FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The No. 25 ranked University of Texas women's golf team finished the second round of the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship tied for 12th place, led by freshman Caney Hines' four-over par 76 Saturday morning in Franklin, Tenn.
Hines shot 40 in her opening nine, but fired a 36 to finish the round with four pars and birdie in her last five holes. The whole five-person squad opened the tournament on the back nine for their second round of action, for the second day in a row.
She sits in a tie for 34th place after starting off with a two-over par 74 on Friday, but followed it up with the low round for the day for the Longhorns, showing her mettle in her first collegiate tournament.
"Our freshmen did a great job stepping up today," said head women's coach Susan Watkins. "Both Caney [Hines] and Kristin [Walla] played great today despite their scores. They rose to the challenge and looked much more comfortable today. As a team we have been playing well, but we need our upperclassmen to step up to make a run tomorrow."
The Longhorns are tied with No. 15 ranked Oklahoma State with a total of 613 after two days of action. Of the 15 teams in the field only one is not ranked in Golf World's preseason coaches poll and includes No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Duke and No. 4 Auburn.
Junior Julia Best and freshman Kristin Walla are both tied for 52th place in the tournament after firing a second round 81 and 77, respectively.
Sophomore Kelly Louth sits in a tie for 64th place after the second day. She fired a second round seven-over par 79 with nines of 41 and 38.
Junior Ashley Prust rebounded well in her second round, carding a eight-over par 80, moving from a tie at 79th to two slots up and a tie for 77th.
Georgia and host Vanderbilt are currently tied for the lead with identical scores of two-over par 578, followed by Arizona State at three-over par 579 in third. Duke and UCLA round out the top five with totals of 582 and 585, respectively.
The Longhorns will play again Sunday in final round action.
T1 Vanderbilt 578
T1 Georgia 578
3 Arizona State 579
4 Duke 582
5 UCLA 585
T12 Texas 613
Top Individuals (Par 72 Course)
1 Jacqui Concolino, Vanderbilt 137
2 Amanda Blumenherst, Duke 140
T3 Maria Martinez, Auburn 142
T3 Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 142
T5 Mandy Goins, Wake Forest 144
T5 Anna Grzebien, Duke 144
T12 Texas 613
T34 Caney Hines 150
T52 Julia Best 154
T52 Kristin Walla 154
T64 Kelley Louth 156
T77 Ashley Prust 162