Women’s golf begins season Sunday against Texas A&M

Reanna Zuniga

The women’s golf team kicks off its season this weekend with a tournament Sunday against Texas A&M in Bryan, Texas.

This year’s team will look to adapt to the loss of its top player, Bertine Strauss, who graduated and moved on to the WPGA.

Over the summer, the Longhorns added three new faces to their team: freshman Maddie Luitwieler and transfers Sophia Schubert and Haley Mills.

Schubert is a sophomore transfer from Auburn and will be eligible to play at Sunday’s tournament.

“I am thrilled to have Sophia join our team this fall,” head coach Ryan Murphy said. “She was named an All-American in both junior golf and again last year for her collegiate season. Sophia is a proven winner with the desire to continue to elevate her game.”

In her first year with Auburn, Schubert led the team in stroke average with 73.54, and posted five top-20 finishes. She comes to Texas ranked among the top 50 national players. 

“Additionally, Sophia has a very calm demeanor about her as well as a fun personality,” Murphy said. “She will fit in very well with our current players here at Texas.”

Mills is a junior transfer from Kentucky and is ranked 84th among the national standings.

Aside from the losses and additions, four players from the 2014-2015 season are returning. Last year, the team missed the NCAA Championship by two strokes, but it has its eyes set on making the tournament this year.

One of the returning players, Natalie Karcher, was awarded as a 2015 All-American Scholar by the WGCA for the second consecutive year.

The even mix of fresh faces and veterans will make for an exciting season. Sunday’s tournament is just the beginning.