Wave finishes No. 2 despite Garces’ record-tying performance

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Junior Silvia Garces rips a shot from the fairway at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Oct. 12-14 in Austin, TX. Garces tied the school record for the lowest individual round with a 7-under 65 Monday.

Oliver Grigg, Print Sports Editor

Junior golfer Silvia Garces tied the school record for the lowest individual round with a 7-under 65 Monday but Tulane shot a 3-over 291 total Tuesday and finished No. 2 at the 2015 UCF Challenge at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

Garces finished in fourth place, which marks the best tournament of her collegiate career. Garces shot 1-over Monday but finished with a 7-under 209 for the event.

“[Garces] was solid and had several other great opportunities but she played an amazing 18 holes of golf,” head coach Lorne Don said. “She was in a groove and I am very proud of her, especially after all the hard work she has put in to her game.” 

Senior Gemma Dryburgh finished with an 8-under 208 and tied her own school record for the lowest 54-hole total by an individual. Dryburgh finished in third place, one stroke short of the co-leaders.

Junior Emily Penttila finished No. 19 to give the Wave three players in the top 20. Tulane’s 13-under 851 total is the best 54-hole team total in school history.

“This was a fantastic record-setting week for us and as a coach you are always trying to reach your goals and break records,” Don said. “We beat five of the six teams ranked ahead of us in this tournament and played toe-to-toe with Virginia, which is a very good Top-15 program … This was a great way to start the spring season.”

Tulane will next host the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship Feb. 22-24 at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans.