July 13, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane's Emily Penttila added one final award to her sensational sophomore campaign as she was named a 2013-14 All-America Scholar by the Women's Collegiate Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). The criteria for the WGCA All-America Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is a 3.50.
A native of Helsinki, Finland, Penttila not only excelled on the course, but in the classroom as well with a 3.571 GPA in business management. She is the first Green Wave golfer to earn All-America Scholar honors from the WCGA since Stephanie Wagstaff in 2012. The academic award was just one of a slew awards for the sophomore in 2013-14.
Penttila was named the Conference USA and Louisiana Golfer of the Year, was named to both the All C-USA and All-Louisiana first teams and was tabbed as the team's Most Outstanding Player. She was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week on Sept. 18 and was also selected to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and to Tulane's 3.0 Club.
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. She produced four Top-10 finishes, including a season-low third place effort at the C-USA Championships.
Penttila 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.
Last week, Penttila and rising senior Gemma Dryburgh each represented their respective home countries at the European Ladies Team Championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Penttila played for Finland and led her team to a runner-up finish in Flight A, while Dryburgh and her Scottish teammates finished 13th overall in Flight B.
This week, rising junior Madison Opfer will be one of 156 golfers competing at the USGA WAPL Championship, July 14-19, at the Home Course in Dupont, Wash. Following two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the field will be cut to 64 golfers with the lowest scores for match play. There will be six match-play rounds with the final match being contested over 36 holes.