Insperity

Sophomore Bertine Strauss’ 2-under 70 in the final round of the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate aided in a fourth place finish for the No. 25 ranked Longhorns. Texas (299-310-290 = 899) ended the tournament Sunday at 35-over-par.

Strauss’ constant play through 54 holes kept the Longhorns inside the top seven for all three rounds. Strauss (73-76-70 = 219) entered the final round tied in 16th place. She started Sunday’s round at the sixth hole which she birded. Her only score over par came at the eighth. As her round continued, she carded birdies at holes 10 and 12. Strauss finished the tournament fifth on the individual leaderboard at 3-over-par.

The remaining four team members carded consistent rounds as the team scored 2-over-par in the final round — tied for the lowest round carded by a team on Sunday. Senior Katelyn Sepmoree (74-77-73 = 224) finished the tournament at 8-over-par tied 15th. Two strokes behind Sepmoree was senior Haley Stephens (73-81-72 = 226). She shot an even par round to card a tournament total of 10-over-par. Senior Desiree Dubreuil (79-76-75 = 230) carded a 14-over tournament total to finish tied 34th. Freshman Natalie Karcher (84-82-76 = 242) rounded out the team tied 69th at 26-over-par. Freshman Tezira Abe (79-74-75 = 228) participated in the tournament as an individual and finished tied 28th on the player leaderboard at 12-over par.

Sixteenth ranked Purdue battled 9th ranked Vanderbilt for the team title throughout the final round. The Boilermakers (295-291-290 = 876) won the tournament at 12-over-par, one stroke ahead of the Commodores (290-293-294 = 877). The Fighting Irish (303-290-295 = 888) placed third at 24-over-par — 11 strokes over the Longhorns. Notre Dame’s Ashley Armstrong won the player championship at one stroke under par.

While students enjoy the fun and relaxation of spring break, the Texas Longhorns women’s golf team will prepare for the upcoming Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate at the Forest Hills Golf Course in Augusta, Ga.

The last time the Longhorns competed, they finished ninth at the rain-shortened Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate golf tournament. The team will look toward senior Desiree Dubreuil’s recent hot streak to lead the team into Forest Hills. She leads the team in stroke average at 74.5 and finished as the highest ranked team player in two out of five tournaments. The Lady Horns lineup is scheduled for release later next week.

The par-72, 6,248-yard Forest Hills Golf Course is home to Georgia Regents University Augusta, even though it is referred to as Augusta State University. In their athletics department, the Jaguars’ men’s and women’s golf teams are NCAA Division I Independents. Augusta State is most recognized as a powerhouse in golf as the men’s team won the NCAA Division I Golf Championships in 2010 and 2011.

UTSA finished last year’s event on top of the team leaderboard at 16-over 880. They finished six strokes over host Augusta State. This year’s 54-hole tournament begins Friday, March 15.