NEW ORLEANS — The 19th-ranked Tulane women’s golf team opened the NCAA East Regional with a 5-under 283 total for a tie for second place, while the freshman tandem of Emily Penttila and Madison Opfer each finished under par and rank among the top-10 golfers following the first round at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
The Green Wave will join Texas and Notre Dame for Friday’s second round teeing off from the 10th hole at 11:50 a.m.
Penttila is tied for fourth place and is one stroke off the lead.
Opfer recorded one birdie and one bogey on the front nine to stay even at the turn and recorded two more birdies on the back nine to finish 2-under and tied for ninth place.
Gemma Dryburgh bogeyed three straight holes and was 3-over at the turn but heated up on the back nine with three consecutive birdies on holes 14-16 to finish at even par and tied for 21st place.
Maribel Lopez Porras and Silvia Garces each turned in quality rounds with identical 1-over 73s and are tied for 33rd.
Top seed and second-ranked Alabama combined for an 11-under 277 total and holds a six-stroke lead over Tulane and No. 5 Arkansas. No. 8 UCLA is fourth at even-par, while No. 23 Texas rounds out the top five teams at 1-over.
Team standings: 1. Alabama, (-11). T2. Tulane (-5); Arkansas (-5). 4. UCLA (E). 5. Texas (+1). T6. Oklahoma State (+2); North Carolina (+2). T8. Northwestern (+4); T8. Notre Dame (+4). 10. Tennessee (+6). 11. East Tennessee State (+9). T12. Ole Miss (+11,); Auburn (+11), 14. Virginia (+12). T15. Kentucky (+13); East Carolina (+13); Texas State (+13). 18. FIU (+16). 19. Chattanooga (+21). 20. Penn State (+22). 21. UCF (+24), 22. James Madison (+31). 23. Eastern Kentucky (+33). 24. Alabama State (+47).
Individual results (top 10): T1. Emma Lavy, Arkansas (-5); Erica Popson, Tennessee (-5); T1. Emma Talley, Alabama (-5). T4. Emily Penttila, Tulane (-4); Jackie Chang, North Carolina (-4); Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (-4). T7. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas (-3); Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa (-3). T9. Madison Opfer, Tulane (-2); Hannah Collier, Alabama (-2); Casey Grice, North Carolina (-2); Madison Pressel, Texas (-2); Julie Yang, Oklahoma State (-2).
Tulane individuals: T2. Tulane, 283 (-5). T4. Emily Penttila, 68 (-4). T9, Madison Opfer, 70 (-2). T21. Gemma Dryburgh, 72 (E). T33. Maribel Lopez Porras, 73 (+1); T33. Silvia Garces, 73 (+1).