Women's Golf preview: Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
March 25, 2010
UP NEXT: The Women’s Golf team will host the 37th annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational March 26-28 (Friday-Sunday) at The University of Texas Golf Club. Tee times will begin at 8:15 a.m. Central on Friday and Saturday with split-tee starts, and 8:45 on Sunday (shotgun).
LIVE SCORING: Fans can follow the Longhorns in action online at http://www.golfstat.com.
COURSE: UTCG will be set up to play at par-72, 6,255-yards.
TEXAS LINEUP: Martha Richards’ lineup will include one sophomore and four freshmen. Freshman Desiree Dubreuil will make her debut in the No. 1 spot, while classmate Katelyn Sepmoree is slotted at No. 2 for the first time in her collegiate career. Freshman Haley Stephens is slated for the No. 3 position, while freshman Madison Pressel and sophomore Nicole Vandermade will compete at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT: Fueled by three sub-par rounds and three top-10 individual finishes, the Texas Women's Golf team recorded a season-best second place finish at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational (March 8-10). The Longhorns (301-293-284=878, +14) fired a field-low 4-under-par 284 in the final round to propel from eighth place after 36 holes to a runner-up finish behind host UNLV (281-286-299=866, +2). Freshman Desiree Dubreuil (72-72-72=216, E) carded three consecutive even-par rounds to finish in a career-best tie for fourth place. Dubreuil's 54 holes included seven birdies and as many bogeys, and she was the only Longhorn to play without a double bogey on her scorecard throughout the three-day tourney.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: It was in March of 1974 that then-Texas head coach Pat Weis established what has not only become a tradition at UT and Austin, but a tradition that dominates collegiate golf for one spring weekend. This annual event originally known as the Texas Invitational has evolved into one of the premier collegiate invitational tournaments of the year. In 1977, the Texas Invitational was renamed to honor Betsy Rawls, a Texas graduate and one of the most prolific golfers of her day. Rawls won more than 50 tour championships between 1951 and 1975, including four U.S. Opens, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977.