Women’s golf looks to replicate past success at the NCAA Regional Championship

Bridget Bonasoro

On Thursday, for the eighth season in a row, the Texas women’s golf team will be headed to the three-day NCAA Regional Championship. The Longhorns enter the competition at Briggs Ranch in San Antonio, Texas, as the No. 11 seed. 

The 54-hole regional tournament features three top-10 teams  in Golfweek’s rankings: No. 1 Washington, No. 2 UCLA and No. 9 Texas A&M. The Longhorns will also be competing against three Big 12 Conference members Texas Tech, Oklahoma and conference champion Baylor.

Just two weeks ago at the Big 12 Championship, the Longhorns were in San Antonio, where they had a disappointing sixth-place finish. 

While junior Tezira Abe had her best finish of the season, a tie for 10th place, the next closest Longhorn was senior Bertine Strauss in 20th. In addition, three of the five Longhorns that competed had individual rounds that exceeded their average by three or more strokes.

At the NCAA Regional Championship, Texas will have a chance to rectify that mediocre performance. Texas has the talent to do so, as every member of the prospective lineup — which includes Strauss, Abe, junior Natalie Karcher, and sophomores Julia Beck and Anne Hakula — has had success this season and all have set personal records.

If Texas is able to finish in the top six, it will advance to play at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Bradenton, Florida, May 22–27.