Oct. 30, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 43rd-ranked Green Wave produced one of the best rounds in school history today by combining for a scorching 8-under 280 total for a third place finish and senior Maribel Lopez Porras claimed her second individual title with a 7-under 209 total during the final round of the 2012 Alamo Invitational at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas.
Tulane golfers entered today's final round knowing that it was the last round of the fall season and the squad was determined to go out on a high note. The Green Wave responded with the second best round in school history, finishing just two strokes off the record of 278 set in 2009 at the LSU Golf Classic. TU completed the event with a 54-hole total of 1-under 863, which ranks as the third-best effort in school history.
The Wave not only turned in the best team performance of the day, but three of its five golfers-- Porras, sophomore Gemma Dryburgh, freshman Emily Penttila-- finished under par, which was also the most by any team in the field on the final day.
Porras carded a 3-under 69 today to go along with her 4-under 68 during the opening round and an even-par outing on Monday. Her 209 was a tournament record and was just one stroke shy of the school record of 208 set during the opening tournament of the 2012 fall campaign at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational by Dryburgh, who went on to capture her first individual title at the event.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, Porras became just the fourth golfer in the history of the Tulane program to win two or more individual titles. She claimed the 2012 Conference USA Championship for her first individual medalist honor. Porras is the first golfer to win two titles since Liliana Alvarez won a pair during her career with the Wave from 2002-05 and joins former standouts Carolin Landmann and Tulane Athletics Hall of Famer Pam Buff as the only TU golfers with two or more titles.
"Emily was another big contributor today. She's a freshman and shot 4-under today which was obviously huge for us. Gemma played well for us today with her 3-under score and Madison (Opfer) was 2-over. I know Silvia (Garces) will get a lot better before heading into the spring. This is a good way to complete the fall and should help us move up the rankings."
Penttila fired a career-low 4-under 68 and jumped from 24th to a 10th place finish, which gave her the second top-10 finish of her brief career. She overcame three bogeys with seven birdies on the day and finished with a 54-hole total of 2-under 214.
Dryburgh was 4-under through 17 holes and on pace to match Penttila, but a bogey on her final hole left her with a 3-under 69 score on the day, which matched Porras. Among her highlights for the tournament was producing a double eagle on the par-4, first hole today, which had given the Wave fits during the first two rounds. Dryburgh posted a 3-over 219 total for the event for 25th place.
Opfer finished the day with a 2-over 74 and earned a 30th place finish with a 5-over 221 total, while freshman Silvia Garces went to the clubhouse with an 8-over 80 today and finished 63rd overall with an 18-over 234 total.
Ninth-ranked Oklahoma completed its wire-to-wire run with an historic victory, setting the course record with a 16-under 848, while No. 25 Texas A&M was second and host UTSA tied the Green Wave for third place. Tulane finished ahead of five squads currently ranked ahead of the Wave in the GolfStat.com standings. The Wave completed the event with a combined 51 birdies and one double eagle.
"The team really worked hard to get ready for this tournament and it showed with the amount of birdies we made this week and with our finish. This is really a testament to all their hard work and I am very proud of them," Pratt said.
"Linn (Gustafsson) really helped out Madison with the first round and played an instrumental role in helping our golfers finish strong during today's final round," Pratt added.
Tulane will take the next few months off and return to action for the spring schedule, beginning with the UCF Challenge, Feb. 10-12, at the Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
T3 Tulane 287-296-280=863 (-1) 1 Maribel Lopez Porras 68-72-69=209 (-7) T10 Emily Penttila 74-72-68=214 (-2) T25 Gemma Dryburgh 74-76-69=219 (+3) T30 Madison Opfer 71-76-74=221 (+5) T63 Silvia Garces 75-79-80=234 (+18)
1. Oklahoma (-16), 2. Texas A&M (-8), T3. Tulane (-1), T3. UTSA (-1), 5. Baylor (+10), 6. Kentucky (+11), 7. SMU (+15), 8. LSU (+17), 9. East Carolina (+19), 10. Texas State (+24), 11. Louisville (+30), 12. Tennessee (+33), 13. Colorado (+58), 14. Nebraska (+60), 15. North Texas (+65)
Individual Results (top-10 golfers only)
1. Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane (-7), 2. Lauren Taylor, Baylor (-5), T3. Kaitlyn Rohrback, Oklahoma (-4), T3. Taylor Schmidt, Oklahoma (-4), T5. Natalie Reeves, Texas A&M (-3), T5. Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina (-3), T5. Hayley Davis, Baylor (-3), T5. Madalene Sagstrom, LSU (-3), T10. Emily Haas, Louisville (-2), T10. Emily Penttila (-2), T10. Fabiola Arriaga, UTSA (-2), T10. Sarah Beth Davis, Texas A&M (-2)