Sept. 22, 2013
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Tulane's 18th-ranked golf team fired a5-over 289 total for a third place finish, while sophomore Silvia Garces carded a 2-under 69 for a runner-up finish during the second and final round of the rain-shortened Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships at the Cherokee Country Club.
Tulane's third place finish is its best under first-year head coach Lorne Don in two tournaments and junior Gemma Dryburgh posted an eighth-place finish to give the Green Wave a pair of top 10 performers.
After heavy rains forced the cancellation of Saturday's second round, the 17-team field returned to the course today and Garces turned in the best finish of her young career and tied for her best low round as well. Garces was steady throughout the round and recorded a pair of birdies on two of the three par 5's on the backside (No. 11, No. 15) as she was coming down the home stretch.
Dryburgh posted an even round on Friday and was cruising in today's final round at even par before a double bogey on the 12th hole tripped her up. However, Dryburgh maintained her poise and chalked up a birdie on the 13th hole and added one more bird on the 16th hole to fall back to even where she finished for the day.
"I am very proud of the team for finishing strong today," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We got off to a slow start with our first three players starting off at 3-over, which was obviously not what we were looking for. We made some mistakes and missed a few putts, but they hung in and fought hard and played well the rest of the way. Gemma and Silvia were once again solid all day, and for Silvia to play bogey-free and finish second was very impressive, and it was great for Gemma to finish in the top 10 as well.
"We beat several of good teams this weekend, but we fell short of two really solid teams so we have a lot to improve on but that's okay."
The freshmen duo of Belen Goicoechea and Olivia Winning turned in a 64th place finish. Goicoechea carded a 3-over 74, while Winning, who played as an individual, went to the clubhouse with a 10-over score today to complete her first collegiate tournament.
Arkansas claimed the team title with a 5-under 563 total and was eight strokes better than second place and Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina. Tulane was third, followed by Tennessee and UCF round out the top five squads.
Individually, Arkansas' Emily Tubert carded a 5-under 137, including a 3-under effort today, to ease passed Garces.
Tulane will take a few weeks off before returning to action at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, Oct. 13-15, at the University of Texas Golf Course in Austin, Texas.
3 Tulane 290-289=579 (+11) T2 Silvia Garces 71-69=140 (-2) T8 Gemma Dryburgh 71-71=142 (E) T39 Madison Opfer 74-75=149 (+7) T46 Emily Penttila 74-76=150 (+8) T64 Belen Goicoechea 79-74=153 (+11) T64 I-Olivia Winning 72-81=153 (+11)Team Results:
Individual Results (Top-10):
1. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (-5), T2. Silvia Garces, Tulane (-2), T2. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas (-2), T2. Regina Plascencia, Arkansas (-2), T2. Samantha Swinehart, South Carolina (-2), T2. Chessey Thomas, Tennessee (-2), 7. Mary Fran Hillow, South Carolina (-1), T8. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina (E), T8. Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane (E), T8. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (E), T8. Laura Restrepo, Louisville, (E)