AUSTIN, Texas -- The 16th-ranked Texas women's golf team opened the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational (UT Golf Club: par 72, 6,323 yards) with a 313 (+25) and stands in seventh place after the first day of action. Senior Lisa Ferrero (Lodi, Calif.) led the Longhorns with a four-over-par 76 and is tied for 12th place. Nebraska currently holds the lead at 14-over-par (302), while the Cornhuskers' Elli Brown sits atop the individual leaderboard with a two-under-par 70.
"I thought we were pretty consistent today," said Texas head coach Susan Watkins. "We need to come back tomorrow and put up five good numbers. This is our home course, so we need to come out and make sure we put that home course advantage to good use."
Freshman Kelley Louth (Victoria, Texas), playing in the number one slot for the first time in her career, posted a five-over-par 77 and is tied for 18th place after the opening round. Senior Mariana Salazar (Torreon, Mexico) finished one stroke behind Louth with a six-over-par 78 and sits in a tie for 21st place.
Senior Perry Swenson (Charlotte, N.C.) shot a 10-over-par 82 and is tied for 57th place, while sophomore Julia Best (Bulverde, Texas) carded an 11-over-par 83 and is tied for 63rd place.
Freshman Brittany Givilancz (Weslaco, Texas) had the best round of the day for Texas, a three-over-par 75, and is tied for eighth place, but she is playing as an individual, so her score does not count towards the team total. Sophomore Ashley Prust (Englewood, Colo.) and freshman Jordan Craig (Connellsville, Pa.), also playing as individuals, posted a pair of seven-over-par 79s and are tied for 26th place.
Second-round action begins at 8 a.m. (Central) on Saturday, March 12. Texas will be grouped with players from Arizona State and Kansas State. To follow the action, visit TexasSports.com and click on the Women's Golf stat link in the live scoring section.