May 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Tulane golfers capped off one of the finest seasons in the program's history today with a school record ninth-place finish and senior Maribel Lopez Porras turned in a 14th place finish for the program's best individual effort following the final round of the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
Tulane tied with Oklahoma and Michigan State and completed the 72-hole event with a 39-over 1191, its lowest total at the NCAA Championships. The Green Wave's ninth place finish topped the previous mark of 15th set in its inaugural trip in 2005.
The 24-team field was forced to endure 15-20 mile-per-hour winds with gusts into the low 20s and that made for high scores on the final day. The Wave grinded a 22-over 310 total out of the course today, but it was good enough to keep the team among the Top-10 squads.
"The team played very hard all week and a Top-10 finish is a tremendous accomplishment for our program, Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "The way we did it today was definitely disappointing. With the way we played today's front nine and yesterday's back nine I feel like we could have easily finished fifth or higher and I know our golfers know that, but this was a great week for the Tulane golf program."
"Maribel and Gemma (Dryburgh) really played solid for us this week and their Top-20 finishes were huge. Her 5-under effort during the second round really got us back into contention and Gemma was steady as usual all week. The other three played great as well. Silvia (Garces) had a great tournament. Emily (Penttila) and Madison (Opfer) both struggled today, but they will take a lot of things away from this week and use this summer and in the future to get better," Pratt added.
Porras completed her career as one of the program's most decorated golfers and is the only Tulane player to participate in three NCAA Championships, including twice with the team and once as an individual in 2011. She logged a four-round total of 2-over 291 and her 14th place finish easily topped the previous top individual effort by a Tulane golfer of 39th place by Alison Walshe in 2005 and Janine Fellows in 2009.
Porras was one of 15 golfers to receive trophy from the NCAA for a Top-15 finish. She tied the school record for the lowest round by an individual with a 5-under 67 during Wednesday's second round that really catapulted Tulane into the Top-10.
Dryburgh turned in a 5-over 293 total, which was good enough for 17th place, and gave Tulane its second Top-20 individual. After a 1-under 71 during the opening round, she was a model of consistency with a 2-over 74 coming on her final three days.
In 11 tournaments this season, the Green Wave finished among the Top-5 teams eight times and among the Top-10 in nine events, including all seven this spring.
USC claimed the 2013 NCAA title with an astounding 21-victory over second place Duke, while Purdue finish third, UCLA was fourth and Arizona State was fifth.
USC made it a clean sweep with freshman Annie Park claiming individual medalist honors for the Women of Troy. Park posted a 6-stroke win over Duke's Lindy Duncan.
T9. Tulane 295-289-297-310=1191 (+39) 14. Maribel Lopez Porras 76-67-72-76=291 (+3) T17. Gemma Dryburgh 71-74-74-74=293 (+5) T58. Silvia Garces 74-75-75-78=302 (+14) T104. Madison Opfer 74-76-80-82=312 (+24) T114. Emily Penttila 78-73-76-87=314 (+26)
1. USC (-19), 2. Duke (+2), 3. Purdue (+21), 4. UCLA (+22), 5. Arizona State (+29), 6. Auburn (+31), 7. Alabama (+37), 8. Arizona (+38), T9. Tulane (+39), T9. Oklahoma (+39), T9. Michigan State (+39), 12. Oklahoma State (+41), T13. Arkansas (+48), T13. Stanford (+48), 15. Northwestern (+49), 16. UC Davis (+51), 17. Florida (+53), 18. Vanderbilt (+54), 19. San Jose State (+57), 20. South Carolina (+59), 21. Texas (+61), 22. Oregon (+65), 23. Wisconsin (+66), 24. Mississippi State (+69)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Annie Park, USC (-10), 2. Lindy Duncan, Duke (-4), 3. Paula Reto, Purdue (-2), T4. Celine Boutier, Duke (-1), T4. Erynne Lee, UCLA (-1), T6. Kyung Kim, USC (+1), T6. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (+1), T6. Christine Meier, Michigan State (+1), T6. Sophia Popov, USC (+1), T10. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (+2), T10. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (+2), T10. Marta Sanz, Auburn (+2), T10. Andrea Vilarasau, Arizona (+2)