Sept. 20, 2013
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - The 18th-ranked Tulane golf team opened the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with a 6-over 290 total and sits in sixth place following the first round at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tulane, UCF and Tennessee golfers will play together during Saturday's second round and the groups will begin from the first tee box at 9:30 a.m.
Today, Tulane's duo of junior Gemma Dryburgh and sophomore Silvia Garces paced the Green Wave during the opening day with a pair of even-par 71's and is tied for 15th place. Both players suffered two bogeys apiece but each golfer was able to come up with a pair of birdies to stay even for the round.
Playing in her first collegiate tournament as an individual, freshman Olivia Winning was impressive with a 1-over 72 and is in 19th place.
"We had consistent and solid rounds today from both Gemma and Sylvia and I thought they played very well," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "I thought we played well for the most part, but we just couldn't get our putts to drop when we needed to. Emily and Madison played well in stretches but made some metal errors that were costly. It was great to see Olivia play so well in her first collegiate event.
"For the second round, we just need to have more of our putts go down and we'll be fine."
A pair of Southeastern Conference schools holds down the top two spots. South Carolina posted a 5-under 279 and holds a 3-stroke lead over second place Arkansas, while Louisville is sitting in third place at 1-under. Host Tennessee is in fourth place at 1-over and UCF rounds out the top five squads at 2-over.
In the individual race, UCF's Fanny Copps and Katelyn Dambaugh are each tied for the lead at 3-under, while five players are just one stroke off the lead.
Fans can follow live results from each round at www.Golfstat.com.
6 Tulane 290 (+6) T15 Gemma Dryburgh 71 (E) T15 Silvia Garces 71 (E) T44 Madison Opfer 74 (+3) T44 Emily Penttila 74 (+3) T83 Belen Goicoechea 79 (+8) T19 I-Olivia Winning 72 (+1)
1. South Carolina (-5), 2. Arkansas (-2), 3. Louisville (-1), 4. Tennessee (+1), 5. UCF (+2), 6. Tulane (+6), T7. Penn State (+8), T7. Chattanooga (+8), 9. Mississippi State (+9), 10. Ole Miss (+10), 11. Michigan (+12), T12. Campbell (+14), T12. Notre Dame (+14), T12. Rollins College (+14), T15. UTSA (+15), T15. Missouri (+15), 17. College of Charleston (+17)
Individual Results (Top-10):
T1. Fanny Copps, UCF (-3), T1. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina (-3), T3. Katie Petrino, Louisville (-2), T3. Hannah Pietila, Tennessee (-2), T3. Regina Plascencia, Arkansas (-2), T3. Samantha Swinehart, South Carolina (-2), T3. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (-2), T8. Robyn Doig, UCF (-1), T8. Mary Fran Hillow, South Carolina (-1), T8. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (-1), T8. Emily McLennan, Chattanooga (-1), T8. Lauro Restrpo, Louisville (-1), T8. Sarah Schmelzel, South Carolina (-1), T8. Chessey Thomas, Tennessee (-1)