Texas finishes 13th in Betsy Rawls Invitational

Shelby Hodges

The 40th annual Betsy Rawls Invitational ended Tuesday with Texas in 13th place. UCLA, ranked No. 1 coming into the tournament, finished on top, ten strokes ahead of the closest competition. Freshman Allison Lee from UCLA won first place overall with a total score of 12-under-par 204.

Texas sophomore Natalie Karcher continued her success with a third round score of 1-over-par 73 and ended the event tied for 27th place, the highest rank of the team. After a rough first two days, junior Bertine Strauss had the best third round for Texas, shooting a 1-under-par 71, but still ended the tournament fourth best on the team with a 69th place finish.

Sophomore Tezira Abe and freshman Julia Beck improved Tuesday as well, shooting 2-over-par 74 and 1-over-par 73, respectively, while freshman Anne Hakula struggled with a score of 79. 

“I think we are seeing some good stuff from our young players, which is what I thought would happen,” Texas head coach Martha Richards said. “We’re growing and getting better. I think as the spring goes on, we’re just going to keep getting better.”