Sept. 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 18th-ranked golf team opened the 2013 fall season today with an 11-over 291 total and sits in a 12th place tie with Arkansas, while sophomore Emily Penttila carded a 1-over 71 and is 21st following the opening round of the Dale McNamara Fall Preview in Tulsa, Okla.
Tulane will join golfers from the Alabama and North Carolina for Tuesday's second round and the groups will tee off from the 10th hole, beginning at 8:45 a.m.
Playing with one junior, three sophomores and one freshman, Tulane first-year head coach Lorne Don hit the course today for the first time at the Tulsa Country Club, the site of the 2014 NCAA Championships.
The Green Wave started today's round from the back side and Penttila played the first nine holes even, but was forced to settle with a 1-over score on the front side. Sophomores Silvia Garces and Madison Opfer each posted a 2-over 72 and are tied for 31st place. All three golfers are just 1-2 shots out of 12th place.
Junior Gemma Dryburgh got off to a rough start with a pair of bogeys and was 2-over at the turn. But four straight bogeys on her opening holes on the front nine pushed her to 6-over. She then birdied the sixth hole, but suffered a bogey on eighth hole and finished 6-over for the day and sits in 56th place.
Playing in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Belen Goicoechea went to the clubhouse with a 13-over 83 for 73rd place. She did, however, log her first eagle on the par 4, fourth hole.
"We had three very good scores today but we'll need more of a collective effort from each of our golfers over the next two days and I'm confident that will happen," Don said. "This is a great course. The greens were fast and it was windy today from start to finish, so anything around par was a good score.
"Emily and Silvia played really well and had some chances to shoot a better score today, while Madison really grinded out her first round. She made some awesome up-and-downs and some great saves and did a good job keeping it together. Gemma didn't have her best stuff today but I know she will bounce back and Belen played like a freshman in her first collegiate tournament, which it was, so she now has a round of college golf under her belt and I am confident she will play much better tomorrow."
Oklahoma State was the only team to finish under par today and the Cowgirls hold a 4-stroke advantage over fellow in-state and Big 12 Conference rival Oklahoma. Arizona is in a third place tie with Duke, while Arizona State rounds out the top five squads.
In the individual race, OSU's Julie Yang shot a 3-under 67 today and heads into Tuesday's second round with a 1-stroke lead over Stanford's Lauren Kim, while nine players are tied for third place at 1-under.
"We have a good plan for this golf course and there are some tee shots out there that are tricky but we know what we need to do. We just need to make a few more putts. Gemma and Belen will both bounce back and the other three will keep plugging away," Don said.
T12 Tulane 291 (+11) T21 Emily Penttila 71 (+1) T31 Silvia Garces 72 (+2) T31 Madison Opfer 72 (+2) T56 Gemma Dryburgh 76 (+4) 73 Belen Goicoechea 83 (+13)
1. Oklahoma State (-2), 2. Oklahoma (+2), T3. Arizona (+3), T3. Duke (+3), 5. Arizona State (+4), 6. Stanford (+6), 7. Vanderbilt (+6), T8. Georgia (+8), T8. USC (+8), 10. North Carolina (+9), 11. Alabama (+10), T12. Tulane (+11), T12. Arkansas (+11), 14. Texas (+12), 15. Tulsa (+36)
Player Results (Top-10 only)
1. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State (-3), 2. Lauren Kim, Stanford (-2), T3. Alejandra Cangrejo, Duke (-1), T3. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma (-1), T3. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (-1), T3. Kyung Kim, USC (-1), T3. Kendall Prince, Arizona (-1), T3. Morgan Ransom, Vanderbilt (-1), T3. Kaitlyn Rohrback, Oklahoma (-1), T3. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford (-1), T3. Andrea Vilarasau, Arizona (-1)