May 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The 35th-ranked Tulane golf team combined for a 12-over 300 total today during the final round of the 2012 NCAA East Regional and saw its season come to an end today with a 12th place finish at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Penn.
Tulane came into today's round just four strokes out of contention for a berth into the NCAA national championships, but adversity reared its ugly head early in the round when junior Maribel Lopez Porras was forced to withdraw with back injury and the Wave wasn't able to cover for one of its top golfers.
Freshman Gemma Dryburgh put together one of the top tournaments of her rookie season, as she fired an even-par round today and matched her first round score. She completed the event with a 3-over 219 total for a 12th place finish. She missed qualifying for the national championships as an individual by one stroke.
Senior Samantha Troyanovich carded a 2-over 74 for her best round of the event and finished 12-over for 65th place. Senior Ashley McKenney also put together her best showing on the final day with a 3-over 75 and finished 15-over for 82nd place. TU's final senior, Stephanie Wagstaff, went to the clubhouse with a 7-over 79 and finished 19-over for 93rd place.
"Obviously we didn't play our best golf this week, but I thought Gemma put together one of her best tournaments of the year," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "She missed qualifying for nationals by just one stroke, so her future is very bright for us. Today was tough for our team with Maribel having to withdraw from the round. She had back problems after the first round, fought through the second round, but couldn't finish today's round. She should be fine and I expect her to come back and have a solid senior year. Overall, I really enjoyed coaching this group during my first season and I felt like they gave me and each other all they had.
"I am very proud of this team and our senior class of Stephanie Wagstaff, Samantha Troyanovich and Ashley McKenney. Their leadership over the last four years has been unbelievable for this program. They have left Tulane golf in perfect position to continue to build into a perennial national contender. This trio has done a lot for our athletics department and university and has been incredible ambassadors for our city."
South Carolina led from wire-to-wire and claimed the team title with a 5-stroke advantage over second place teams, No. 12 Texas A&M and No. 32 Texas. No. 2 Alabama and No. 15 Florida each tied for fourth place.
Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova led from start to finish and captured individual medalist honors with a two stroke win over Alabama's second place Jennifer Kirby.
12 Tulane 298-306-300= 903 (+39) T12 Gemma Dryburgh 72-75-72=219 (+3) T65 Samantha Troyanovich 78-76-74=228 (+12) 82 Ashley McKenney 77-79-75=231 (+15) T93 Stephanie Wagstaff 77-79-79=235 (+19) 126 Maribel Lopez Porras 72-75-W=147 (+3)
1. South Carolina (+9), T2. Texas A&M (+14), T2. Texas (+14), T4. Alabama (+15), T4. Florida (+15), T6. Arizona State (+23), T6. Michigan State (+23), T6. Duke (+23), 9. Arizona (+27), 10. Campbell (+29), 11. Oklahoma State (+32), 12. Tulane (+39), 13. Washington (+40), T14. UCF (+43), T14. Wake Forest (+43), 16. Kent State (+44), 17. Maryland (+50), 18. Northwestern (+52), 19. Chattanooga (+55), T20. Augusta State (+59), T20. San Diego State (+59), 22. Jacksonville State (+63), 23. Oral Roberts (+88), 24. Long Island (+114)
Individual Results (Top-10 Only):
1. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M (-3), 2. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama (-1), T3. Katie Burnett, South Carolina (E), T3. Lindy Duncan, Duke (E), T3. Justine Lee, Arizona State (E), T3. Lindsay Solberg, Michigan State (E), T7. Evan Jensen, Florida (+1), T7. Katelyn Sepmoree, Texas (+1), T7. Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State (+1), T10. Michelle Koh, Campell (+2), T10. Margarita Ramos, Arizona (+2)