Sept. 10, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane sophomore Emily Penttila tied for the best individual round today with a 3-under 67 and jumped from 21st place into a four-way tie for first place and the No. 18 Green Wave strung together a 12-over 292 total during the second round of the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
Tulane will join golfers from Texas and host Tulsa for Wednesday's final round and the groups will tee off from the 10th tee at 8:45 a.m.
Penttila not only tied for the best individual round (Duke's Laetitia Beck), but was the only golfer in the field to play error-free golf today. Penttila started on the 10th tee box and chalked up a birdie on her ninth hole, making the turn at 1-under, and then notched two more birdies on the front side. She now has six birdies and just four bogeys through 36 holes.
She will enter Wednesday's finale tied with Beck, USC's Kyung Kim, USC and Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State, all at 2-under.
Junior Gemma Dryburgh rebounded from Monday's tough outing to post a 3-over 73 today and is tied with teammate, sophomore Silvia Garces, for 50th place. Dryburgh was just 1-over entering the final three holes, but a pair of bogeys on her last two holes tripped up an otherwise solid round.
Freshman Belen Goicoechea was eight strokes better than her first collegiate round score on Monday. Today, she fired a 5-over 75 and is now tied for 69th.
Garces played with a similar fate today as Dryburgh on Monday. Garces stumbled out of the starting gates and never was able to find her groove and was forced to settle for a 7-over 77.
Sophomore Madison Opfer went to the clubhouse with a 9-over 79 and is in 57th place.
"Today was an up-and-down day for us but it was obviously highlighted by Emily's bogey-free round on a golf course that played with some fast greens in windy conditions," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "She really tore it up today and played amazing. She really focused on every shot, which is one of the big things she is working on, and was able to hit a lot of fairways and greens and dropped in her putts.
"Gemma was solid all day and Belen improved by eight strokes today and is really learning quickly from her mistakes. Madison and Siliva didn't have the day they would have liked to, but I have no doubt they'll come ready to play and finish strong tomorrow."
The Duke Blue Devils overtook first round leader Oklahoma State for the top spot on the leaderboard and leads second place Oklahoma by one stroke, while the Cowgirls slid to third place and defending national champion USC and 2012 national champion Alabama are each tied for fourth place.
"I feel like we are on the verge of earning a high finish. Emily is playing at a high level and everyone has really showed glimpses of being able to do the same the past two days. We just need to put everything together for 18 holes tomorrow. We are not far away from where we want to be. We just need to cut down on a few errors and we'll move up the leaderboard," Don said.
T12 Tulane 291-292=583 (+23) T1 Emily Penttila 71-67=138 (-2) T50 Gemma Dryburgh 76-73=149 (+9) T50 Silvia Garces 72-77=149 (+9) T57 Madison Opfer 72-79=151 (+11) T69 Belen Goicoechea 83-75=158 (+18)
1. Duke (+9), 2. Oklahoma (+10), 3. Oklahoma State (+11), T4. USC (+12), T4. Alabama (+12), 6. Arizona (+15), 7. Arizona State (+17), 8. Stanford (+18), 9. Arkansas (+20), T10. North Carolina (+22), T10. Vanderbilt (+22), T12. Tulane (+23), T12. Georgia (+23), 14. Texas (+24), 15. Tulsa (+64)
Player Results (Top-10 only)
T1. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-2), T1. Laetitia Beck, Duke (-2), T1. Kyung Kim, USC (-2), T1. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (-2), T5. Regina Plasencia, Arkansas (-1), T5. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State (-1), T7. Daniela Lendl, Alabama (E), T7. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt (E), T7, Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (E), T7. Kendall Prince, Arizona (E)