Off the fringe: Kristin Walla
March 25, 2009
Hi, Horn fans!
Spring break is over and we’re back to school. Of course, we’ve been pretty busy over the last few weeks.
We were in hot, sunny Florida where we increased our golf-tan lines, despite profusely applying SPF 50. We saw one of the best fields of the year, played solid golf, and finished 15th. We returned to find freezing cold weather in Austin just in time for a tough last week of school before the break.
After a couple of days to ourselves, we turned our attention towards the 36th annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational held out at our home course, The University of Texas Golf club.
Last year at ‘the Betsy,’ we were only able to play two rounds due to rain, but this year the weather held up beautifully. We just had a bit of wind to keep us on our toes. Like usual, our golf course still played tough, especially on the greens. It is easy to get frustrated out there, and we saw a lot of golfers do just that.
Nonetheless, we saw some great rounds. I saw Duke’s Allison Whitaker drain five-straight birdies to start the tournament only to finish her round at 3-over-par 75. Three players finished under par including eventual winner, Maria Hernandez of Purdue, with an impressive 6-under-par, leading her team to victory and setting a low-individual 54-hole record for the tournament.
The team had a decent go of it, but certainly not our best. Kelley Louth led us with a top-30 finish. We finished a frustrating one stroke behind Texas A&M and Furman University, proving just how important the last few holes of a tournament can be.
It was a good lesson in finishing, and I’m sure it will inspire us this week at practice. We just have one more regular season event before the postseason begins. We will play in Indiana April 6-7 next, so watch for us on golfstat.com.