Sophomore Emily Penttila and the 18th-ranked Green Wave will close out the fall at the Alamo Invitational.
Oct. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The 18th-ranked Tulane golf team will close out the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule at the 2013 Alamo Invitational, this Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 27-29, at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
The tournament will be played on a par 72, 6,428-yard course and will feature an 11 a.m. tee time on Sunday and an 8:30 a.m. start on Monday, while Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.
The 15-team field features five squads ranked among the nation's Top-25, according to GolfStat.com, including No. 7 Arkansas, Baylor, No. 17 Florida, Florida State, Louisville, No. 25 LSU, No. 5 Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, host UTSA and Tulane.
The Wave will be playing without the services of junior Gemma Dryburgh, who will be out of the line-up this week and representing her home country of Scotland at the 2013 Spirit International Amateur Championship, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
The Green Wave's lineup for the Alamo Invitational will be composed of the sophomore trio of Silvia Garces, Madison Opfer and Emily Penttila, along with the freshmen duo of Belen Goicoechea and Olivia Winning. The event will mark the first time this fall that both freshmen will be in the Tulane lineup.
"We've had some strong individual performances so far this fall and it has really been a good fall for us overall," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "Our goal is to finish out the fall with a full team effort for 54 holes. I know we are capable of doing so because we've shown glimpses of it, but we need to do it for an entire tournament.
"We'll be playing without Gemma, but this gives us an opportunity to see both freshmen in the line-up at the same time. They will both have a chance to prove themselves we'll get a chance to see our depth. We realize we will be missing our leader, but it gives our players a chance to step up into her place this weekend," Don said.
Tulane finished 10th at the prestigious Dale McNamara NCAA Fall Preview, third at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship and sixth at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.
Oklahoma is the defending champion after combining for a 16-under 848 total a year ago, while former Tulane two-time All-American Maribel Lopez Porras claimed individual medalist honors with a 7-under 209 effort.
Dryburgh, meanwhile, will have the honor of representing her home country next week. She will team up with fellow Scots Grant Forrest, Ewan Scott and Rachael Watton and the foursome will compete among 80 players representing 20 nations at the event.
Each group consists of two male and two female players from each country. Watton plays collegiately at the University of Denver, where she is coached by former Green Wave golf standout Lindsay (Hulwick) Kuhle (2002-05).
"I am very excited for Gemma because it is not often you have the chance to represent your country in international competition. We are very happy and excited for her and the opportunity she has in front of her this weekend. I guarantee she will represent both Tulane and Scotland very well," Don said.
The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is a world class golf event. It features the world's best amateur men and amateur women golfers as they represent their respective country in team and individual competitions. The 80 participants enjoy an Olympic like experience from the Opening/Closing Ceremonies, international village and competing for gold medals.
The World Health & Golf Association and Texas Golf Association invite 20 countries from six continents to participate. Established in 2001, The Spirit is a biennial event that alternates tournament years with the World Amateur Team Championships.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for my country in such a big international event," Dryburgh said. "The entire event is going to be great fun competing against some of the best players from across the world. Being selected to play for Scotland is a great honor that will never get old, but this week will seem extra special.
"My goals for this week are to win, but if not I would love for us to be up in the top five. I think a great goal for us is to be in contention throughout each round of the tournament. I am also very excited to meet some great people from different countries along the way."