Women's Golf takes sixth at Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational
KAUAI, Hawaii -- University of Texas junior Kelley Louth (Victoria, Texas) shot an impressive one-over 71 to lead the Longhorns in the final round of the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational Thursday at the par 70, 6,183-yard Kiahuna Golf Club. Texas lands its top finish of the fall, as the Longhorns finish in sixth place (+75) at the nine-team event.
Louth started the tournament Wednesday with an opening-round 78 but improved in her remaining two rounds. Competing in her first event since the Dick McGuire Invitational in September at Albuquerque, N.M., Louth finished the tournament with the aforementioned one-over 71 to conclude the event at 12-over par and in sole possession of eighth place.
"It was paramount for this team to have one of our leaders back, and having Kelley (Louth) back made a big difference this week," UT coach Susan Watkins said. "She came out, made a statement and made it quickly with her top-10 finish."
Freshman Alex Richards (Austin, Texas) also improved in the final round, carding a six-over 76 and finishing the tournament in a tie for 28th place. Senior Ashley Prust (Englewood, Colo.) lowered her second-round score of 79 to a 78 in the final round to finish in 30th place.
Sophomore Caney Hines (San Antonio, Texas) stroked a five-over 75 in the final round to finish in a tie for 31st place, and sophomore Kristin Walla (Aspen, Colo.) carded a final-round 77, improving upon her second-round 81, to wrap up the tournament in 37th place.
"I think breaking 300 with a final-round score of 299 speaks volumes," Watkins added. "We can go into the holidays knowing that we're capable of doing that throughout the spring."
Texas returns to action on Feb. 19, 2007 at the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla.
Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational