Tulane's Emily Penttila is the 2014 Louisiana Player of the Year.
May 31, 2014
New Orleans - The Tulane golf team punctuated one of the top seasons in school history today with a near-sweep of the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) annual collegiate golf awards, as it was announced by the organization.
Fresh off a 15th place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Green Wave once again proved it's not just one of the top programs in the state, but on the national level as well. Tulane sophomore Emily Penttila was named the 2014 Louisiana Player of the Year, while first-year head coach Lorne Don was tabbed the Louisiana Coach of the Year and three Green Wave golfers were selected to the All-LSWA women's golf team.
For the second straight season and the fourth time in the last six years, a Green Wave golfer and head coach collected the state's top honors. Penttila is the eighth Tulane golfer to receive player of the year honors and the fourth player since 2009, while Don is the fourth TU coach to earn coach of the year honors. Tulane coaches have now received this award a total of nine times, including four times since 2009.
Penttila, who hails from Helsinki, Finland, is a first time selection as the state's player of the year and is a repeat performer to the All-Louisiana team. The 2014 Conference USA Golfer of the Year and All C-USA first team performer, Penttila rewrote the school's single season scoring average with a 72.50 and played 34 rounds in 12 tournaments.
Her rounds counted toward the team score 30 times and she recorded 15 rounds of par or better, including a school single-round low of 7-under 65 during the opening round of the NCAA East Regionals. Penttila produced four Top-10 finishes, including a season-low third place effort at the C-USA Championships.
In his first season at Tulane, Don took over a program with one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen and led Tulane the 2014 C-USA title, a seventh-place finish at the NCAA East Regionals and a 15th-place effort in the national championship rounds. Under Don, the Wave produced five Top-5 finishes and eight total Top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments, and the team produced nine rounds of par or better.
Individually, TU golfers finished par or better a total of 55 times and combined to post the second-best 54-hole total in school history with an 8-under 856 at the C-USA Championships. Tulane's scoring average of 291.65 was the best in a single season and one of the top 10 efforts in the nation during the 2013-14 campaign.
A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Dryburgh is a three-time selection to the All-Louisiana team. This past season, she was an All C-USA first team performer and was named to the 2014 Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Curtis Cup Team. Dryburgh played 31 rounds in 11 tournaments and ranked second on the team with a 73.39 scoring average, which was the third-best effort in a single season. Her rounds counted toward the team total on 27 occasions and she owned 10 rounds of par or better, including a season-low 4-under 68 during the opening round of the C-USA Championships.
Dryburgh notched three Top-10 finishes, including a runner-up effort at the conference championships.
Garces is a first-time selection to the All-Louisiana squad. The Cali, Colombia, native was an All C-USA second team pick and was named C-USA's Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 season. She tied for third on the team with a 73.76 scoring average, which was also the fifth-best average in a single season.
Garces produced eight rounds of par or better, including a season-low 2-under total on several occasions. She played 33 rounds in 12 tournaments and her score counted toward the team total 27 times. Garces also posted a pair of runner-up finishes this past season.
Women's Golf All-Louisiana
Emily Penttila, Tulane So. Helsinki, Finland Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane Jr. Aberdeen, Scotland Sydney Martien, McNeese Sr. Lafayette, La. Silvia Garces, Tulane So. Cali, Colombia Caroline Nistrup, LSU Fr. Dragoer, Denmark Alison Knowles, ULM So. Mexborough, England Madelene Sagstrom, LSU Jr. Enkoping, Sweden