Oct. 26, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 43rd-ranked golf team embarks on the final tournament of the fall season this Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-30 and will look to conclude the campaign with a solid three-round effort at the fourth annual Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.
The Green Wave line-up will feature senior Maribel Lopez Porras, sophomore Gemma Dryburgh and the freshmen trio of Silvia Garces, Madison Opfer and Emily Penttila, and the TU contingent will be joined by players from Tennessee and host, UTSA, during Sunday's first round. The groups will tee off from the first hole, beginning at 11 a.m.
This year's field features No. 20 Baylor, Colorado, East Carolina, No. 34 Kentucky, No. 44 LSU, Louisville, Nebraska, North Texas, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 31 SMU, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 25 Texas A&M, No. 41 Texas State, Tulane, UTSA.
The groups will look to tame the par-72, 6,428-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Course and the format will feature tee times on Monday (starting at 8:30 a.m.) and a shotgun start on Tuesday (8:30 a.m.).
"We're excited to be playing in the Alamo Invitational and this field will feature another fantastic group of talented teams," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We've had the best preparation and practice since entering into Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational where we finished second to open the fall. We will again have another young team with three freshmen, a sophomore and one senior in the lineup but everyone is starting to play their best golf. I really look for us to be in contention going into the last round and finish off the fall season with a great tournament."
Tulane first played in this event in 2010, the second year of the tournament, and posted a fifth-place effort with a 20-over 884 total. UTSA is the defending team champion after edging runner-up, Baylor, by three strokes, while UTSA's Fabiola Arriaga is the defending individual medalist after posting a 3-under 213 a year ago.
Dryburgh leads the Wave through three tournaments with a 74.00 scoring average and was the individual medalist in the season opener at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational. Opfer and Porras are tied for second, each with a 75.00 average, while Penttila is fourth with a 75.22 and Garces rounds out the line-up with a 77.33.
All five of the Tulane's players have posted a Top-20 finish this fall and three players- Dryburgh, Penttila and Porras- have posted Top-10 finishes.