Aug 26, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's Gemma Dryburgh represented her home country of Scotland last week at the prestigious 2013 Ladies British Open Stroke Play Championships and posted a 12-under effort to post a runner-up finish at Old Prestwick, the home of the Open Championship, in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Dryburgh, who hails from Aberdeen Scotland and begins her junior season with the Green Wave in 2013-14, carded the 12-under par finish with all four rounds under the par of 74 (the rating was 77). She entered the final three holes just one shot back of eventual champion, China's Jing Yan, but came up short by two shots. The final three holes saw Yan finish birdie-par-birdie to Dryburgh's's par-birdie-par effort.
With her second place finish, Dryburgh was one of only three British and Irish players under par and was nine strokes better than the second placed Britton, Amy Boulden from Wales. Dryburgh also earned the Duncan Salver Trophy for the best score for an under-23 golfer at the event.
"The whole week I putted really well and I only had two, three putts over the four rounds, which is a huge improvement for me," Dryburgh said. "It was a great experience playing on a links course again. Prestwick is where they played the first British Open so it was amazing to play on a course with so much history. It was disappointing losing in the end, but I played my heart out and I can take a lot of positives away from the whole week. Now, I am just looking forward to starting my junior year at the NCAA Fall Preview with a great, young Tulane team."
Dryburgh and the Green Wave golf team will begin the 2013-14 campaign at the Dale McNamara NCAA Fall Preview, Sept. 9-11, at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the site of the 2014 NCAA Championships.
During her sophomore campaign, she claimed two victories and was ranked No. 76 nationally by Golfweek.com in the final rankings. Dryburgh logged a 17th place finish with a 5-over 293 at the NCAA Championships, the second-best effort by a Tulane golfer at the event, and she completed the season with a 74.18 scoring average.