Women’s golf looks to capitalize on strong start

Travis Hlavinka

The 2016 non-conference tournament season is underway, and the Longhorns look to make a big splash before conference play begins. 

Texas opened up its season at the Minnesota Invitational at Minikahda Golf Club in Minneapolis last weekend. The Longhorns got off to a hot start, placing No. 3 overall behind the play of freshmen Greta Volker and Emilee Hoffman and junior Sophia Schubert.

Volker placed No. 10 individually, while Hoffman finished at No. 12 and Schubert tied for No. 17. Volker shot a third-round 78, her highest score of the tournament. She shot a 75 in round one and a 68 in round two, four strokes under par. 

Schubert will look to bounce back in the season’s second tournament after a lower-than-expected finish in Minnesota. She was the Longhorns best player in 2016, leading Texas with three sub-par tournaments. Her round average of 72.72 was nearly one stroke better than any other player on the Texas roster. Two other Longhorns finished the tournament in the top 60, as senior Julia Beck tied for No. 27 and freshman Dominique Galloway finished No. 53. 

Beck is the seasoned veteran on the Longhorns roster, competing in every event as a junior in 2015. She was named to both the 2016 Big 12 All-Tournament Team as well as the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 First team. 

The Longhorns look to continue their momentum in South Carolina against No. 20 Furman. The Lady Paladin finished on top at the Minnesota Invitational. 

Play begins at the Furman University Golf Club on Friday and ends on Sunday.