AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns fought back on the second day of the Betsy Rawls Invitational to take ninth-place after two rounds at the now rain soaked University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Julia Best (Bulverde, Texas) led UT through rain most of the day by shooting a second round three-over par score of 75 to help give Texas some momentum with the final day of the tournament approaching. Best now sits in a tie for 18th-place with a two-day total of 10-over par 154.
Texas sits in a tie for ninth with New Mexico State with two round totals of 57-over par 633 after posting a second round score of 312. The Longhorns chopped a combined nine strokes off their first posted score of 321 from Friday.
Top-ranked Duke took the lead today away from Texas A&M, the event's first day leader, after posting a second consecutive round of 14-over par 302. Texas A&M finished in second at 29-over par 605 and Purdue is in third with a 32-over par score of 608.
Freshmen Caney Hines (San Antonio, Texas) and Kristin Walla (Aspen, Colo.) also posted strong scores for Texas in their second round action. Hines finished with a second round score of four-over par 76 to give her a two round total of 17-over par and is in a tie for 76th-place. Walla overcame a tough opening round on Friday and carded a five-over par 77 to give her a two-day total of 20-over par 164. She is currently tied for 64th-place.
Senior Devan Andersen (Guadalajara, Mexico) shot a second round 12-over par 84 to fall to a tie for 53rd-place (78+84=162, +18) and sophomore Kelley Louth (Victoria, Texas) penciled in a 13-over par score of 85 to move to a tie for 64th-place with Walla.
Also competing today as individuals were senior Lauran Driver (Houston, Texas), junior Ashley Prust (Englewood, Colo.) and sophomore Brittany Givilancz (Weslaco, Texas). Driver (78+85=163, +19) is in a tie for 35th in her first action of the season, Prust (80+79=159, +15) is tied for 35th-place and Givilancz (83+81=164, +20) is tied for 64th-place with Walla and Louth.
Texas will return to the links for the final round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, starting at 8:30 a.m. in a shotgun format.
Note: Please check back at this web site and at GolfStat.com for weather updates for the Sunday round of the Besty Rawls Tournament. There is a high chance of rain in Central Texas for the weekend, and all updates on the tourney schedule will be posted here throughout the weekend.