Oct. 5, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 42nd ranked golf team combined for a 12-over 300 total today and sits in a 12th place tie with fourth-ranked Purdue, while sophomore Gemma Dryburgh fired a 1-over 73 and is in 14th place following the opening round of the 2012 Liz Murphey Fall Preview in Athena, Ga.
Playing at the University of Georgia Golf Course, the same facility that will host the upcoming 2013 NCAA National Championships, Tulane started the morning on the back nine and immediately got off to a rocky start with the team combining to play the first nine holes at 7-over. The lone bright spots were a double eagle by freshman Madison Opfer on the par-5, 17th hole and two birdies each for senior Maribel Lopez Porras and Dryburgh.
However, the Green Wave rebounded on the front nine and combined for four birdies and a 5-over effort. Opfer and classmate Emily Penttila each registered a birdie, while Dryburgh added two more birds to finish with four for the round.
Penttila is tied for 32nd place with a 3-over 75, while Opfer and Porras each carded a 4-over 76 and are tied for 42nd place and freshman Silvia Garces went to the clubhouse with a 6-over 78 for 72nd place.
Tulane begins Saturday's round from the 10th tee box for the second straight day and will join golfers from Texas A&M and Oklahoma and the groups will begin the second round at 7 a.m. CST.
"We got off to a rough start on the back side and dug ourselves a little bit of a hole early on," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We fought hard all day but just didn't have anyone shoot under par, which is tough to do on this golf course. I thought Gemma had a solid round today, but overall we need to do a better job of getting off to a better start tomorrow and hitting more greens.
"Hopefully this is our worst round of the tournament and we can play better and move up the next two days. There are a lot of good teams in this field, so our golfers need to relax and go out tomorrow and post a good number."
No. 13 Auburn leads the all-star field with a combined 1-under 287 total and was the only squad to finish under par. UCLA is second but sits seven strokes back of the Tigers, while No. 8 USC and No. 43 Denver are tied for third with each team at 7-over and host Georgia and defending national and tournament champion Alabama are tied for fifth place, each at 8-over.
In the individual race, UCLA's Erynne Lee carded a 4-under 68 to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Lee was one of 10 golfers to shoot under par on Friday and sits one stroke ahead of Georgia's Collins Bradshaw and Denver's Tonje Daffinrud.
Live results from each round are available at www.golfstat.com.
T12 Tulane 300 (+12) T14 Gemma Dryburgh 73 (+1) T32 Emily Penttila 75 (+3) T42 Maribel Lopez Porras 76 (+4) T42 Madison Opfer 76 (+4) T72 Silvia Garces 78 (+6)
1. Auburn (-1), 2. UCLA (+6), T3. USC (+7), T3. Denver (+7), T5. Georgia (+8), T5. Alabama (+8), T7. North Carolina (+9), T7. Vanderbilt (+9), 9. Virginia (+10), T10. Oklahoma (+11), T10. Texas A&M (+11), T12. Tulane (+12), T12. Purdue (+12), T14. Tennessee (+14), T14. Duke (+14), T16. South Carolina (+17), T16. LSU (+17), 18. Cal (+18)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Erynne Lee, UCLA (-4), T2. Collins Bradsahw, Georgia (-3), T2. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (-3), T4. Brittany Altomare, Virginia (-2), T4. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-2), T6. Hannah Collier, Alabama (-1), T6. Diana Fernandez, Auburn (-1), T6. Sophia Popov, USC (-1), T6. Paula Retp, Purdue (-1), T6. Marta Sanz, Auburn (-1)