TU head coach Andrew Pratt and sophomore Gemma Dryburgh and the Green Wave will head to the Rebel Intercollegiate this weekend in search of the tournament title.
April 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 20th-ranked golfers hit the links for the fourth time this spring when the team makes the short trip north to participate in the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate, Friday-Sunday, April 5-7 at the Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford, Miss. The event is hosted by Ole Miss and admission to each round is free.
The three-day, 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day on the par-72, 6,313-yard course. Tulane will join golfers from Tulsa and East Tennessee State for Friday's first round and the groups will begin teeing off at 8:45 a.m. from the first hole. Saturday's second round will begin at 8 a.m., while Sunday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
The 18-team field features Baylor, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Furman, Harvard, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Murray State, Ole Miss, Redlands, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane and Tulsa.
Of the 18 teams, five teams are ranked among the nation's Top-50 squads, including Tulane, LSU (#25), Baylor (#27), Kentucky (#32), Coastal Carolina (#48) and Ole Miss (#50).
"We are extremely excited about going back to Ole Miss' tournament this weekend," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "It's another solid field and Michele (Drinkard) does a great job putting on an excellent tournament. We've had a pretty quick turnaround after the LSU Golf Classic but the team is ready to go. We've had a great start to this spring with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth place effort at our tournament so we will look to add a win to that this week. The team is very confident and they know it's only a matter of time before they break through."
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras is coming off a runner-up performance at the LSU Golf Classic and was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week for her efforts. Porras leads the team with a 73.29 scoring average, while freshman Emily Penttila is second on the team with a 73.90 average.
TU has three of Top-5 finishes in as many tournaments this spring, including a runner-up effort in the spring opener at the UCF Challenge a fourth-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship, and most recently a runner-up effort at the LSU Golf Classic two weeks ago. Dating back to the fall, the Wave has five Top-5 finishes in seven tournaments this season.
The Rebel Intercollegiate is a very familiar event to the Green Wave. Tulane participated among the field in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and came away with the team title in 2009 and 2010.
Baylor is the defending team champion after edging runner-up Tulsa by eight strokes for the 2012 title, while the Bears' Jaclyn Jensen captured individual medalist honors.