May 29, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane senior Maribel Lopez Porras added another honor to her already distinguished career today as she received honorable mention All-America honors from the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and becomes the first golfer in school history to receive multiple All-America honors after receiving the same award from Golfweek in 2011.
"This is a tremendous honor for Maribel and our golf program," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "She is a very talented and hard-working golfer so it's great to see her rewarded for all of her efforts. Maribel has been a great asset and ambassador to our program and leaves as one of our greatest golfers. This is yet another great accomplishment for Maribel and I am very proud of her."
Porras, who hails from Bogota, Colombia, led the Green Wave to a Conference USA Championship, a school-best second place finish at the NCAA East Regionals and to a school-record ninth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She completed her collegiate career with a 14th place finish at last week's national championships and is ranked No. 38 by Golfstat.com in the final individual national rankings of the year.
This past season, Porras helped the Wave to eight Top-5 finishes in 11 tournaments, which included four runner-up finishes, and the record finish at nationals. Tulane completed the season ranked 13th in the country in the final Golfstat.com poll.
Individually in 2012-13, she played 30 rounds in 10 events and sported a school single-season record 73.30 (2,199 strokes) scoring average and carded 13 rounds of par or better. She posted a career-best and tied the school record for the lowest individual round with a 5-under 67 during the second round of the NCAA Championships, and notched three Top-5 efforts and six Top-20 finishes. Porras was the runner-up at the LSU Golf Classic and her score counted in 27 of the 30 rounds she played.
One of the program's most decorated golfers, the two-time honorable mention All-American leaves Tulane as a four-time All C-USA selection, the winner of two C-USA Championships (2010, 2013), the owner of eight school career or single season records and is the only golfer in school history to compete in three NCAA Championships, including two as a participant (2010, 2013) and once as an individual in 2011.
She received her bachelor's degree in communication with a minor in political science two weeks ago and plans to play professional golf.
WGCA 1st Team All-American
Brittany Altomare, University of Virginia
Lindy Duncan, Duke University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Kyung Kim, USC
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Grace Na, Pepperdine University
Annie Park, USC
Sophia Popov, USC
Paula Reto, Purdue University
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford University
WGCA 2nd Team All-American
Emilie Burger, University of Georgia
Doris Chen, USC
Hayley Davis, Baylor University
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech University
SooBin Kim, University of Washington
Tiffany Lua, UCLA
Erica Popson, University of Tennessee
Demi Runas, University of California, Davis
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State University
WGCA Honorable Mention All-American
Laetitia Beck, Duke University
Celine Boutier, Duke University
Manon Gidali, University of Arizona
Casey Grice, University of North Carolina
Camilla Hedberg, University of Florida
Cassy Isagawa, University of Oregon
Jennifer Kirby, University of Alabama
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane University
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University
Krista Puisite, Texas State University
Marta Sanz, Auburn University
Kelly Shon, Princeton University
AC Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Emily Tubert, University of Arkansas
Lindsey Weaver, University of Notre Dame
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State University