Sept. 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane sophomore golfer Gemma Dryburgh maintained the individual lead at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational on Tuesday with a 2-under 70 effort and the Green Wave combined for a 8-over 296 during the second round and dropped from first to second in West Point, Miss.
Tulane and Arkansas will have a chance to battle for the tournament title during Wednesday's final round and just one stroke separates the two schools after two rounds. The two teams will be joined by Kentucky and the groups will tee off from the first five holes with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Today, Dryburgh got off to a rough start with a pair of bogeys coming on her first seven homes, but dug in and responded with birdies on holes 5 and 9 and then registered two more birds on the back nine to finished the day with a 2-under 70. She not only maintained her overall lead, but dropped to 5-under through 36 holes.
Trailing Dryburgh in second place is teammate, freshman Emily Penttila, who is playing as an individual, and Arkansas' Emma Lavy. Both Penttila and Lavy are two strokes behind Dryburgh at 2-under. Pentilla tied Dryburgh for the lowest round by a TU player with a 2-under 70 today.
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras fired a 2-over 74 during the second and is in ninth place, giving the Wave three golfers ranked in the top-10. Senior Meghan Chapman carded a 5-over 77, while freshman Silvia Garces registered a 4-over 76 and both players are tied for 20th place.
Rookie Madison Opfer went to the clubhouse for the second straight day with a 4-over 76 and is in 29th place.
"We didn't get off to a good start today as a team, but we hung in there and I am proud of the way we finished," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We were six over at the turn and finished eight over for the day, so we actually played the back nine better. But, we struggled on the front nine today. The course didn't play any differently. We just missed a couple of greens and didn't get up and down. We also had some three putts today that we didn't have yesterday.
"Despite everything that happened today, we find ourselves just one shot back of a good Arkansas team heading into tomorrow's final round. They are a little inexperienced like us so I know there will be a little nerves amongst everyone."
Live stats and post-round results will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
2 Tulane 290-296=586 (+10) 1 Gemma Dryburgh 69-70=139 (-5) T2 Emily Penttila 71-70=141 (-3)* T9 Maribel Lopez Porras 72-74=146 (+2) T20 Meghan Chapman 74-77=151 (+7) T20 Silvia Garces 75-76=151 (+7) T29 Madison Opfer 76-76=152 (+8)Team Results
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (-5), T2. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-3), T2. Emma Lavy, Arkansas (-3), 4. Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas (-2), 5. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (-1), T6. Regina Plascencia, Arkansas (+1), T6. Olivia Dose, Cincinnati (+1), T6. Ashleigh Albrecht, Kentucky (+1), T9. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane (+2), T9. Lea Charpier, Kennesaw State (+2)
*competing as an individual