March 21, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The 24th-ranked Tulane golf team returns to action this weekend when it makes the short trip to Baton Rouge to participate in the 2013 LSU Golf Classic at the University Club. The event is hosted by LSU and will run Friday-Sunday, March 22-24. Admission to each round is free.
The three-day, 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day on the par-72, 6,305-yard course. Tulane will join golfers from Ole Miss and Missouri for Friday's first round and the groups will begin teeing off at 9:20 a.m. Saturday's second round will begin at 9 a.m., while Sunday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
This year's 14-team field features Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Tulane ULM, UNC Wilmington and Wake Forest.
The 2013 field includes nine teams ranked among the nation's Top-50 programs. The Lady Razorbacks are the highest ranked squad at No. 8, followed by Georgia (No. 18), North Carolina State (No. 20), Tulane, Tennessee (No. 29), LSU (No. 30), Kentucky (No. 36), Florida State (No. 43) and Ole Miss (No. 48).
"The LSU Golf Classic is a great event and we are excited to get started," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "This team has worked very hard over the past weeks to get ready for this event and I believe we are ready to play. We have a solid game plan so it's important that we follow it every round. Coach (Karen) Bahnsen and her staff run a great tournament and we are happy to be back in the field after a one-year hiatus."
Tulane returns to action for the first time since hosting the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in late February. The Green Wave recorded a fourth-place finish in its own tournament and placed ahead of eight teams ranked ahead of it in the national rankings at the time.
TU has a pair of Top-5 finishes in as many tournaments this spring, including a runner-up effort in the spring opener at the UCF Challenge. Dating back to the fall, the Wave has four Top-5 finishes in six tournaments.
Sophomore Gemma Dryburgh ranks third on the team in scoring with a 74.35 average, which puts her in 125th place in the country, and she has five rounds of par or better. Freshman Madison Opfer has a 74.64 scoring average and two subpar rounds, while classmate Silvia Garces enters this week's tournament with a 76.70 scoring average and also has two subpar rounds.
Tennessee is the defending team champion after edging LSU by two strokes a year ago, while North Carolina's Catherine O'Donnell and Tennessee's Erica Popson shared individual medalist honors.