College Women

Tulane leads Duke, UCLA by one at Sugar Bowl

Tulane's Maribel Lopez Porras (file photo)
Tulane's Maribel Lopez Porras (file photo) ( Tracy Wilcox )

Monday, February 25, 2013

Editor's note: Monday's second round was canceled because of weather. Play will resume Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start for the final round

Tulane’s trend in the 2012-2013 season had been one of top-3 finishes. It’s happened three times so far for the Green Wave. If they break it this week, it could be one of the most significant wins in recent program history.

Tulane, ranked No. 29 by Golfweek, has a one-shot lead after the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, a tournament that features 10 schools in Golfweek’s top 25. Tulane shot 6-under 282 on Sunday at English Turn G&CC and leads Duke, No. 3, and UCLA, No. 22.

“I thought everyone played great today and contributed to our 6-under par effort,” Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. “I know our golfers really enjoyed playing with second-ranked Duke and Alabama, the defending national champions. Those are two outstanding programs and it was great to compete against those schools today.

“The conditions were tough starting out and the wind picked up and the temperature dropped during the last five to six holes, but Emily and Gemma played really well from start to finish and they helped us tremendously. This was a total team effort and we are looking forward to Monday.”

Alabama is in fourth at 3-under 285 and Florida is fifth at 2-under 286.

Tulane counted a 67 from freshman Emily Penttila, the individual leader, and a 68 from sophomore Gemma Dryburgh, who is tied for second with Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow. Silvia Garces added 73 and Maribel Lopez Porras had 74.

Tee times were moved up for Sunday’s opening round and reorganized into a shotgun start as inclement weather was expected to move into the area.

Information from Tulane Athletics used in this report