No. 18 Tulane Women's Golf Begins Lorne Don Era this Week at NCAA Fall Preview

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Tulane first-year head coach Lorne Don (with sophomore Madison Opfer) will lead the No. 18 Green Wave into action at the NCAA Fall Preview this week.
Tulane first-year head coach Lorne Don (with sophomore Madison Opfer) will lead the No. 18 Green Wave into action at the NCAA Fall Preview this week.

Sep 8, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - The 18th-ranked Tulane women's golf team will open its first season under head coach Lorne Don this week when the Green Wave begins the 2013-14 campaign at the Dale McNamara NCAA Fall Preview, Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 9-11, at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

The annual Fall Preview will feature a 54-hole event with 18 holes each day and the teams will tee off on Monday at 8:00 a.m. (CT) from the 1st and 10th tees.

Don was named the fifth head coach in the 24-year history of the Green Wave's golf program on July 12, 2013. Don inherits a team that returns four of six golfers from last year's squad that posted a school-record ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, a runner-up effort at the NCAA East Regionals and recorded the school's fifth Conference USA title.

Tulane enters the 2013-14 campaign ranked as high as 18th by GolfWorld.com and sophomore Emily Penttila was tabbed to GolfWorld.com's Top-50 Female Players to Watch. Penttila is TU's top returner with a 74.14 scoring average as a freshman a year ago. Also returning is junior Gemma Dryburgh, who was third on the team with a 74.18 average and notched and 18th place finish at last year's national championships, followed by the sophomore duo of Madison Opfer (74.64) and Silvia Garces (75.97).

A pair of standout freshmen dots this year's roster, including Belen Goicoechea and Olivia Winning.

"I am very excited to get started on Monday and really looking forward to this event," Don said. "Aside from the national championships and regionals, the Fall Preview is one of the biggest tournaments of the year because you have all the best teams at the site of next year's national championship. For a first tournament as a head coach, it's exciting, but a little nerve-racking at the same time, but this team is playing well and I believe we are prepared for this field.

"I believe a top five finish would be a great start for this season. The team has very high goals for this season and this is a great chance to go against some great teams. One of our goals is to win every tournament and there is no reason why this event would be any different."

The 2013 Dale McNamara Fall Preview will be played at the par 70, 6,136-yard Tulsa Country Club, which will host the 2014 NCAA Championships next May. The course also hosted the 1999 NCAA Women's National Championship.

The 15-team field includes the who's-who of women's collegiate golf, including top-ranked and defending national champion USC, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Duke, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Stanford, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 North Carolina, No. 17 Georgia, No. 18 Tulane, No. 19 Texas and host Tulsa.

"A lot of the things we have really been stressing these first couple of weeks are limiting mistakes. There will be holes on any course that will be difficult and can jump up and bite you, so it's important that we get out of trouble with one shot and we have emphasized our wedges, short game and putting and execute those shots at a high level," Don said.