Texas sits in 2nd place after first day of UCF Challenge

Rosalyn Barnett

Women’s golf ended the first round of the UCF Challenge in second place at 11-over-par after 18 holes.

Junior Haley Mills led the Longhorns with an even par 72 to tie for third place. Sophomore Sophia Schubert finished tied for twelfth with a 2-over 74. Freshman Maddie Luitwieler carded two birdies, but her double bogey on hole 12, along with four bogeys, left her with a 76.

As of Sunday night, junior Julia Beck sits just one shot behind Luitwieler with a 5-over 77. She carded three birdies, but her six bogeys and one double held her back. Senior Tezira Abe struggled to play consistently with eight bogeys and two double bogeys. She’s sitting tied for 78th, and will have her work cut out for her to climb back up the leaderboard.

Houston currently leads all 18 teams at 7-over while Missouri’s Michelle Butler and Tulane’s Emily Penttila share the individual lead with a 1-under 71.

The second and third rounds of the UCF Challenge will be held today and Tuesday.