May 21, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma- Tulane's golf team combined for a 14-over 294 total and improved from its day one total but slipped from 13th to 16th place during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tulane will join golfers from Texas A&M and Florida for Thursday's third round and the groups will begin from the 10th tee at 8:36 a.m.
Live results from the entire championship, as well as live video streaming from holes 16, 17 and 18 for the final two rounds, can be found online at www.ncaa.com. Fans can also check the official website of Tulane Athletics: www.TulaneGreenWave.com for daily recaps, video and photos from each round, or follow the team on Twitter: @GreenWaveWGolf.
Sophomore Silvia Garces was TU's low-round leader today with a 2-over 70 and is now in 24th place. She played the rugged front nine with a 3-over score, but responded with a 1-under total on the back nine.
Junior Gemma Dryburgh improved by seven strokes from her first round score today with a 3-over 73 and moved into 82nd place.
Freshman Belen Goicoechea finished with an 8-over 78 and went to the clubhouse in 120th place.
"We started on the front side, which is really the toughest side of the course, and I thought we did a good job on the first eight holes and were in a good position, but when we got to the part of the course that was a little easier we made too many mistakes," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We didn't capitalize on our birdie opportunities and made too many bogeys and one or two doubles. The wind was not as strong today and we handled the course better overall so hopefully we can do the same tomorrow and capitalize on some of the easier holes."
"Silvia did a really good job today. She got through the sixth tee and was 3-over, but she did a fantastic job of hanging in and getting to the holes where she could make some birdies. She played the back nine under par and did a really nice job down the stretch," Don added.
Oklahoma maintained its top spot on the team leaderboard and leads second place Duke by three strokes. Arizona State is two strokes back of Duke in third place, while USC, UCLA and Arizona are each tied for fourth place.
Individually, Oklahoma's Alexandra Laui entered the day in fourth place, but fired a 3-under 67 to overtake the leaders and sits in first place with a three-stroke advantage over Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell and Stanford's Lauren Kim.
T16 Tulane 303-294=597 (+37) T24 Silvia Garces 73-72=145 (+5) T32 Emily Penttila 72-74=146 (+6) T82 Madison Opfer 78-75=153 (+13) T82 Gemma Dryburgh 80-73=153 (+13) T120 Belen Goicoechea 81-78=159 (+19)
1. Oklahoma (+15), 2. Duke (+18), 3. Arizona State (+20), T4. UCLA (+24), T4. Arizona (+24), T4. USC (+24), 7. Stanford (+26), 8. Mississippi State (+27), T9. Washington (+28), T9. Michigan State (+28), T11. Alabama (+30), T11. Ohio State (+30), 13. North Carolina State (+31), 14. Vanderbilt (+36), 15. Northwestern (+34), T16. Tulane (+37), T16. Texas A&M (+37), T16. Florida (+37), 19. Virginia (+38), 20. South Carolina (+40), 21. California (+41), 22. Iowa State (+44), 23. Kansas (+46), 24. Campbell (+48)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Alexandra Kaui, Oklahoma (-5), T2. Allyssa Ferrell, Michigan State (-2), T2. Lauren Kim (-2), 4. Doris Chen, USC (-1), T5. Celine Boutier, Duke (E), T5. Manon Gidali, Arizona (E), T5. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt (E), T8. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (+1), T8. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (+1), T8. Lindsey Weaver, Arizona (+1), T8. Chonlada Chayanun, Iowa State (+1)