Green Wave Golfers Sit in 12th Place Following Opening Round of Mason Rudolph Champs.

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman Madison Opfer shot a 4-over 76 to lead Tulane during the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Champs.
Freshman Madison Opfer shot a 4-over 76 to lead Tulane during the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Champs.

Sept. 21, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - It was a tale of two rounds for the 34th-ranked Tulane golf team. The Green Wave was near the top of the leaderboard after the first nine holes, but stumbled down the back nine and finished the day with a 21-over 309 total for 12th place following the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Championships at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Tulane is playing with a line-up of three freshmen, one sophomore and one senior and without the services of senior Maribel Lopez Porras, who is representing Tulane and her home country of Colombia at the prestigious 2012 World Amateur Championships this weekend in Antalya, Turkey.

Today, freshman Madison Opfer led the Wave with a 4-over 76 and sits in 28th place, while classmate Silvia Garces and sophomore Gemma Dryburgh each fired a 5-over 77 and are in 37th place.

Freshmen Emily Penttila carded a 7-over 79 for 54th place and senior Meghan Chapman went to the clubhouse with a 10-over 82 and is tied for 72nd place.

"We got off to a really good start today through the first 11 holes, but played our last seven holes about 14-over par as a team, which isn't good, but I think some of that comes with having such a young line-up," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We made some bad decisions and just didn't hit our shots. But we have two more days to improve. This is a strong field so we'll have to play very well to move up the leaderboard."

Texas jumped to the top of the leaderboard today with a combined 6-over team total. Arizona is four shots back of the Longhorns in second place, while Kentucky (+11), Virginia (+12) and Georgia (+13) round out the top five teams, respectively.

There is a trio of golfers tied for first in the individual race. Michigan State's Caroline Powers, Virginia's Briana Mao and Wake Forest's Olafia Kristindottir each went to the clubhouse with a 1-under 71 today to share the lead.

Tulane will be grouped with golfers from Vanderbilt and Oregon for Saturday's second round and will begin teeing off from the 10th hole at 8:15 a.m.


12	Tulane 	        309 (+21)
T28	Madison Opfer	76 (+4)
T37	Gemma Dryburgh	77 (+5)
T37	Silvia Garces	77 (+5)
T54	Emily Penttila	79 (+7)
T72	Meghan Chapman	82 (+10)

Team Results
1. Texas (+6), 2. Arizona (+10), 3. Kentucky (+11), 4. Virginia (+12), 5. Georgia (+13), T6. Texas A&M (+14), T6. Michigan State (+14), T6. Stanford (+14), 9. Wake Forest (+15), 10. Vanderbilt (+16), 11. Oregon (+17), 12. Tulane (+21), 13. North Carolina (+22), 14. Chattanooga (+23), 15. Memphis (+33)

Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
T1. Caroline Powers, Michigan State (-1), T1. Briana Mao, Virginia (-1), T1. Olafia Kristindottir, Wake Forest (-1), T4. Lauren Kim, Stanford (E), T4. Ashleigh Albrecht, Kentucky (E), T4. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia (E), T4. Emilie Burger, Georgia (E), T8. Cassy Isagawa, Oregon (+1), T8. Katelyn Sepmoree, Texas (+1), T8. Kendall Prince, Arizona (+1), T8. Tezira Abe, Texas (+1), T8. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas (+1), T8. Casey Grice, North Carolina (+1)