Jan. 29, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane junior golf standout Gemma Dryburgh made the long trek to Colombia last week to represent the Scottish National Team and Dryburgh did not disappoint, firing a 13-over 301 total during the 72-hole event to post a runner-up finish, Jan. 22-25, in the South American Amateur Championship at the Barranquilla Golf Club in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Dryburgh, who hails from Aberdeen, Scotland, played in a constant wind, sometimes averaging over 30 miles per hour, and posted scores of 73, 77, 76 and 75, and finished just one stroke off the leader, Lucia Gutierrez of Peru.
Dryburgh also posted a runner-up in the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship last August, and should gain additional World Amateur Ranking points to boost her claim for a place in the Great Britain and Ireland team for the defense of the Curtis Cup at St Louis, Mo., this upcoming June.
"I really enjoyed the experience playing in Colombia," Dryburgh said. "It was very windy so concentration was really important on every shot. It was a great way to start the year and it was fun to play with some of the best players from across the world. Now I'm really looking forward to starting the spring season at UCF with my teammates."
Dryburgh and the Green Wave golf team will make their spring debut at the UCF Challenge, Feb. 9-11, at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
2. 73-77-76-75=301 (+13)