Women's Golf fires school-record 7-under 281 in final round of Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown
Oct. 29, 2008
BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The University of Texas women's golf team (288-289-281=858, -6) ended the 2008 fall season with a bang, as it carded a school single-round record 7-under-par 281 in the final round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown to finish sixth in the 18-team field. Junior Shannon Fish (73-72-68=213, -3) fired a career-low 4-under 68 to tie the second-best 18-hole mark in school history and finish tied for 20th place in the 54-hole event.
Beginning her round on the seventh hole of the par-72, 2,265-yard Boulder Creek Golf Club, Fish found back-to-back birdie opportunities on the ninth and 10th holes before carding her first blemish on the 11th hole. The junior went on to notch birdies on holes 13, 15 and 16 to make the turn at 4-under. She went as low as 5-under with a birdie on the second hole before finishing bogey-birdie-bogey on her final three holes. With her 68, the Spring, Texas, native joined 12 fellow Longhorns who previously notched the same mark in the annals.
Kristin Walla (74-71-69=214, -2) also carded a career low, as the senior made three birdies over her final four holes to close with a 3-under 69 and finish tied for 22nd. Senior Kelley Louth (72-75-72=219, +3) tied for 45th place with a 3-over 219, while senior Caney Hines (76-75-77=228, +12) rounded out the team in 79th place at 12-over.
Pepperdine (280-270-273=823, -41) claimed a wire-to-wire victory in the team standings at 41-under 823. Oklahoma State (282-285-268=835, -29) and Louisville (280-282-279=841, -23) finished in second and third place, respectively.
Pepperdine's Lisa McCloskey (67-65-67=199, -17) earned medalist honors at 17-under 199, while Louisville's Cindy LaCrosse (67-68-65=200, -16) and UNLV's Therese Koelbaek (68-66-66=200, -16) carded 54-hole scores of 16-under 200 to tie for second place.
2008 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown
On junior Shannon Fish: Shannon's round was great. She made a lot of birdies out there. We worked on her putting a bit yesterday, and she was rolling the ball really well. She's played well all week, but her putter finally got hot today and that made the big difference.
On freshman Nicole Vandermade: Nicole's fall season has been great. The exciting thing is there is even better golf in her bag. She's a very composed player, and nothing rattles her. As we add some shots to her repertoire, she's just going to keep getting better and better.
On senior Kristin Walla: Kristin finished strong with a string of birdies. Her last four rounds have all been coming together, and it's a great momentum builder heading into the offseason.