LAREDO – The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College women's golf team finished sixth at the 2013 Jack Brown Memorial tournament Tuesday in Laredo.
The event was held at the Laredo Country Club and hosted by Texas A&M-International University. UTB-TSC finished at 698 after 36 holes.
"Today we got off to a better start, proud of the girls the way they started, unfortunately during the middle of the round and towards the end we got some bad breaks and made a few big numbers," coach Anthony Lopez said. "Our goal for the day was to start off on the right foot and start off strong and not to fight back all day. I felt we did that. We started off strong, but we were not able to sustain it."
Sophomore Alaney Muro finished tied for seventh place at 162, improving her Monday score by four strokes by finishing with a 79 on Tuesday on a par-72 course. Muro was three strokes shy of a top-five finish.
Sophomore Veronica Vasquez barely missed the top 10 by finishing tied for 11th at 165. She shot 82 on Tuesday.
Senior Christian Lira improved on her score from Day 1, finishing three strokes better than Day 1 at 90. She finished tied for 35th.
Freshman Angela Zepeda (tied for 37th) and freshman Paulette Tostado (45th) rounded out the scoring for UTB-TSC with a 184 and 202, respectively.
UTB-TSC shot a second-round 345, one stroke better than third-place Texas A&M-Kingsville. The University of Incarnate Word was the overall leader with a 637.
Playing a tough course like the one in Laredo will help the UTB-TSC women's team prepare for the remainder of the season.
"(Laredo Country Club) is the hardest course we play all year. That makes every course that we play after this seem so much easier, including next week in Victoria," Lopez said. "We will analyze this tournament and make some changes before next week and hopefully do better team wise."
The women's team next plays Sunday, Feb. 17, in Victoria, in the Claude Jacobs Invitational hosted by University of Houston-Victoria.
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LAREDO – Senior captain Sarah Kothny shaved six strokes off of her first-round score to finish third and contributed to an 11-stroke improvement by the University of Texas-Pan American women’s golf team as the Broncs finished tied for third at the Jack Brown Memorial Tournament, hosted by Texas A&M International, on Tuesday at Laredo Country Club.
Kothny shot a 74 during the second round to move up four spots at 154, six strokes behind co-medalists Stephanie Berelsen and Franzi Voellinger of Western Texas Community College at 148.
As a team, the Broncs shot a second-round 333, the third best score of the round, to vault from sixth into a tie for third with Texas A&M-Kingsville and Schreiner at 677. Incarnate Word won with a 637 (315- 322), and Western Texas Community College came in second (644--316- 328).
Three other Broncs improved on their second-round scores, including freshman Haley Sauls, who moved up eight spots by shaving nine strokes off of her score with an 85 for a 179 total. That put her in a tie for 32nd with sophomore and Edcouch native Ashley Garcia, who improved by one stroke with an 89.
Freshman Juls Crook knocked four strokes off of her score, shooting a 92 to finish at 188. Blake Peterson tied for 11th at 165 (80-85).
The Broncs return to action Monday and Tuesday at McNeese State.
-- UTPA Services