Women's Golf and Best finish seventh at Betsy Rawls
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns and junior Julia Best (Bulverde, Texas) fought through rain and soggy playing conditions to both finish seventh at the 2006 Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
Best's (Bulverde, Texas) tie for seventh at the 33rd edition of the Betsy Rawls was a season-best. She led UT through the rain and finished her last six holes at two-under par with birdies on holes three and four. She shot rounds of 79, 75 and 75 for a three round score of 13-over par 229. The round of 229 ties her season best score, she also shot a 229 at the Derby Invitational Nov. 4-6.
"It was breakthrough kind of outing for Julia and a solid one for our team," said women's golf head coach Susan Watkins. "Despite the weather we were able to play on our home course and do some good things. We have expecting Julia to have a breakout performance and it came at the right time of the season."
Texas finished in seventh with rounds of 321 on Friday, 312 on Saturday and 309 on the final day. The Longhorns chopped a combined nine strokes off their first posted score of 321 from Friday and three more strokes from their Saturday score of 312.
Top-ranked Duke finished in first with a 43-over par total score of 907. Blue Devil freshman Amanda Blumenherst won medalist honors with a two-over par 218. Texas A&M finished in second at 52-over par 916 and Purdue is in third with a 62-over par score of 926.
Sophomore Kelley Louth (Victoria, Texas) carded a 24-over par score of 240 (79+85+76) to tie for 39th-place and senior Devan Andersen (Guadalajara, Mexico) shot a final round seven-over par 79 to tie for 42nd-place (78+84+79=241, +25).
Freshmen Caney Hines (San Antonio, Texas) and Kristin Walla (Aspen, Colo.) also posted strong scores for Texas in their three rounds of action. Walla overcame a tough opening round on Friday then carded a five-over par 77 Saturday and a finished with a seven-over par round of 79 to give her a total of 27-over par 243 and a tie for 52nd-place. Hines finished with a final round score of 17-over par 89 to give her a three round total of 34-over par and a tie for 70th-place.
Also competing in the tournament as individuals were senior Lauran Driver (Houston, Texas), junior Ashley Prust (Englewood, Colo.) and sophomore Brittany Givilancz (Weslaco, Texas). Driver (78+85+87=250, +34) finished in a tie for 70th in her first action of the season, Prust (80+79+83=242, +26) is tied for 46th-place and Givilancz (83+81+81=245, +29) is tied for 64th-place.
Texas will return to the links on March 31-April 2, when they head to the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
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