Emily Penttila leads Tulane with a 71.80 scoring average.
Oct. 11, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 17th-ranked golf team returns to action this Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-15, when the Green Wave hits the links for the 40th annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
The event will be comprised of 54 holes (18-Sunday, 18-Monday, 18-Tuesday) and will play on a 6,143-yard, par 72 course.
The 18-team field features four of the nation's Top-25 (Golfstat.com) squads, including UCLA (#2), Arizona State (#8), Iowa State (#14), Tulane (#17), along with Texas, Denver, New Mexico, Tulsa, UTSA, SMU, Mississippi State, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Furman, Princeton, TCU, San Diego State and UNLV.
"I think we've shown glimpses of consistency across the board and we're looking for all five of our golfers to play at a high level this week," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "We've had a great few weeks of practice, we played our Green Wave Solheim Cup and the team is playing well right now. We need to continue to make good decisions. We have been working on our wedges a lot so we need to take advantage of those shots when we have the opportunities. This is a great field, but just like any other tournament we have the mindset of winning the event."
Tulane enters its third tournament of the fall season and is coming off a third-place outing at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship last month. TU posted a 10th place effort in the fall opener at the prestigious Dale McNamara NCAA Fall Preview. The Green Wave has ranked as high as No. 11 already this season.
Sophomore Emily Penttila leads Tulane with a 71.80 scoring average, while classmate Silvia Garces is a close second at 72.00, while junior Gemma Dryburgh boasts a 72.40 average. Sophomore Madison Opfer has a 74.80 average, while freshman Belen Goicoechea has shot a 76.60 average thus far. Both Penttila and Garces have each garnered Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors this season.
Florida is the defending team champion after carding a 1-under 863 a year ago, while Florida's Camilla Hedberg fired an 8-under 208 and took home individual medalist honors last year after she defeated Alabama's Jennifer Kirby in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff.
The Longhorn Network (LHN) will air a two-hour Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 5 (Part 1 [day one and two highlights] - 7 p.m. Central; Part 2 [final round highlights] - 8 p.m.). Click here to see if Longhorn Network is available in your area.