Freshman Madison Opfer led Tulane with a 15th place finish.
Sept. 23, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane golf team saved its best effort for today's final round of the Mason Rudolph Championships as the Green Wave combined for a 19-over 307 total and posted a 13th place finish at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Tulane freshman Madison Opfer fired the lowest round of her young collegiate career today with an even-par 72, which was good enough for a 15th place finish, while sophomore Gemma Dryburgh also registered her lowest round of the tournament with a 2-over 74 and a 34th place finish.
Freshman Emily Penttila turned in an 11-over 83 during her final round and finished 60th while the tandem of freshman Silvia Garces and senior Meghan Chapman each finished tied for 66th. Garces went to the clubhouse with a 12-over 84, while Chapman carded a 6-over 78 for her best round of the event.
"We got off to a pretty good start today, but just couldn't hold the momentum together as a team," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "Madison had a great round today. She was 2-under through her first nine holes and had a double bogey on the fifth hole, but responded with a birdie on her last hole. Gemma also gave us a good round today and Meghan had her best round of the tournament.
"This was a young line-up for us this week and we just need to learn from our mistakes and get ready for the Fall Preview."
Arizona, which overtook Texas during the second round, held on for the team championship with a two-stroke win over the second place Virginia, while Michigan State was third, the Longhorns were fourth and host Vanderbilt rounded out the top five teams.
In the individual race, Georgia's Emilie Burger finished even and captured individual medalist honors with a three-stroke win over second place golfers Caroline Powers from Michigan State (the first round leader) and Arizona's Kendall Prince (the second round leader).
Tulane will take the week off and return to action at the prestigious NCAA Fall Preview, hosted by the University of Georgia, at the University of Georgia Golf Course, Oct. 5-7, in Athens, Ga.
13 Tulane 309-311-307=927 (+44) T15 Madison Opfer 76-77-72=225 (+9) T34 Gemma Dryburgh 77-79-74=230 (+14) T60 Emily Penttila 79-76-83=238 (+22) T66 Silvia Garces 77-79-84=240 (+24) T66 Meghan Chapman 82-80-78=240 (+24)
1. Arizona (+26), 2. Virginia (+28), 3. Michigan State (+33), 4. Texas (+34), 5. Vanderbilt (+36), T6. Texas A&M (+47), T6. Wake Forest (+47), 8. Kentucky (+48), 9. Georgia (+52), 10. North Carolina (+53), 11. Stanford (+55), 12. Oregon (+58), 13. Tulane (+63), 14. Chattanooga (+74), 15. Memphis (+119)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Emilie Burger, Georgia (E), T2. Caroline Powers, Michigan State (+3), T2. Kendall Prince, Arizona (+3), T4. Olafia Kristindottier, Wake Forest (+5), T4. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt (+5), T6. Brittany Altomare, Virginia (+6), T6. Elizabeth Brightwell, Virginia (+6), T6. Rene Sobolewski, Vanderbilt (+6), T10. Tezira Abe, Texas (+7), T10. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas (+7), T10. Allyssa Ferrell, Michigan State (+7)