411OnTheForty: Kaitlyn Papp finishes as low amateur at U.S Women’s Open

15 Dec By
College World Series
Kaitlyn Papp finished as the low amateur, which earned her an exemption into the 2021 U.S. Open (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

HOUSTON, Texas — Kaitlyn Papp was not wearing the orange and white as she took to the course this weekend at the U.S Women's Open, but represented the Texas women's golf team well, finishing as the low amateur at the tournament.

After performing well with Texas throughout the fall schedule, Papp has been improving her skills as she competes with the best of the best on a national and international stage.

The senior finished tied for ninth overall (plus-3, 287), just enough to earn an exemption into the 2021 U.S Open. Heading into Monday, the final day of play, Papp was tied for fifth, thanks to several great putts to keep her in championship contention.

Finishing in the top 10 of one of the most competitive tournaments in America is no small feat for Papp, who hopes to embark on a professional career after she concludes her time at Texas. Papp will be a centerpiece for the Texas head coach Ryan Murphy's squad, as she has earned WGCA and Golfweek All-America honors in each of the last three seasons.

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley