Women's fall countdown: No. 25 Tulane
Next up on our women's 2014 fall countdown, No. 25 Tulane:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season.
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Preseason rank: 25
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 30
2013-14 in review: Tulane followed a lackluster fall (the team’s best finish was third at the Mercedes-Benz) with a very solid spring that included a victory at the Conference USA Championship and an NCAA Championship berth. The highlight of the season was a 15th-place finish at the national championship, which put the Green Wave on a high entering the off season.
Notable departure: None
Key returnees: Gemma Dryburgh, Emily Penttila, Silvia Garces
Newcomers of note: None
Circled on fall calendar: Windy City Collegiate
Fall outlook: As Lorne Don begins his second season at the helm of the Tulane program, the key word for the Green Wave is consistency. Tulane returns its entire roster from last season, with no new faces. All the pieces are there in the lineup – from Dryburgh, the GB&I Curtis Cupper, to Penttila, the Finnish standout, to Garces, last fall’s leading scorer. Two other bright spots include Madison Opfer, who came up big for Tulane at the NCAA Championship, and Belen Goicoechea, a sophomore from Argentina with great potential. Tulane will test itself right out of the gate – the season starts with the Mason Rudolph and the Windy City, and both feature deep fields.