Senior Maribel Lopez Porras led Tulane with an even-par round on Thursday and sits in 11th place.
May 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Tulane's 14th-ranked golfers combined for a 9-over 297 total and moved up one spot into eighth place following the third round of the 2013 NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
Tulane will join golfers from Oklahoma, for the fourth straight round, and Stanford for Friday's final championship round and the groups will begin teeing off from the 10th tee at 11:56 a.m. CST/12:56 p.m. EST.
It was a tale of two sides of the golf course for the Green Wave today. Tulane started its third round on the back nine and charged out of the gates. Tulane senior Maribel Lopez Porras and sophomore Gemma Dryburgh combined for six of the team's 10 birdies through the first nine holes and the Green Wave was on the move. Porras and Dryburgh each made the turn at 2-under and Tulane darted up the standings into third place.
But as good as TU was on the back nine, the daunting front nine awaited and was very unforgiving today. Tulane struggled to a 12-over score and played the last three holes 7-over as a team. However, most of the teams ahead and around the Wave suffered the same fate and Tulane's early play allowed it to move up one spot.
"We played the last three holes 7-over and that was really the difference for us today," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We came out of the gates firing and played great early on and made a lot of birdies and quality shots on the backside. The front side was extremely hard today. A couple of the tees were moved back and the pins were a lot tougher. We ended up shooting 13-over on the front and that's not what we are accustomed to doing, especially since we shot even-par on that side yesterday. We got ahead of ourselves and didn't stick to our game plan. I think we got a little impatient coming down the stretch."
"Tomorrow is going to be a tough day. I have already looked at the weather and it is going to be very windy out here for the final day. We're going to have to grind it out tomorrow. A 74 or 75 might be a great score tomorrow, but we have to play solid on the front side. It's important for us to stay in the moment tomorrow," Pratt said.
Porras logged three birdies today and was 2-under entering the final hole, where a double bogey dropped her back to even, but she enters the final round of her collegiate career in 11th place and has a chance to finish within the top-10 golfers.
After her hot start, Dryburgh recorded four bogeys on the front nine and finished 2-over for the day and is in 24th place.
Freshman Silvia Garces was even at the turn and finished 3-over after a double bogey on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 8 upended her round and she is in 55th place.
Freshman Emily Penttila was 1-over heading into her final three holes of the day, but she was forced to settle for three straight bogeys to end her round at 4-over and is in 72nd place.
Rookie Madison Opfer went to the clubhouse with an 8-over 80 and is in 99th place.
Top-ranked USC will enter the final day with a 17-stroke lead over second place Duke, while Purdue, defending national champion Alabama and UCLA are each tied for third to round out the top five teams.
USC's Annie Park sits atop the individual leaderboard and holds a two-stroke lead over Mississippi State's Ally McDonald and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow.
Live results from the entire championship, as well as live streaming of holes 17 and 18 during Friday's final round of competition, can be found online at NCAA.com.
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.
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8 Tulane 295-289-297=881 (+17) T11 Maribel Lopez Porras 76-67-72=215 (-1) T24 Gemma Dryburgh 71-74-74=219 (+3) T55 Silvia Garces 74-75-75=224 (+8) T72 Emily Penttila 78-73-76=227 (+11) T99 Madison Opfer 74-76-80=230 (+14)
1. USC (-19), 2. Duke (-1), T3. Purdue (+9), T3. Alabama (+9), T3. UCLA (+9), 6. Arizona State (+12), 7. Stanford (+15), 8. Tulane (+17), T9. Oklahoma (+18), T9. Auburn (+18), T9. San Jose State (+18), 12. Michigan State (+23), T13. UC Davis (+26), T13. Arizona (+26), T15. Arkansas (+27), T15. Northwestern (+27), 17. Oregon (+29), 18. Mississippi State (+30), 19. Vanderbilt (+31), 20. Oklahoma State (+33), 21. Texas (+34), 22. South Carolina (+37), 23. Florida (+38), 24. Wisconsin (+43)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Annie Park, USC (-9), T2. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (-7), T2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-7), 4. Kyung Kim, USC (-4), T5. Celine Boutier, Duke (-3), T5. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (-3), T7. Lindy Duncan, Duke (-2), T7. Erynne Lee, UCLA (-2), T7. Paula Reto, Purdue (-2), T7. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford (-2)