Women's Golf preview: Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
WHAT: Texas hosts the 35th annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. The tournament's namesake is a 1950 graduate of The University of Texas who became one of the most prolific golfers of her time, winning more than 50 Tour championships, including four U.S. Open titles.
UT's annual Texas Invitational was renamed in Rawls' honor in 1977 by former UT women's golf coach Pat Weis.
WHERE: University of Texas Golf Club (par 72, 6,344 yards) - Austin, Texas
WHEN: The tournament field will play 18 holes each day from Monday, March 17 through Wednesday, March 19. The first tee times are set for Monday at 8:15 a.m. Central.
WHO: The tournament features host Texas, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU and Wisconsin.
LAST YEAR AT THE BETSY RAWLS LONGHORN INVITATIONAL: Texas tied for fifth at the 2007 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational with a 61-over 925. Then-UT junior Kelley Louth led the Longhorns by placing fourth with a five-over 221. Purdue won the event at 43-over par, and the Boilermakers' Maria Hernandez took medalist honors at one-over par.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas placed 13th at the 16-team Arizona Wildcat Invitational with a 74-over 926. Senior Ashley Rollins, the Big 12 Women's Golfer of the Month for February, was Texas' top finisher, as she tied for 23rd place at 13-over par.