Oct. 15, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The 17th-ranked Tulane golf team combined for a 2-over 290 total and moved up two spots on the leaderboard to register a sixth-place finish, while sophomore Madison Opfer was the Green Wave's top individual with a 1-under 215 for 13th place following the final round of the 2013 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
The Green Wave, which entered the day in eighth place, missed out on its second straight top five finish by just one stroke and Opfer became the third different Green Wave golfer to finish as the team's top individual in as many tournaments this fall.
Sophomore Emily Penttila led TU in the season opener at the Dale McNamara NCAA Fall Preview, while sophomore Silvia Garces was Tulane's top golfer at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in the team's second outing this season.
Today, Opfer carded a 2-under 70 to lead the Wave, while Garces fired a 1-under 71 and finished 23rd. Penttila posted a 3-over 75 and was 39th while junior Gemma Dryburgh matched her second round score with a 2-over 74 and finished 45th. Freshman Belen Giocoechea went to the clubhouse with a 6-over 78 and was 53rd overall.
"I thought we played very solid the entire tournament, but we just didn't capitalize on enough birdie opportunities," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "There were a lot of positives to take away from our performance, but I like where we are right now in the season. We are playing well for the most part.
"I am very excited for Madison and her finish. She has really started to play a lot better the past couple of weeks and it was great to see her carry that over into a tournament. She is our third different player to lead us in a tournament this fall, so it's great to see the depth and talent we have with this team."
UCLA proved why it's the second-ranked team in the country with a 6-stroke win over second place Arizona State. The Bruins finished with a 22-under 842 total for the 54-hole event. Miami (Fla.) was third, while Iowa State was fourth and SMU rounded out the top five teams.
UCLA's Alison Lee claimed individual medalist honors with a 12-under 204 and won by four strokes.
The Longhorn Network (LHN) will air a two-hour Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 5 (Part 1 [day one and two highlights] - 7 p.m. Central; Part 2 [final round highlights] - 8 p.m.). Click here to see if Longhorn Network is available in your area.
Tulane will return to action and close out the fall portion of the 2013-14 slate at the Alamo Invitational, Oct. 27-29, at the Briggs Ranch Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.
T6 Tulane 288-295-290=873 (+9) 13 Madison Opfer 73-72-70=215 (-1) T23 Silvia Garces 72-74-71=217 (+1) T39 Emily Penttila 71-76-75=222 (+6) T45 Gemma Dryburgh 75-74-74=223 (+7) T53 Belen Goicoechea 72-75-78=225 (+9)
1. UCLA (-22), 2. Arizona State (-16), 3. Miami (Fla.) (-5), 4. Iowa State (-2), 5. SMU (+8), T6. Tulane (+9), T6. Mississippi State (+9), 8. Denver (+10), 9. San Diego State (+14), 10. UNLV (+15), T11. UTSA (+26), T11. TCU (+26), 13. Texas (+28), T14. Princeton (+31), T14. New Mexico (+31), 16. Tennessee (+45), 17. Furman (+47), 18. Tulsa (+66)
Players Results (Top-10 only)
1. Alison Lee, UCLA (-12), T2. Bronte Law, UCLA (-8), T2. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV (-8), 4. Sammi Stevens, New Mexico (-7) T5. Cajsa Persson, Iowa State (-6), T5. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver (-6), T7. Monica Vaughn, Arizona State (-5), T7. Dani Ordonez, Arizona State (-5), T7. Sirene Blair, San Diego State (-5), 10. Jessica Peng, Mississippi State (-4)