No. 23 Longhorns shined the brightest on the biggest stage of the season.
The Longhorns won their first Big 12 Championship since 2011 this weekend and fourth in school history.
Since tying for seventh place at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate on Feb. 20, the Longhorns have steadily climbed the ladder as the season has progressed — placing fifth, fourth and second in their past
“(Winning the Big 12 Championship) feels great,” head coach Ryan Murphy said. “It means we are moving in the right direction.”
Freshman Emilee Hoffman led the Longhorns at the conference championship, finishing the tournament in second place at 1-over par. This is Hoffman’s first top-two finish since her win at the Lady Paladin in September.
“Emilee has had a very solid season,” Murphy said. “Collectively, this season, (she has) been fantastic.”
Junior Sophia Schubert entered the weekend with a wave of momentum and continued her success at the Big 12 Championship at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio. Schubert led the entire field after round two, but fell four spots after a rocky third round derailed her hopes of winning the tournament.
Senior Haley Mills, who finished tied for 12th, and freshman Greta Voelker, who finished 26th, were also major contributors to Texas’ victory. Senior Julia Beck rounded out Texas’ winning effort, with a 31st-place finish.
Murphy hopes the victory will spark more success as the postseason continues.
“It’s hard to win this golf tournament,” Murphy said. “I feel fortunate and hope it’s the first of several for us.”
The team will learn its seeding for the NCAA Regional tournaments during the Golf Channel’s postseason selection show on April 27th before heading to the tournaments in May.