Tulane golf looking for consistent play, head to Chicago for Windy City Collegiate Classic

Max Meyer, Contributing Reporter

After mixed results in their first two tournaments, the Tulane women’s golf team is approaching the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Monday and Tuesday in Chicago with high hopes for consistent play.

Last year, Tulane placed eight out of 15 teams in the Windy City Classic. This time around. 

In the first tournament of the season, the Green Wave finished fourth out of 12 in the field at the Mary Fossum Invitational hosted by Michigan State University, head coach Lorne Don’s alma mater.

Senior Emily Penttila, who was named Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar for the second year in a row, tied for third place individually and shot a 3-over 219. Penttila has been the top individual in both performances for the Wave this season.

“We really want to make sure we give ourselves opportunities,” Penttila said. “I think that’s huge. Knowing the [Windy City] course, there are tough holes, but there are also holes with good opportunities to score low. I think as a team we have been working on just giving ourselves good opportunities.”

The second tournament yielded different results than the opener. Tulane came in on the fringe with a 16th place finish facing 17 teams at the Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Penttila continued to carry the team as the lowest shooter and finished seventh this tournament with a 2-under 214.

“Our goals are to always go into a tournament to win, and that’s what we are preparing to do,” Don said. “We are trying to prepare each person to play the best that they can, and I really feel that if we are able to maximize everyone’s games at a given tournament that we can win any tournament. I think that we have that level of player.”

The Green Wave will be looking to utilize its deep squad as it faces some of the top-ranked teams in the nation—Oklahoma State, Florida, Georgia, Arizona State and host Northwestern.

The Green Wave will be shooting for a higher finish through consistent play from every golfer.