LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Texas women's golf team is tied for ninth after the second day of competition on Tuesday at the 2006 Big 12 Championships hosted by Nebraska at the Country Club of Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb. The Longhorns posted a two-round, 42 over par score of 618 after 36 holes.
Junior and Bulverde, Texas native Julia Best is currently the top placer for the Longhorns after two rounds and sits in a tie for eighth place with a four-over-par score of 148. Best is just eight strokes off the current leader Ashley Knoll of Texas A&M.
Best shot a second round 73 at the par 72 course and knocked two strokes off her first round total of 75. On the year, Best is averaging 77.3 in her final rounds, but has carded sub-77 scores in two of her last three outings.
Texas is tied with Oklahoma after Tuesday and is just two strokes behind Baylor in eighth place with a score of 616. Oklahoma State is in first with a two-day total of 592, followed by Texas A&M at 595 and Missouri is in third with a score of 600.
Also finishing in the top 20 after two rounds is sophomore Brittany Givilancz with a score of nine over par 153 to tie for 20th. The Weslaco, Texas product shot a second round 76, one stroke better than her first round of 77. This is Givilancz's first trip to the conference championships and she is playing in her fifth tournament of the season.
Sophomore Kelly Louth (Victoria, Texas) finished the second day tied for 41st with a 15 over par 159. Louth fired a four over par 76 to get back on track after an opening round of 83. Louth, the 2005 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, tied for 19th last season in her first conference championship.
Senior Devan Andersen (Guadalajara, Mexico) is one stroke behind Louth with a 16 over par 160 and is tied for 47th while freshman Caney Hines (San Antonio, Texas) is tied for 53rd with a two-day total of 18 over par 162.
The Longhorns will finish the tournament on Wednesday, April 19th, starting at 9:20 a.m. from the 10th hole.