Tulane Golfers set to Open 2012 Fall Campaign at Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational on Monday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior Meghan Chapman returns to the Green Wave line-up after sitting out last season with an injury.
Senior Meghan Chapman returns to the Green Wave line-up after sitting out last season with an injury.

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NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's golf team will hit the links for the first time this season when they open the 2012 fall campaign at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 10- 12, at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.

The Old Waverly Golf Club is a par-72, 6,204-yard course and features an 11-team tournament field comprised of Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Memphis, host Mississippi State, Murray State, Southern Miss, Tulane, South Florida, South Alabama, and Kennesaw State.

The first round will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, with split tee times. Tulane golfers will join players from Kennesaw State and South Florida and the groups will begin teeing off from the first hole at 10:20 a.m. The Green Wave's line-up for this week includes seniors Meghan Chapman and Maribel Lopez Porras, sophomore Gemma Dryburgh and the freshmen duo of Silvia Garces and Madison Opfer.

Tuesday's round will begin with a 9/11 Tribute at 8 a.m. followed by split tee times at 8:30 a.m. and the event will conclude with final-round action beginning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Wednesday.

"We're extremely excited about competing in our first tournament this fall," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "This is a new tournament on our schedule with a solid field to kick off our 2012-13 season. Everyone on the team has put in a lot of quality practice the last eight days or so after Hurricane Isaac and it's now starting to show. This team is fairly young with three freshmen, a sophomore and two seniors but they have a ton of talent.

"We will be working extremely hard each and every week so that we can perform our best when it matters the most. I have lofty goals for this team and they know exactly what is expected. Our goal is to win a conference title and return to the NCAA Championship and that journey begins on Monday."

Porras, a three-time All-Conference USA selection and 2011 honorable mention All-America performer, returns to lead the Green Wave. During her junior campaign, she led the team with a 75.36 average and captured individual medalist honors at the 2012 Conference USA Championships.

Dryburgh is coming off a very production freshman campaign, finishing second on the team with a 75.48 average, while Chapman returns to the line-up after sitting out the majority of the season with an injury.