Texas wins by 29 strokes over Arkansas

Another dominating day by the Texas Longhorns women’s golf team led to a relatively easy win at the inaugural White Sands University of Houston Golf Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island here in The Bahamas.

The women’s competition wrapped up yesterday, and the men will get underway tomorrow.

Behind their best day on the greens, the nationally number two ranked Longhorns demolished the rest of the competition. Collectively, they shot a 14-under par 274 yesterday, and finished the three-day competition at 36-under par 828. The Longhorns won the team competition by 29 strokes over their nearest rival, Arkansas, and was the only team to shoot under par for each day of the three-day competition.

The Arkansas Razorbacks were a distant second, finishing the classic at seven-under par 857. Collectively, they shot three-under 285 on the final day. Their best golfer, freshman Ela Anacona, finished the three days in a five-way tie for sixth, shooting five-under 211, and was three-under 69 yesterday.

The Oklahoma Sooners were third in the team standings, shooting six-under par 858 over the three days of competition. They were 10-under on the final day. Their best golfer was junior Kaitlin Milligan. She was also in that five-way tie for sixth overall, and also shot three-under 69 yesterday.

All 11 of the other teams, including host institution Houston, were over par over the course of the three days. The Houston Cougars were fourth overall at two-over par 866 after shooting four-under 284 yesterday, and the Tennessee Volunteers rounded out the top five schools, shooting three-over par 867 over the three days after a splendid day of nine-under 279 yesterday.

Individually, the country’s 19th ranked women’s collegiate player Sophie Guo, of China, was splendid again. The freshman golfer was on another level, shooting 66, 67 and 66 over the three days, and finishing the competition at 17-under par 199. She tied for a round-best six-under par 66 on Wednesday with Oklahoma freshman Mikhaela Fortuna. Five other players shot four-under 68 yesterday.

What separated Guo from the rest was her tremendous consistency. Her rounds of 66 on the tournament’s first and final days tied for the lowest score of the classic. In the final round, Guo had an eagle on the par five sixth and birdied No. 9. She had four birdies and a bogey on the back nine.

Second-place finisher Karen Fredgaard, of Houston, another freshman, was six strokes back, finishing 11-under 205, and Texas occupied three of the top five spots on the individual leaderboard.

Texas’ Sara Kouskova, a sophomore, finished third overall, shooting seven-under 209 over the three days. She was even par yesterday. Teammate Kaitlyn Papp, the fourth ranked golfer in the nation, finished tied for fourth overall. Papp, a junior, was six-under 210 for the tournament. She was three-under 69 on the final day. Finishing tied for fourth with Papp was Georgia Bulldogs’ freshman Caterina Don. She was one-under 71 yesterday and six-under 210 for the tournament.

Five female golfers finished tied for sixth, including Texas’ fourth golfer Emilee Hoffman, a junior. They all shot five-under 211, and all five were under par yesterday.

More than 80 female golfers from 14 top National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I schools came to The Bahamas for the collegiate classic.

The 18-hole par-72 course carries a total yardage of 6,415 for women, and the event was sponsored in part by The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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