Women's Golf preview: Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
Oct. 27, 2012
TELEVISION COVERAGE: Longhorn Network (LHN) will air a two-hour Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 8 (Part 1 - 1 p.m. Central; Part 2 - 9 p.m.). Will Haskett and Texas Ex Phil Blackmar will call the action.
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, 6,344-yards.
FIELD (15 teams, including six Top 30): Florida (6), Alabama (9), Arizona State (10), Arkansas (22), Pepperdine (26), Auburn (27), Denver (31), TEXAS (34), UCLA (38), UNLV (40), Kent State, New Mexico, TCU, Tulsa, Illinois. Rankings based on latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index (Oct. 21, 2012).
TEXAS LINEUP: Sixth-year head coach Martha Richards' will rely on her veteran players in the final fall tournament. Seniors Haley Stephens and Madison Pressel will start at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Sophomore Bertine Strauss is in the middle position, and seniors Desiree Dubreuil and Katelyn Sepmoree are slotted at Nos. 4 and 5. Junior Alyssa Morgan and freshmen Tezira Abe, Natalie Karcher and Taylor Kim will compete as individuals.
SCORING AVERAGES (rounds played):
Stephens - 74.33 (6)
Dubreuil - 76.0 (6)
Pressel - 76.33 (6)
Sepmoree - 76.33 (3)
Strauss - 77.33 (3)
PAST INDIVIDUAL RESULTS AT THE BETSY RAWLS LONGHORN INVITATIONAL:
LAST YEAR AT THE BETSY: The Texas Women's Golf team won the 2011 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at The University of Texas Golf Club where senior Nicole Vandermade and junior Madison Pressel finished first and second, respectively. UT (288-293-299=880, +16) fired a final-round 299 to cruise to a 12-stroke win over runners-up Pepperdine (297-299-296=892, +28), Florida (285-304-303) and Tulsa (293-301-298).
The Betsy Rawls team crown marked Texas' seventh overall win at its annual home tournament and first since 1999. Vandermade became the first Longhorn to earn medalist honors since Jessica Reese accomplished the feat in 2003. Vandermade also became Texas' ninth individual champion in the event since the tournament's inaugural year in 1974.
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 dominated collegiate golf annually for 37 spring weekends before moving to the fall season in 2011. 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.