Sept. 19, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 18th-ranked golf team returns to action this weekend as part of the 17-team field at the 17th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships, hosted by the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tenn.
The three-day, 54-hole event will run Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22 at the par-71, 5,897-yard Cherokee Country Club. Tulane will join golfers from UCF and South Carolina for Friday's first round and the groups will start from the 10th tee box beginning at 10:15 a.m.
The 2013 field includes No. 8 Arkansas, Campbell, Chattanooga, College of Charleston, Louisville, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rollins, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF and UTSA.
"I would like to see a little more consistency overall from our team this week, but I thought we were very close last week and we really showed signs of improvement, especially in the last round," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We need to continue the momentum of what we learned from that last round into this week's tournament. We have five golfers that are really playing well right now and Olivia (Winning) will play as an individual this week, so we will all be there trying to build on what we finished with last week."
Tulane will hit the links for their second tournament of the fall campaign with a line-up of junior Gemma Dryburgh, the sophomore trio of Silvia Garces, Madison Opfer and Emily Penttila and freshman Belen Goicoechea, while Winning will make her collegiate debut while playing as an individual.
Tulane is coming off a 10th-place finish at the Dale McNamara NCAA Fall Preview, an event which annually features the nation's top squads at the site of the upcoming NCAA Championship course. The Green Wave's effort was highlighted by sophomore Emily Penttila, who finished in sixth place, and was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week on Wednesday.
"In golf, you're going to make mistakes and we certainly made our share in the first two rounds last week. Hopefully this week, if we do get ourselves in trouble, we make good decisions and keep them to a minimum. We're playing at a high level and giving ourselves some great opportunities right now. This is a very competitive and talented team, who works hard and listens very well, and we have nowhere to go but up after last week," Don said.
Penn State is the defending team champion, while Purdue's Paula Reto took home the 2012 individual title.