Nov. 13, 2013
Former Tulane All-American Maribel Lopez Porras is one step closer to becoming just the second Green Wave golfer to join the LPGA ranks, as she fired a 3-over 291 total during the 72-hole LPGA Qualifying Tournament - Stage II last month at the Panther and Bobcat courses at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.
Entering the event, Porras needed a top 80 finish and her score netted her a 45th place effort, which automatically placed her in the third and final event of qualifying school, the LPGA Stage III Qualifying Tournament.
The top 80 players, including ties, advanced on to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, Dec. 4-8, at LPGA International, Jones and Hills courses, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Porras will attempt to join former Tulane golfer Alison Walshe, who is currently on the LPGA Tour. Porras, who starred at Tulane from 2009-13 and completed her career as one of the Green Wave's most decorated player, is in her first year of Qualifying School, or Q-School as it is known. Porras is poised heading into the final qualifying round and will look continue her success on one of the biggest stages of her young career.
"I am very satisfied with my game and the results of the first two stages," Porras said. "I am not going to challenge myself in any way possible. I am going to stick to my process, my routine and how I have been practicing in the last six months."
Porras, who graduated with her degree in communication with a minor in political science from Tulane in May 2013, is one of nearly 200 individuals seeking their tour card.
"Q-school is a different stage. It is a competition that not only tests your golf skills, but your pure mental abilities. Q-school is a combination of physical and mental traits, which are important keys to handle in the correct way in every shot. Q-school is the best test made for golfers from all around the world," Porras said.
During her career at Tulane, the Green Wave golf team experienced perhaps its greatest stretch in program history with two NCAA Championship appearances, including a school-best ninth place finish in 2013, a pair of Conference USA titles and Porras became the first individual in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 2011, the same season she was named the C-USA Golfer of the Year. With her college days in her rearview mirror, Porras reflects positively on her Tulane experience, but knows she now has to be more self-reliant on her physical talents and mental toughness.
"Every time I look back at my collegiate career at Tulane, I feel that the entire four years were one amazing experience. During those four years we won multiple titles and we were in contention many times. I think my best memories are those when the entire team was decided to go out there and create the best out of every situation," Porras said.
"My biggest adjustment is recognizing that I am no longer part of a team. I know that my results are created by me and no one else. This involves a more patient and understanding personality in the golf course, which has been helping me to recognize my own limits and capabilities in the game," Porras added.
Click here for LPGA - Stage II Results.