May 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Tulane sophomore Gemma Dryburgh fired a 1-under 71 and the 14th-ranked Green Wave combined for a 7-over 295 total for 10th place following the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
Tulane, which sits six strokes out of the top five teams, and golfers from Purdue and Oklahoma will play together for the second straight round and the groups will begin teeing off from the 10th tee for Wednesday's second round at 7:25 a.m. (CST)/8:25 a.m. (EST).
"Our team really fought hard all day," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We opened on the front nine and that side of the course is tough and we didn't get off to a good start. I thought some of it was nerves, as was to be expected with three freshmen, but this team is gritty and really hung in there. We were 15-over at the turn with all five scores and we made some shots on the back nine and finished 2-under so that was good."
"Silvia was huge for us today. She was 5-over through her first three holes and played 3-under for the final 15 holes and that was obviously big. Gemma had a strong round for us today and Maribel didn't have the round she wanted to today, but she finished strong," Pratt added.
Dryburgh, who is tied for sixth place, opened the day with bogey on No. 3 but responded with a birdie on No. 4 to drop back to even, where she remained at the turn. On the back nine, she logged back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11-12 to fall to 2-under, but a bogey on 13 proved to be her lone miscue on the backside.
Her 1-under 71 ties for the lowest individual score by a Tulane player in the NCAA Championships. She is now tied with former Wave Liliana Alvarez, who fired a 1-under effort during the final round of the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Freshman Silvia Garces put together one of the grittiest performances of the day. She sandwiched a bogey in between two doubles bogeys and was 5-over through her first three holes. But the talented rookie responded with a birdie on the fourth hole and added two more birds on the back nine to finish the day with a 2-over 74 and sits in 46th place.
Freshman Madison Opfer got off to a rocky start with a 2-over score at the turn. She logged a birdie and a bogey each on the backside and finished with a 2-over 74 and is tied with Garces for 46th place.
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras became the first Tulane golfer to play in three NCAA Championships, but didn't have the round she wanted to today. However, despite a 5-over score at the turn and another bogey on No. 11, the veteran came up with a pair of birdies on 16 and 17 and just missed a birdie on 18 to finish the day with a 4-over 76 for 76th place.
Freshman Emily Penttila never found her groove and went to the clubhouse with a 6-over 78 and is in 103rd place.
Top-ranked USC and 48th-ranked San Jose State each combined for 4-under 284s and share the lead after the opening round. Duke is two shots back in third place, followed by defending national champion Alabama in fourth place and UCLA and Purdue are each tied for fifth place.
On the individual leaderboard, San Jose State's 66th-ranked Regan De Guzman logged seven birdies and cruised into first place with a 5-under 67 effort to take the top spot in the individual race.
"We need to stay focused and keep playing our game. We're pretty far back but it really doesn't mean a thing. Every team in this tournament is going to have a so-so round out of four days. It's very rare to have a team play great all four rounds. Today was a mediocre round for us and I expect to shoot par or better tomorrow," Pratt said.
Live results from the entire championship, as well as live streaming of holes 17 and 18 during the final two rounds of competition, can be found online at NCAA.com. Additionally, highlights and a recap of play will be provided after competition concludes on Thursday and Friday, May 23-24.
Fans can also check the official website of Tulane Athletics: TulaneGreenWave.com for daily recaps, video and photos from each round, or follow the team for live updates on Twitter: @GreenWaveWGolf.
10 Tulane 295 (+7) T6 Gemma Dryburgh 71 (-1) T46 Madison Opfer 74 (+2) T46 Silvia Garces 74 (+2) T76 Maribel Lopez Porras 76 (+4) T103 Emily Penttila 78 (+6)
T1. USC (-4), T1. San Jose State (-4), 3. Duke (-2), 4. Alabama (E), T5. UCLA (+1), T5. Purdue (+1), 7. Stanford (+2), 8. Oklahoma (+3), 9. Arizona State (+5), 10. Tulane (+7), 11. Arkansas (+8), T12. Michigan State (+10), T12. Arizona (+10), T12. Northwestern (+10), T15. Texas (+11), T15. UC Davis (+11), T15. Florida (+11), T15. Vanderbilt (+11), 19. Mississippi State (+12), T20. Oregon (+13), T20. Wisconsin (+13), 22. Oklahoma State (+15), 23. South Carolina (+16), 24. Auburn (+17)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Regan De Guzman, San Jose State (-5), T2. Celine Boutier, Duke (-3), T2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-3), T4. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (-2), T4. Annie Park, USC (-2), T6. 14 players tied, including Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (-1)