Oct. 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The 43rd-ranked Tulane golf team combined for a season-low 1-under 287 total and sits in third place, while senior Maribel Lopez Porras tied her career-low for a single round with a 4-under 68 and is third place in the individual race following the opening round of the 2012 Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.
Playing the Briggs Ranch Golf Course for the first time since 2010, the Green Wave was three teams to finish under par, while a total of 11 players finished under par on Sunday.
Tulane was one of the first groups off the tee box this morning and made the most of its early opportunities with a combined 12 birdies coming on the first nine holes.
Porras stumbled with a double bogey on her first hole and then rose to 3-over after a bogey on the fourth hole. However, the season veteran dug in and began one of the best comebacks of her career. She responded with birdies on three of her final four holes and dropped back to even at the turn. On the back nine, she registered four more birdies and turned in her finest round since the second round of the Windy City Collegiate as a freshman in 2009.
Freshman Madison Opfer overcame three bogeys on the day, including three on the front nine, with four birdies to chalk up a career-low with a 1-under 71 and sits in 11th place.
Tulane, SMU and Oklahoma golfers will play together during Monday's second round and the groups will begin teeing off from the first hole at 9:50 a.m.
"Today was a really good start for us overall as a team and I was very happy with the way our golfers came out and made as many birdies as we did," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "Maribel had a really good day at 4-under and Madison did as well with her 1-under score and I thought our other three golfers were solid. We shot 16 total birdies for the scores that counted and only finished 1-under as a team so we need to clean up a few mistakes and improve for tomorrow's round."
Ninth-ranked Oklahoma combined for a 9-under 279 total to set a new course record and joined No. 31 SMU (second place) and No. 43 Tulane as the only teams to finish under par for the round. No. 25 Texas A&M is in fourth place, while host UTSA rounds out the top five squads.
A pair of individuals is tied for first on the leaderboard. Baylor's Hayley Davis and SMU's Jennifer Park each fired 5-under 67s and are tied for first, while Porras and two Oklahoma players- Kaitlyn Rohrback and Taylor Schmidt- are each two strokes back.
3 Tulane 287 (-1) T3 Maribel Lopez Porras 68 (-4) T11 Madison Opfer 71 (-1) T31 Emily Penttila 74 (+2) T31 Gemma Dryburgh 74 (+2) T39 Silvia Garces 75 (+3)
1. Oklahoma (-9), 2. SMU (-2), 3. Tulane (-1), 4. Texas A&M (+1), 5. UTSA (+2), T6. LSU (+3), T6. Baylor (+3), T8. Tennessee (+4), T8. Kentucky (+4), 10. East Carolina (+6), 11. Texas State (+12), 12. Louisville (+13), 13. Colorado (+15), 14. Nebraska (+20), North Texas (+23)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
T1. Hayley Davis, Baylor (-5), T1. Jennifer Park, SMU (-5), T3. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane (-3), T3. Kaitlyn Rohrback, Oklahoma (-4), T3. Taylor Schmidt, Oklahoma (-4), 6. Sarah Beth Davis, Texas A&M (-3), T7. Emily Cousins, Oklahoma (-2), T7. Emily Haas, Louisville (-2), T7. Heather Lott, Kentucky (-2), T7. Natalie Reeves, Texas A&M (-2)