Women’s golf finishes second at “Mo” Morial Invitational

JT Bowen, Sports reporter

No. 15 Texas women’s golf placed second in the “Mo” Morial Invitational at Traditions Club  on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bryan, Texas with a final score of 857 (-7). The Longhorns led after a strong opening day, but finished four shots behind No. 11 Texas A&M.

The Longhorns continued their hot start to the season, following up their second-place finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate with another runner-up performance. Texas fell behind host Texas A&M on the final day, with North Carolina rounding out the top three.

“Obviously it is not the outcome we wanted, but there were positives to take home,” head coach Ryan Murphy said.

Texas was led by senior Sophie Guo who tied for seventh and paced the Longhorns at 4-under over the two-day event that finished Wednesday. On Tuesday, Guo set an event 36-hole record with a 9-under 135 score.

“We had several rounds under par and obviously Sophie (Guo) had a terrific first day,” Murphy said. “It’s noteworthy that all five of our players had a round under par in the tournament — a mark of a great team.”

Murphy’s lineup featured Guo, sophomore Bohyun Park, junior Bentley Cotton, freshman Cindy Hsu and freshman Emily Odwin, who made her Texas debut.

Out of a field of 78 competitors from 14 total schools, all five Longhorns finished in the top 25, with Hsu placing 10th after an eighth place finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. Park continued her strong early-season play, solidifying herself as one of Texas’ top talents.

Murphy believed his team could have won, but was proud of the effort and noted valuable takeaways, especially the performances of Hsu and Guo.

As a team, we had our chance to win the tournament but simply did not finish well,” Murphy said. “It happens, unfortunately. But, as always, the experience will help us for next time we are in that position, and we will be better ready to seize the opportunity.”  

Texas will hit the greens next on Oct. 3 and 4 at the Windy City Classic in Highland Park, Illinois.