Sept. 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's Gemma Dryburgh became the 14th golfer in school history to capture an individual title today as she fired a 3-under 69 during the final round of the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational and set the school record for best 54-hole total with combined 8-under 208 total.
Dryburgh helped the Green Wave to a second place finish in its first tournament of the year at the Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point, Miss.
A native of Beaconsfield, Bucks, UK, Dryburgh led from wire-to-wire and captured her first individual title. Along the way, she recorded the lowest round of her career with a 3-under 69 during the first round and matched the total today. Her two 69s ranked tied for the fifth-lowest rounds in school history. Today, she was guilty of three bogeys, but those were overshadowed by her six birdies.
Dryburgh joins senior Maribel Lopez Porras as current Green Wave golfers with an individual title. Porras captured her title at the 2012 Conference USA Championships.
Tulane completed its second place performance despite only playing with four golfers today. Senior Meghan Chapman had to withdraw from the third round due to an injury, which meant that every golfer in the TU line-up had to count toward the team score today. In spite of the adversity, the Green Wave line-up of one senior, one sophomore and two freshmen stepped up to the challenge. The foursome combined to fire a 6-over 294 total during the final round and came up two strokes shy of the tournament title.
Kentucky, which entered the final round in third place behind Tulane and second round leader Arkansas, combined for a 2-over 290 to take the top spot. Today marked the highest finish since the Green Wave finished second at the UCF Challenge to open the 2011 spring campaign.
Dryburgh wasn't the lone TU golfer with a stellar showing. Freshman Emily Penttila, who competed as an individual, posted a third place finish with a 4-under 212 total, which ties for the fifth-best 54-hole total in school history.
Porras registered a 5-over 221 total and was the third Tulane golfer to finish in the top-10 with a 10th-place effort. Freshman Silvia Garces produced a 20th place finish with her 9-over 225, while her rookie counterpart, Madison Opfer, was a model of consistency with three straight rounds of 4-over 76s for a 12-over 228.
"Obviously it was tough just playing with four golfers today, but Meghan and I made that decision last night so our girls knew ahead of time that each of their scores would count," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. We actually hung in pretty well, but we didn't play the 18th hole very well collectively. But considering how young the line-up is and the pressure on each of them today I thought we played very well. I am very pleased with this team. With only 10 days of preparation, I thought everyone responded to the challenge and played great for the first tournament of the year.
"I am very happy for Gemma with her first collegiate title. She didn't make a lot of mistakes and played great this week. And I thought Emily turned in a terrific performance during this week with a third place effort."
The Green Wave returns to action, Sept. 21-23, at the Mason Rudolph Championships, hosted by Vanderbilt University, at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Team Results Individual Results (top-10 golfers only) *competing as an individual
2 Tulane 290-296-294=880 (+16)
1 Gemma Dryburgh 69-70-69=208 (-8)
T3 Emily Penttila 71-70-71=212 (-4)*
T10 Maribel Lopez Porras 72-74-75=221 (+5)
T20 Silvia Garces 75-76-74=225 (+9)
T29 Madison Opfer 76-76-76=228 (+12)
-- Meghan Chapman 74-77-W=151 (+7)
1. Kentucky (+14), 2. Tulane (+16), 3. Arkansas (+18), 4. Mississippi State (+34), T5. Murray State (+48), T5. Southern Miss (+48), 7. Kennesaw State (+51), 8. South Florida (+53), 9. Cincinnati (+54), 10. Memphis (+69), 11. South Alabama (+98)
1. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (-8), 2. Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas (-6)*, T3. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-4)*, T3. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (-4), 5. Emma Lavy, Arkansas (-2), 6. Ashleigh Albrecht, Kentucky (+1), T7. A Lennartsson, Murray State (+3), T7. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (+3), 9. Cylia Damerau, Kentucky (+4), T10. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane (+5), T10. Delaney Howson, Murray State (+5)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
*competing as an individual