Dec. 18, 2012
New Orleans - Tulane's freshmen class of Silvia Garces, Madison Opfer and Emily Penttila needed less than a year to make an immediate impact on the Green Wave's nationally prominent golf program. After just four fall tournaments, the trio has been tabbed as the nation's top freshman class to impact their team according to Golfstat.com.
"I'm very proud of my first recruiting class and their ranking is a testament to their dedication and work ethic last fall," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "They each possess the tools to become outstanding collegiate golfers and I know they will continue to work hard this off-season."
In four tournaments last fall, the trio combined for a 75.47 scoring average, two top-10 finishes, four top-20 showings and seven rounds of par or better. The group helped Tulane to two top-3 finishes as well.
Garces played in every tournament and completed the fall campaign with a 77.50 scoring average. She turned in her best performance in the season opener with an 18th place effort at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
Opfer also played in every tournament and has already proven to be one of the team's most consistent golfers by shooting 76 or better in 11 of 12 rounds and posting a 74.67 scoring average in her first fall campaign. She produced two rounds of par or better, including a 1-under 71 during the opening round of the Alamo Invitational, and posted her best finish with a 15th-place showing at the Mason Rudolph Invitational.
Penttila led the group with a scoring average of 74.25, a low round 4-under 68 and notched two top-10 finishes in four tournaments, including a third-place effort at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational and a 10th place effort at the Alamo Invitational. She registered five rounds of par or better and her 212 total ranks as the seventh-best 54-hole total in school history.
The trio returns to action when the Green Wave opens the 2013 spring campaign at the UCF Challenge, Feb. 10-12 at the Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.