Sophomore Madison Opfer carded a 1-under 69 to lead the Green Wave.
May 23, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma - For the second straight season, the Tulane golf team proved it belonged among the elite programs in the nation as the 30th-ranked Green Wave combined for a 11-over 291 total today during the final round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships for a 15th place finish at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tulane, which finished ninth a year ago in the title round, has now put together arguably the best two seasons in school history in back-to-back years. The Green Wave produced one of the lowest rounds in this year's national championships with a 2-under 278 during Thursday's third round, and sophomore Emily Penttila tied for the lowest round by an individual with a 5-under 65 during the third round. Tulane will return its entire line-up for the 2014-15 campaign.
"We came in with a goal today of finishing eighth or better, but we came up short after we got off to a slow start," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We fought back through the middle of the round, but we just made too many mistakes. But finishing as the 15th best team in the country doesn't sound too bad and we have the entire team coming back for next year. I think today's round left us a little bit hungry and we will be looking forward to coming back this next fall and working our way back to the national championships."
"I told the team after today's round that we showed glimpses all year that we were one of the top teams in the country but the consistency that we need to compete at that level wasn't there. We played one of the lowest rounds of this year's event and we need to learn how to do that for four days," Don added.
Sophomore Madison Opfer, who fired a 3-under 67 on Thursday, once again had the hot hand for the Green Wave as she registered a 1-under 69 today to finish 4-under for the final 36 holes and in 33rd place overall.
"I am really proud of the way Madison played the last two days. She really stuck to her game plan the last two rounds and executed beautifully. She played really well and probably could have shot five or six more under with the opportunities she gave herself, but playing 4-under on this course over the final 36 holes was great for her," Don said.
Penttila was not able to find her groove today after firing a tournament low 5-under 65 during the third round. She was forced to settle for a 6-over 76, but was Tulane's highest finisher in 26th place.
Junior Gemma Dryburgh equaled her third round score of a 1-over 71 today to finish 2-over during her final 36 holes and turned in a 67th place finish.
Thursday's third round leader, Duke, withstood a monster rally from top-ranked USC for the 2014 NCAA national title. USC, the 2013 champion, finished two strokes behind the Blue Devils, while UCLA was third, followed by Oklahoma in fourth place and Arizona State rounded out the top five finishers.
USC's Doris Chen outdistanced Duke's Celine Boutier by two strokes to claim individual national championship honors.
T15 Tulane 303-294-278-291=1166 (+46) T26 Emily Penttila 72-74-65-76=287 (+7) T33 Madison Opfer 78-75-67-69=289 (+9) T67 Silvia Garces 73-72-75-75=295 (+15) T67 Gemma Dryburgh 80-73-71-71=295 (+15) 125 Belen Goicoechea 81-78-78-79=316 (+36)
1. Duke (+10), 2. USC (+12), 3. UCLA (+25), 4. Oklahoma (+27), 5. Arizona State (+30), 6. Mississippi State (+37), T7. Arizona (+38), T7. Ohio State (+38), 9. Alabama (+41), T10. Vanderbilt (+43), T10. Texas A&M (+43), T10. North Carolina State (+43), 13. South Carolina (+44), 14. Virginia (+45), T15. Tulane (+46), 17. Washington (+47), T18. Florida (+49), T18. Stanford (+49), T20. Michigan State (+58), T20. Campbell (+58), 22. California (+60), 23. Iowa State (+66), 24. Kansas (+81)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
T1. Doris Chen, USC (-6), 2. Celine Boutier, Duke (-4), 3. Lauren Kim, Stanford (-3), T4. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (-1), T4. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-1), 6. Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M (E), T7. Chonlada Chayanun, Iowa State (+2), T7. Manon Gidali, Arizona (+2), T7. Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA (+2), T10. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (+3), T10. Hayley Davis, Baylor (+3), T10. Allyssa Ferrell, Michigan State (+3)