June 3, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's women's golf program continues to reap the benefits of one of the finest seasons in school history and that success has translated into several postseason awards for its head coach and several golfers as the Green Wave dominated the 2013 Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) College Golf honors.
Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt was named the Louisiana Coach of the Year, while senior Maribel Lopez Porras was tabbed as the state's golfer of the year and freshman Emily Penttila was selected as the freshman of the year. Sophomore Gemma Dryburgh joined both Porras and Penttila on the 2013 All-Louisiana Golf team.
In his second season at the helm Tulane's golf program, Pratt led the Wave to a Conference USA title, a school-best runner-up finish at the NCAA East Regionals and to a school-record ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships. Tulane posted eight Top-5 finishes in 11 tournaments, which included four runner-up finishes, and completed the season ranked 13th in the country in the final Golfstat.com poll. Pratt is the third Tulane golf coach to receive the state's top coaching award, joining Sue Bower (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) and John Thomas Horton (2009, 2010).
Porras is a three-time selection to the All-LSWA team and is a first time recipient of player of the year honors. She is seventh Green Wave golfer to receive the award and the first since Janine Fellows in 2010.
A two-time honorable mention All-American, Porras was named to the All-Conference USA first team for the third time in her career, was twice named the C-USA Golfer of the Week and was the Tulane Athletics Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season. She concluded the year ranked No. 38 nationally in the final golfstat.com poll.
Penttila, who hails from Helsinki, Finland, is the first Tulane rookie to receive All-Louisiana Freshman of the Year honors since Porras in 2010. This past season, Penttila played 33 rounds in 11 tournaments and set the Tulane freshman stroke record with a 74.25 average, which was also good enough for the fourth-best scoring mark in a single season.
An All C-USA first team selection, Penttila completed the season ranked No. 60 by Golfweek.com. She was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week on Feb. 27 and was also tabbed to the C-USA All-Tournament team and the NCAA East Region squad. She logged 11 rounds of par or better, including a school-record 5-under 67 during the opening round of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Classic, and had six Top-10 finishes and seven total Top-20 showings.
A two-time selection to the All-Louisiana squad, Dryburgh played 33 rounds in 11 events and sported a 74.18 scoring average, which ranked third on the team and is fifth among TU's single season leaders. She claimed two individual victories and was ranked No. 76 nationally by Golfweek.com in the final rankings. Her 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the second-best effort by a Tulane golfer at the event.
A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Dryburgh was named to the All C-USA second team, the All C-USA Tournament team and was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week on Sept. 19. She registered 11 rounds of par or better, including a career-low 4-under 68 during the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Classic, had two Top-5 finishes and four total Top-20 showings and set the school 54-hole record with an 8-under 208 total at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
Women's Golf All-Louisiana
Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane, Sr., Bogota, Columbia
Emily Penttila, Tulane, Fr., Helsinki, Finland
Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, So., Enkoping, Sweden
Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane, So., Aberdeen, Scotland
Lina Lagergren, McNeese, Sr., Ahus, Sweden