Women's Golf concludes season at NCAA Championship
May 22, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The University of Texas Women's Golf team concluded its season with a 23rd-place showing at the 2009 NCAA Championship. The Longhorns (314-311-313-314) - who advanced to the 72-hole national championship as the highest seed from any of the three regional events at No. 17 - carded a 100-over-par on the challenging, 6,443-yard Caves Valley Golf Course.
Texas' appearance in this year's NCAA Championship was its 19th overall and second-consecutive under second-year head coach Martha Richards.
Senior Kelley Louth (81-77-74-78) recorded UT's best individual finish with a tie for 66th place at 22-over 310. Freshman Nicole Vandermade (80-76-79-76) tied for 70th with a 23-over 311 in her NCAA Championship debut, and junior Shannon Fish (74-79-82-81) finished at 28-over 316 to tie for 96th place. Seniors Kristin Walla (82-79-78-80) and Caney Hines (79-86-88-80) finished tied for 104th and 120th places, respectively, at 31-over 319 and 45-over 333.
Top-ranked Arizona State (302-298-291-291) won the 2009 crown at 30-over 1182. UCLA (296-293-304-297) came in second with a 38-over 1190 and Southern California (301-295-294-301) finished in third with a 39-over 1191. Purdue's Maria Hernandez (74-72-72-71=289, +1) was the individual medalist.
On her second season at The University of Texas: Overall, this has been a really good year. We did a lot of good things, and getting to the NCAA Championship was a highlight for us, especially when naysayers thought that we wouldn't be here. This group has been through a lot. Any time there is a coaching change, it takes awhile to adapt. For this year's senior class to advance to the national championship two years in a row really sets a tone for the direction of the program, and they've been a part of that.