Katelyn Sepmoree

A pair of seniors helped the Longhorns place fifth overall with a score of 15-over 299 in Monday’s first round of the 2013 Northrop Grumman Regional Invitational.

Seniors Desiree Dubreuil and Katelyn Sepmoree led Texas with a first round 3-over 74 each at the Par 71 Parlos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif. Sepmoree ended the day with birdies on the par four ninth and 11th holes, a bogey at the 17th and two double bogeys at holes five and 10. Dubreuil teed off first for the Longhorns and had a rocky start on the front nine which included on holes three through nine a scorecard of bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey, double bogie, par and bogey. Her back nine produced a bogey-free half round of golf with birdies at the par four 12th and par four 18th. On the player leaderboard, both Dubreuil and Sepmoree are tied at 19th overall, four strokes behind the leader Alejandra Cangrejo of Duke.

Senior Madison Pressel finished one stroke behind her teammates at 4-over 75. Fellow senior Haley Stephens finished her round at 5-over 76 while sophomore Bertine Strauss rounded out the Longhorns at 6-over 77. Pressel, Stephens and Strauss are tied at 30th, 35th and 43rd respectively.

Overall, the UCLA Lady Bruins led the tournament at 4-over 288, while Duke and Florida are two shots off the lead. USC finished one stroke ahead of the Longhorns at 14-over 298.

After staying in the top two in the first and second rounds, the Longhorns slipped up Sunday on their way to a fourth-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. Texas finished its first tournament of the season with a combined score of 34-over-par.

The Longhorns started out the weekend with a strong opening round on Friday, holding a four-shot lead over Arizona. Seniors Katelyn Sepmoree and Desiree Dubreuil and freshman Tezira Abe each turned in rounds of 1-over-par to give Texas the early lead.

Senior Haley Stephens led the team on Saturday, finishing her second round 1-under-par. Abe finished at an even 72, but despite her efforts, the Longhorns slipped back to second, trailing Arizona by five strokes.

Sunday saw the Longhorns fall even further back. Dubreuil, Sepmoree and Stephens each shot a 77 in the final round. As a team, Texas shot a 21-over 309.

Arizona won the tournament with a 25-over-par, followed by Virginia and Michigan State. Emilie Burger of Georgia took home the individual title with an even-par 216.

Individually, Dubreuil and Abe led the Longhorns with a 7-over-par and finished tied for seventh over the weekend. Stephens finished tied for 15th with a 9-over-par.

Sepmoree ended her weekend tied for 28th with a 13-over-par.

Competing as individuals, freshman Natalie Karcher tied for 41st and senior Madison Pressel finished 58th. Karcher shot a 16-over-par and Pressel shot a 20-over-par.

The tournament featured the collegiate debut of three freshmen. In addition to Abe and Karcher, freshman Taylor Kim shot a 24-over-par and finished tied for 66th.

The Longhorns will next compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, CA on Oct. 19 – 21.

Texas kicked off the “Mo” Morial Invitational on Sunday with an 11-over-par 299, good for second place, three strokes back of the Auburn Tigers’ opening round 296.

The highlight of the morning was South African freshman Bertine Strauss  scoring a 5-over-par 77 in her college debut.

Strauss’ 77 was good enough to put her in a tie for 16th in the individual scoring after day one.

Nicole Vandermade’s 1-under 71 led the team on Sunday while Haley Stephens scored a 74, Katelyn Sepmoree earned a 77 and Madison Pressel carded a 78.

The Longhorns wasted no time erasing Sunday’s 3-stroke deficit on Monday morning. Led by junior Haley Stephens’ 2-under-par 70, tied for the tournament low, Texas was able to take over first place in the team’s opening tournament of the season at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

To go with Stephens’ great day, Vandermade shot a par 72 to put herself in a three-way tie for first in the tournament at 1-under after two rounds.

Strauss and Pressel shot matching scores at 2-over 74 to put them at 7-over and 8-over, respectively, on the tournament. Sepmoree finished the day with a 10-over 82, putting her at 15-over-par for the week.

The Longhorn’s team score of 290 on the day, combined with Auburn’s 14-over par 302, gives Texas a nine stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final day of play.