411OnTheForty: Women’s golf turns in record performance in first round of Mountain View Collegiate

20 Mar By
College World Series
The Texas women's golf team leads the Mountain View Collegiate by six strokes over Houston and Iowa State after Friday's first round (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

TUCSON, Arizona — The Texas women's golf team claimed another place in the program record book when the Longhorns shot a 16-under-par 272 in the opening round of the Mountain View Collegiate at the Omni Tucson National Golf Clap.

Texas broke the school record for a score to par (-16) and tied the program's lowest overall 18-hole score (272).

Freshman Ashley Park led UT's historic round, firing a 6-under 66, the best performance of her collegiate career. Her 66 is the fourth-lowest in the tournament's history, and she led the individual standings after the first day.

Agathe Laisne is tied for 5-under par after beginning her day with four straight birdies on holes two through five. Her 67 was the second-best round the senior has posted this season.

Tied for eighth heading into Saturday is Kaitlyn Papp, who contributed to the strong showing with a three-under 69.

As a team, Texas is atop the leaderboard, holding a six-stroke lead over Houston and Iowa State, who each finished the first round at -10. Oklahoma State is just behind the top three at -9.

The Longhorns will pursue their second straight team title Saturday in the Grand Canyon State in round two; UT won the Wildcat Invitational March 9. Following the Mountain View Collegiate, Texas has two tournaments left on the schedule before the Big 12 Championships begin April 18.

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