Tulane women’s golf wraps up fall season, sets eyes on spring tournaments

Tulane womens golf wraps up fall season, sets eyes on spring tournaments

Susan Fanelli, Staff Reporter

On Oct. 27, Tulane Women’s Golf rounded out its fall season with a 4-over 292 total on the last day of the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, TX. They finished the tournament with a 37-over 901 total after three rounds and finished No. 14 overall.

Senior golfer Emily Penttila shot 3-over 219 to finish No. 18 overall in the invitational, including an even-par 72 on the final day of the tournament.  

Penttila earned athlete of the week on Nov. 2 for her top-20 performance at the tournament.

Senior Madison Opfer also shot an even-par 72 in the final round, finishing at 9-over 225 and a tie for No. 38 overall.  Senior Silvia Garces finished the day at even par, completing the tournament at 14-over 230 and ending at a tie for No. 59.

Freshman Laura Munoz and Abbie Cantwell finished the tournament at 14-over and 21-over, finishing at No. 55 and No. 74 respectively.

“It was good to notch our best round of the tournament and see our seniors shoot well today,” Head Coach Lorne Don said.       

The seven women of the golf team began their season on Sept. 12 by placing fourth overall in the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Michigan.  On the weekend of Sept. 18-20, they went on to place 16th in three days of the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. Tulane played their second-to-last fall tournament Oct. 5-6 at the Windy City Classic in Chicago, where they finished No.11.

This year, the team consists of seniors Emily Penttila, Silvia Garces and Madison Opfer, junior Belen Giocoechea and freshmen Abbie Cantwell, Sofia Goicoechea and Laura Munoz. Coach Lorne Don is in his third year of coaching women’s golf and assistant coach Mandi Morrow is in her second year.

Penttila finished the fall season with two top-ten finishes over the four tournaments and was chosen to represent her home country of Finland on Oct. 14 at the 2015 Spirit International Amateur Championships. 

Over four competitions, Pettila shot a 72.5 average. 

Garces also earned two top-ten finishes during the fall season in both the Windy City Classic and the Mary Fossum Invitational.

Tulane Golf will begin their spring season on Feb. 7 in Orlando, Florida during the UCF Challenge in a three-day invitational hosted by the University of Central Florida.

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