Sept. 20, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 34th-ranked golf team returns to action this weekend as one of 15 of the nation's top golf programs teeing it up for the 12th annual Mason Rudolph Championships this Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23, at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course in Franklin, Tenn.
The Green Wave will look to tame the par-72, 6,312-yard course and will open Friday's first round with golfers from Wake Forest and Tennessee-Chattanooga and the groups will begin teeing off from the first hole at 9:30 a.m.
The 15-team field features host No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 19 Arizona, No. 9 Georgia, No. 40 Kentucky, No. 26 Michigan State, Memphis, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 28 Oregon, No. 37 Stanford, Texas, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 34 Tulane, Chattanooga, No. 17 Virginia and No. 42 Wake Forest.
"We've had a quick turnaround with only six days of practice but the team has worked very hard over these last few days to prepare for this event," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We will miss Maribel this week but this team is more than capable of competing at this tournament. The Mason Rudolph is an outstanding tournament with an unbelievable star-studded field. There will be seven Top-25 teams in the field so we'll get to see where we stack up among some of the best in the country. I look for us to pick up where we left off two weeks ago."
Senior Maribel Lopez Porras will not be in the line-up for the Wave this weekend, but instead will be half a world away in the line-up for her home country of Colombia as part of the 2012 World Amateur Championships, Sept. 23-26, at the Antalya Golf Club (Sultan Course) and the Cornelia Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.
A rising senior from Bogota, Colombia, Porras will be joined by teammates Laura Blanco, who plays at Arizona State, and Alejandra Cangrejo, who is a member of the Duke squad, and only two scores will count each round. This event is perhaps one if not the most important tournament for amateurs, and most importantly for players of different ages which are not yet professionals or did not decide to follow that path.
Tulane opened the season with a second place performance behind Kentucky at the Old Waverly Bulldog Championship two weeks ago. Dryburgh led from wire-to-wire and captured her first collegiate individual title and was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week this past Wednesday.
Last year's Mason Rudolph Fall Preview was won by UCLA, who captured the team title over eventual national champion Alabama by six strokes. Duke first-team All-American Lindy Duncan won medalist honors in a playoff over the Crimson Tide's Jennifer Kirby.