Sept. 11, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane sophomore Emily Penttila carded a 1-under 69 and posted a sixth-place overall finish, while the 18th-ranked Green Wave saved its best round for last with a 5-over 285 total for a 10th place effort at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview.
Playing in the premier fall tournament in women's collegiate golf and among a field that has combined for 12 national championships, Tulane went toe-to-toe with the majority of the nation's top programs and more than proved it belonged in the same breath. The Green Wave finished ahead of No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 15 North Carolina, and No. 17 Georgia.
Penttila cemented her place among the nation's top individuals with a 1-under 209 on the same course that will host the NCAA Championships next May. She was 1-under at the turn and was even entering her final two holes, but a bogey on her 17th hole put her at 1-over for the day.
TU junior Gemma Dyrburgh and sophomore Silvia Garces each tied for 38th place after each golfer posted a 1-over 71 on the day.
Freshman Belen Goicoechea showed great improvement in each round of her first collegiate tournament and posted a 2-over 72 on the day for 66th place.
Sophomore Madison Opfer fired a 4-over 74 and finished tied for 58th place.
"We really finished the tournament on a high note with a great team effort," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We played a great round today and everyone contributed and that's what you want. We really came out with a different level of intensity today and all five players started off well and we made the turn at 4-under. We passed a few teams and beat some really good programs today. A 10th place finish is not necessarily where we wanted to be but with this field I would call it a good start."
"Emily obviously stood out and played fantastic all week and showed a good level of consistency. She proved she can play with the best players in the country this week. I thought each of our golfers showed flashes of greatness and gave a glimpse of how great we can be this season. The important aspect is everyone contributed and improved with each round. The building blocks for us to have a great year are certainly in place. We just need to cut down on a few mistakes before we play in our next tournament," Don added.
Defending national champion USC took home the team title with a 4-stroke win over second-place Oklahoma. Oklahoma State, the first round leader, finished third, while Alabama and Duke each tied for fourth place.
USC's Kyung Kim claimed individual medalist honors with a 2-stroke victory over Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez.
Tulane returns to action at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships, hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Cherokee Country Club, Sept. 20-22.
10 Tulane 291-292-285=868 (+28) T6 Emily Penttila 71-67-71=209 (-1) T39 Gemma Dryburgh 76-73-71=220 (+10) T39 Silvia Garces 72-77-71=220 (+10) T58 Madison Opfer 72-79-74=225 (+15) 66 Belen Goicoechea 83-75-72=230 (+20)
1. USC (+8), 2. Oklahoma (+12), 3. Oklahoma State (+15), T4. Alabama (+16), T4. Duke (+16), 6. Arkansas (+17), 7. Arizona State (+19), 8. Arizona (+21), 9. Stanford (+27), 10. Tulane (+28), 11. North Carolina (+29), 12. Georgia (+31), 13. Vanderbilt (+38), 14. Texas (+53), 15. Tulsa (+76)
Player Results (Top-10 only)
1. Kyung Kim, USC (-6), T2. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (-4), T2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-4), T2. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State (-4), 5. Regina Plasencia, Arkansas (-2), T6. Daniela Lendl, Alabama (-1), T6. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-1), T8. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford (E), T8. Laetitia Beck, Duke (E), T10. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt (+1), T10. Andrea Vilarasau, Arizona (+1)