Tulane women golfers tie for ninth at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. — Tulane capped its season with a school-record ninth-place finish Friday. and senior Maribel Lopez Porras turned in a 14th-place finish for the program’s best individual effort at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Tulane tied with Oklahoma and Michigan State and completed the 72-hole event with a 39-over 1,191. The Green Wave’s ninth-place finish topped the previous mark of 15th set in its inaugural trip in 2005.

Porras is the only Tulane player to participate in three NCAA Championships, including twice with the team and once as an individual in 2011. She logged a four-round total of 2-over 291. Porras was one of 15 golfers to receive trophy from the NCAA for a top-15 finish.

Gemma Dryburgh turned in a 5-over 293 total, which was good enough for 17th place; freshman Silvia Garces registered a 14-over 302 for 58th place, while Madison Opfer carded a 24-over 312 total for 104th, and freshman Emily Penttila fired a 26-over 314 for 114th palce.

USC claimed the title with a 21-stroke victory over Duke, followed by Purdue, UCLA and Arizona State.

Annie Park of USC claimed individual medalist honors with a 6-stroke win over Duke’s Lindy Duncan.