Desiree Dubreuil

Highlighted by a strong performance from senior Desiree Dubreuil, who finished tied fifth at 5-under-par 211, the Longhorns women’s golf squad completed the PING/ASU Invitational in seventh place. Texas (286-289-289) ended the tournament at even par 864.

Dubreuil (70-68-73) entered the final round tied for 3rd on the player leaderboard as she carded a career low round of 68 on Saturday. Through the first five holes, Dubreuil closed in on the lead as she birdied the third and the fifth holes. However, she bogeyed the sixth, double bogeyed the ninth, and carded consecutive bogeys at the 11th and 12th. She battled back to end the final round at 1-over-par with birdies at holes 14 and 16.

Senior Katelyn Sepmoree (71-72-72) ended the tournament in red numbers tied for 17th place at 1-under 215. Sophomore Bertine Strauss (75-74-70) carded a final round of 2-under par and finished the invitational at 3-over 219 tied for 31st. Senior Madison Pressel (70-75-78) completed the tournament tied for 48th place at 7-over 223. Freshman Natalie Karcher (75-77-74) rounded out the team tied for 58th place at 10-over 226.

Defending champion and No. 2 Alabama (Golf World/WGCA) collectively shot 11-under-par in the final round of the Invitational to cruise to victory at -19. No. 3 Duke finished nine strokes behind. Emma Talley of the Crimson Tide captured the individual title at 9-under 207 as she shot all three rounds under par.

The Longhorns now look toward postseason play with the Big 12 Championship hosted by Iowa State on Friday at the Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa.

Only one regular season tournament remains for the No. 23 Longhorns as they seek their fourth top five finish in five spring events at this weekend’s PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Arizona.

The only spring tournament the team did not finish in the top five was February’s rain-shortened Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Tournament when the team ended that tournament in ninth place. 

Senior Desiree Dubreuil has started all seven events the team participated in this 2012-13 season. She leads the Longhorns with a 74.90 scoring average and is tied with senior Madison Pressel and sophomore Bertine Strauss for individual low rounds of 69 in a single round. Dubreuil, Pressel and Strauss will play in the PING/ASU Invitational alongside senior Katelyn Sepmoree and true freshman Natalie Karcher.

Once again the Longhorns will face tough competition in the tournament as the field is loaded with 11 teams — including themselves — ranked in the Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaching Association Top 25 poll. Competition includes the top ranked USC Trojans, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Washington, No. 11 UCLA, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 15 UC Davis, No. 16 Stanford and No. 25 Texas A&M.

The tournament will be played at Karsten Golf Course, considered by many as the “Home of Champions” because of the Arizona State’s nine national championships, seven of which came from the women’s golf program.

Seniors Desiree Dubreuil and Madison Pressel’s total scores of 225 positions put the women’s golf squad in fourth place at the conclusion of the SDSU Farms Invitational. The Longhorns (303-306-301) ended the tournament at 46-over-par.

Pressel (75-78-72) recorded three consecutive birdies at the eighth, ninth and 10th holes. Scores over-par included bogeys at holes 6, 15 and 17. Dubreuil (75-73-77) shared the same score of 9-over 225 as Pressel. Dubreuil started the final round with a birdie at the opening hole but bogeyed six times in the round. Dubreuil and Pressel ended the tournament in a tie for 12th place.

Sophomore Bertine Strauss (76-77-78) tied for 26th at 15-over 231. Senior Katelyn Sepmoree (77-78-77) finished one stroke behind Strauss at 16-over 232 for 30th place.

Freshman Tezira Abe (78-84-75) finished at 21-over 237 and tied for 46th place. Fellow freshman Natalie Karcher (77-78-78) competed as an individual and ended the tournament tied for 31st place at 17-over 233.

The top-ranked Trojans claimed their fourth team title of the year. As a team, USC (298-289-288) carded at 11-over 875. On the player leaderboard USC’s Sophia Popov finished in first place, one stroke over.

A week before postseason play commences with the Big 12 Tournament on April 19, the Longhorns have one last regular season tournament scheduled in the PING/ASU Invitational at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

Two top-15 finishes by senior Desiree Dubreuil and sophomore Bertine Strauss lands the Longhorn women’s golf team a ninth-place finish in the final round of the rain-shortened Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate golf tournament. The Longhorns (294-301) ended the tournament at 19-over-par.

Despite sustained winds over 15 mph, Dubreuil (69-74) ended the tournament as the lone Longhorn under par. Her score total of 1-under-par gave her a season-best fifth-place finish on the players’ leaderboard. Dubreuil’s final round started at the seventh hole, which she bogeyed. She went on to bogey holes 11, 13 and 1 before sinking three consecutive birdies on holes 2 through 4. Dubreuil ended the day with a bogey on her last hole at the par-5 sixth. Strauss finished her final round tied for 13th with a 2-over 146 as her scorecard consisted of three bogeys and 15 pars.

Senior Katelyn Sepmoree only dropped back one stroke from her first round total to close out the tournament at 6-over 150, tied for 35th place. Fellow senior Madison Pressel finished tied for 70th with a score of 12-over par. Freshman Natalie Karcher made her first appearance in the Texas team lineup and finished tied for 82nd place at 15-over 159.

The end of the tournament included a playoff between rivals USC and UCLA. Both teams finished in the top two of the 2013 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, with UCLA capturing that crown. This time it was the Lady Trojans who captured the team title. Twenty-seventh ranked Division I women’s golfer Hayley Davis of Baylor captured the individual title with a 4-under 140.

A pair of seniors helped the Longhorns place fifth overall with a score of 15-over 299 in Monday’s first round of the 2013 Northrop Grumman Regional Invitational.

Seniors Desiree Dubreuil and Katelyn Sepmoree led Texas with a first round 3-over 74 each at the Par 71 Parlos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif. Sepmoree ended the day with birdies on the par four ninth and 11th holes, a bogey at the 17th and two double bogeys at holes five and 10. Dubreuil teed off first for the Longhorns and had a rocky start on the front nine which included on holes three through nine a scorecard of bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey, double bogie, par and bogey. Her back nine produced a bogey-free half round of golf with birdies at the par four 12th and par four 18th. On the player leaderboard, both Dubreuil and Sepmoree are tied at 19th overall, four strokes behind the leader Alejandra Cangrejo of Duke.

Senior Madison Pressel finished one stroke behind her teammates at 4-over 75. Fellow senior Haley Stephens finished her round at 5-over 76 while sophomore Bertine Strauss rounded out the Longhorns at 6-over 77. Pressel, Stephens and Strauss are tied at 30th, 35th and 43rd respectively.

Overall, the UCLA Lady Bruins led the tournament at 4-over 288, while Duke and Florida are two shots off the lead. USC finished one stroke ahead of the Longhorns at 14-over 298.

Women's Golf

Despite struggling to find their rhythm on the first two days, the Longhorns finished with a strong 290 on the final day of the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament this weekend. Texas finished last out of 17 teams.

Senior Haley Stephens finished as the highest placing Longhorn. Stephens tied for 32nd place, turning in an 8-over-par 221, including an even-par 71 Sunday.

Fellow senior Madison Pressel finished with a 9-over-par 222, placing her tied for 36th place.

The tournament featured nine of the top 25 teams in the country, including the top five teams in the Golfweek rankings.

The Longhorns started out the weekend on the wrong foot with a 27-over-par 311 Friday. Things would not get much better Saturday as the team shot an 18-over-par 302. Texas would finally break under the 300 mark with a 6-over-par 290 Sunday.

Sophomore Bertine Strauss, senior Desiree Dubreuil and freshman Tezira Abe each finished the weekend in the 230’s. Strauss shot a 232, Dubreuil ended with a 233 and Abe shot a 235. The trio finished 74th, 77th, and 80th respectively.

Stephens, Strauss, Dubreuil and Abe helped the Longhorns finish the weekend with a strong round Sunday, each of them shooting their best round in the final round.

The University of Southern California took first place at the tournament, shooting a 5-over-par 857. Kyung Kim of USC finished as the top individual player of the weekend.

The Longhorns will finish out their fall schedule on Oct. 28–30 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at The University of Texas Golf Club.

Despite struggling to find their rhythm on the first two days, the Longhorns finished with a strong 290 on the final day of the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament this weekend. Texas finished last out of 17 teams.

Senior Haley Stephens finished as the highest placing Longhorn. Stephens tied for 32nd place, turning in an 8-over-par 221, including an even-par 71 Sunday.

Fellow senior Madison Pressel finished with a 9-over-par 222, placing her tied for 36th place.

The tournament featured nine of the top 25 teams in the country, including the top five teams in the Golfweek rankings.

The Longhorns started out the weekend on the wrong foot with a 27-over-par 311 Friday. Things would not get much better Saturday as the team shot an 18-over-par 302. Texas would finally break under the 300 mark with a 6-over-par 290 Sunday.

Sophomore Bertine Strauss, senior Desiree Dubreuil and freshman Tezira Abe each finished the weekend in the 230’s. Strauss shot a 232, Dubreuil ended with a 233 and Abe shot a 235. The trio finished 74th, 77th, and 80th respectively.

Stephens, Strauss, Dubreuil and Abe helped the Longhorns finish the weekend with a strong round Sunday, each of them shooting their best round in the final round.

The University of Southern California took first place at the tournament, shooting a 5-over-par 857. Kyung Kim of USC finished as the top individual player of the weekend.

The Longhorns will finish out their fall schedule on Oct. 28–30 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at The University of Texas Golf Club.

About a month after their last tournament, the Longhorns will compete in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. this weekend.

Despite the long layoff, head coach Martha Richards said the team looks really good going into the tournament.

“We’ve got a really deep team,” Richards said. “We’re eight deep, and we’ve got a great five going, and we’re leaving three really good players at home, and it’s a good situation to be in. I like the way everybody’s playing.”

While they haven’t played a competitive match since their tournament at Vanderbilt, the Longhorns hosted their annual Weis Cup Alumni match Sunday and won 5-1. Richards said it was good to have that match to get the team back into the competitive flow.

“It got us back into the competitive mode,” Richards said. “We’ve had some inter-team matches, but I think we’re excited to play a couple more tournaments here, and I think we’re in a good place.”

The Longhorns also made strides in the rankings during their layoff. Texas moved up to the No. 7 position in the Golfweek team rankings, and freshman Tezira Abe and senior Desiree Dubreuil are ranked No. 32 and 33, respectively.

Even though she’s ranked highly as a freshman, Abe said she doesn’t feel any pressure.

“I’m just really excited to be here,” Abe said. “I want to keep building on that. The goal is still to win a national championship, and I really want to be a part of that.”

Also competing in the Stanford tournament are five other top 10 schools, including No. 1 Washington. Despite that lineup, Abe said she believes the Longhorns can still come out with a strong finish.

“My very first collegiate tournament I finished tied for 10th with Desiree, and that was a really good time,” Abe said. “I just want to keep building on that.”

After staying in the top two in the first and second rounds, the Longhorns slipped up Sunday on their way to a fourth-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. Texas finished its first tournament of the season with a combined score of 34-over-par.

The Longhorns started out the weekend with a strong opening round on Friday, holding a four-shot lead over Arizona. Seniors Katelyn Sepmoree and Desiree Dubreuil and freshman Tezira Abe each turned in rounds of 1-over-par to give Texas the early lead.

Senior Haley Stephens led the team on Saturday, finishing her second round 1-under-par. Abe finished at an even 72, but despite her efforts, the Longhorns slipped back to second, trailing Arizona by five strokes.

Sunday saw the Longhorns fall even further back. Dubreuil, Sepmoree and Stephens each shot a 77 in the final round. As a team, Texas shot a 21-over 309.

Arizona won the tournament with a 25-over-par, followed by Virginia and Michigan State. Emilie Burger of Georgia took home the individual title with an even-par 216.

Individually, Dubreuil and Abe led the Longhorns with a 7-over-par and finished tied for seventh over the weekend. Stephens finished tied for 15th with a 9-over-par.

Sepmoree ended her weekend tied for 28th with a 13-over-par.

Competing as individuals, freshman Natalie Karcher tied for 41st and senior Madison Pressel finished 58th. Karcher shot a 16-over-par and Pressel shot a 20-over-par.

The tournament featured the collegiate debut of three freshmen. In addition to Abe and Karcher, freshman Taylor Kim shot a 24-over-par and finished tied for 66th.

The Longhorns will next compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, CA on Oct. 19 – 21.

Women's Golf

Last spring, it was junior Madison Pressel. In November, it was senior Nicole Vandermade. Two weeks ago it was junior Haley Stephens. And this week, it was junior Desiree Dubreuil.

Dubreuil had her best tournament since coming to Texas, bursting onto the scene to finish a career best of 12th overall at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. After starting Tuesday’s final round with a bogey on the first hole and four bogeys overall, Dubreuil stayed calm, finishing two birdies over the final seven holes to match her Monday total of 2-over-par.

The experienced Longhorns have had stellar showings individually but have failed to put together a very strong collective effort this spring. Dubreuil became the third different golfer to lead Texas this season. Texas finished 10th overall as a team, shooting 41-over-par, and 27 shots behind winner and third-ranked USC.

“As a team, I look at what do we need to work on collectively as a group,” said head coach Martha Richards. “I know they were frustrated and played hard the whole time.”

In November, Vandermade won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, and soared to a top 10 ranking nationally following three top-10 finishes on the season. Coming into San Diego this week, Vandermade looked to capitalize on a familiar course where she had a strong tournament last year.

“[Last year] she managed her game really well, and this golf course allows her to have an advantage on the par 5s and a couple of the longer par 4s,” Richards said.

However, it was not Vandermade’s week, birdying only two of the 36 holes. Pressel finished strong down the stretch, grabbing two consecutive birdies to finish three strokes better than the first round.

The conditions were decent at best following heavy showers over the weekend, causing strong winds and wet greens.

“Everyone needs to work a lot on their short game,” Richards said. “It’s not that our short games are bad, but they just haven’t been good enough to help us.”

Texas heads out west again in about two weeks for their final tournament of the regular season in Tempe, Ariz.

Published on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 as: Dubreuil leads Horns with 12th-place finish