulane 298-306= 603 (+27) T13 Maribel Lopez Porras 72-75=147 (+3) T13 Gemma Dryburgh 72-75=147 (+3) T71 Samantha Troyanovich 78-76=154 (+10) T84 Ashley McKenney 77-79=156 (+12) T84 Stephanie Wagstaff 77-79=156 (+12)
1. South Carolina (+6), 2. Alabama (+13), 3. Florida (+15), 4. Texas A&M (+16), 5. Duke (+19), 6. Texas (+20), 7. Arizona (+22), 8. Washington (+23), 9. Arizona State (+25), T10. Tulane (+27), T10. Campbell (+27), 12. Michigan State (+28), T13. Oklahoma State (+31), T13. Augusta State (+31), T13. Kent State (+31), T16. UCF (+32), T16. Wake Forest (+32), T18. Maryland (+34), T18. San Diego State (+34), 20. Northwestern (+37), 21. Chattanooga (+41), 22. Jacksonville State (+42), 23. Oral Roberts (+66), Long Island (+69)
Individual Results (Top-10 Only):
1. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M (-4), T2. Katie Burnett, South Carolina (-1), T2. Justine Dreher, South Carolina (-1), T4. Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State (E), T4. Natalie Wille, Augusta State, T6. Lindy Duncan, Duke (+1), T6. Casey Kennedy, Augusta State (+1), T6. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama (+1), T6. Maria Juliana Loza, Chattanooga (+1), T10. Evan Jensen, Florida (+2), T10. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (+2), Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland (+2)