May 2, 2013
New Orleans - On the same day he and his wife welcomed their second son into the world early this morning, Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt has been named the 2013 Conference USA Women's Golf Coach of the Year and four Green Wave golfers have been named to the All C-USA first and second teams, as it was announced today by the conference following a vote by the league's head coaches.
Tulane placed two golfers each on the All C-USA first and second teams. Senior Maribel Lopez Porras and freshman Emily Penttila were each tabbed to the first team, while sophomore Gemma Dryburgh and freshman Madison Opfer were both named to the second team. The Green Wave has now placed at least four golfers on the all-conference teams the last seven seasons of competition (The program was suspended in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from 2006-08).
"This is a great reward for our golfers and I am very proud of each of them for all the hard work they have put into this season," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "They are a tremendous and talented group that has improved with each week of the season and I believe having four players receive all-conference honors speaks volumes for our program. I am very happy for each of them and it is an honor to be selected as the Conference USA Coach of the Year."
Pratt and his wife, Sarah Buff Pratt, welcomed a bouncing baby boy, Weston Rountree Pratt, into the Tulane family this morning at 2:46 a.m. The addition to the Pratt family is the highlight of a banner season for Pratt and the Tulane golf program.
In the classroom, five Tulane golfers were named to both the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and to Tulane's 3.0 Club. His recruiting efforts were also recognized in December as Tulane was tabbed with the Top Freshman Class Making an Impact by Golfstat.com.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, Porras is a four-time All C-USA selection and has now earned first team honors the last three years after picking up third team honors as a freshman in 2010. She is Tulane's top golfer, who enters NCAA East Regional play ranked No. 56 nationally by Golfweek.com. Porras sports a 73.52 scoring average and claimed the second individual title of her career last fall at the Alamo Invitational.
She has carded nine rounds of par or better, including a season-best 4-under 68 during the opening round of the Alamo Invitational and has twice been named the C-USA Golfer of the Week and was the Tulane Athletics Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight time in her career.
Penttila hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, and is the first Tulane freshman to receive All C-USA first team honors since Daniela Holmqvist in 2009. This season, she ranks second on the team with a 73.92 scoring average and enters the NCAA East Regional ranked No. 57 by Golfweek.com. Penttila has logged nine rounds of par or better, including a 5-under 67 during the opening round of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Classic, which tied the school record for the lowest round.
She posted a career-best third place effort in her first collegiate event, the Old Waverly Bulldog Classic, and was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week this spring and was tabbed to the C-USA All-Tournament team.
A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Dryburgh is a two-time member of the All C-USA teams, but a first time selection to the second team. She was an all-conference third team performer as a freshman a year ago. This season, Dryburgh ranks tied for third on the team with a 74.65 scoring average and is currently ranked No. 104 nationally by Golfweek.com.
Dryburgh has two victories this season, including the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational and at the Conference USA Championships, although she lost in a three-way play-off for individual medalist honors. She has seven rounds of par or better, including a career-low 4-under 68 during the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Classic.
Opfer, who hails from Plant City, Fla., is TU's second rookie to collect all-league honors. She is tied with Dryburgh for third on the team in scoring with a 74.65 average and enters the NCAA East Regional ranked No. 108 nationally by Golfweek.com.
She has four rounds of par or better, including a 5-under 67 during the opening round of the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate, which tied the school record for the lowest round, and posted a career-best eighth-place finish at the C-USA Championships.
Third Team All-C-USA
Fanny Wolte, East Carolina
Elizabeth Haycock, Old Dominion
Kristina Merkle, Tulsa
Antonia Von Wnuck, Tulsa
Carolin Pinegger, UCF
Player of the Year:
Frida Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina Freshman of the Year:
Frida Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina Co-Most Improved Players of the Year:
Melanie White, SMU/Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa Coach of the Year: Andrew Pratt, Tulane