Madison Pressel

Seniors Desiree Dubreuil and Madison Pressel’s total scores of 225 positions put the women’s golf squad in fourth place at the conclusion of the SDSU Farms Invitational. The Longhorns (303-306-301) ended the tournament at 46-over-par.

Pressel (75-78-72) recorded three consecutive birdies at the eighth, ninth and 10th holes. Scores over-par included bogeys at holes 6, 15 and 17. Dubreuil (75-73-77) shared the same score of 9-over 225 as Pressel. Dubreuil started the final round with a birdie at the opening hole but bogeyed six times in the round. Dubreuil and Pressel ended the tournament in a tie for 12th place.

Sophomore Bertine Strauss (76-77-78) tied for 26th at 15-over 231. Senior Katelyn Sepmoree (77-78-77) finished one stroke behind Strauss at 16-over 232 for 30th place.

Freshman Tezira Abe (78-84-75) finished at 21-over 237 and tied for 46th place. Fellow freshman Natalie Karcher (77-78-78) competed as an individual and ended the tournament tied for 31st place at 17-over 233.

The top-ranked Trojans claimed their fourth team title of the year. As a team, USC (298-289-288) carded at 11-over 875. On the player leaderboard USC’s Sophia Popov finished in first place, one stroke over.

A week before postseason play commences with the Big 12 Tournament on April 19, the Longhorns have one last regular season tournament scheduled in the PING/ASU Invitational at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

Madison Pressel | Golfer

Texas makes its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament with its trip to the NCAA Central Regional Championship  on Thursday as the No. 6 seed.


The team won an automatic conference bid after capturing the Big 12 title on April 24. The regional takes place from May 5-7 at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

This is the program’s 26th postseason appearance overall, and Martha Richards’ fourth as the Longhorns’ head coach. They have had success in the regional rounds the past three years, advancing to the NCAA Championship each time.

Texas’ lineup includes Big 12 player of the year Madison Pressel in the first slot.

Among other awards, Pressel was named the conference’s player of the month for May on Wednesday. Pressel has momentum going into this tournament, and so does the team, fresh off its Big
12 championship. The team has the luxury of going into this tournament with a title win, something not even top-ranked UCLA can boast at this time.

There are 24 teams overall competing, double the size of the Big 12 tournament. Texas initially will play alongside No. 5 Wake Forest and No. 7 Tulane.

Women's Golf

Madison Pressel

After a record-setting performance at the Big 12 Championship, where she won the individual title with a score of eight-under, sophomore Madison Pressel added another accolade to her season on Thursday when the Big 12 named her the conference’s female Golf Player of the Year.

This makes her the third player in school history to be honored with the award, along with Heather Bowie in 1997 and Janice Olivencia in 2002.

Pressel’s score was the best in Big 12 Championship history and her second-round score of 66 last weekend in Missouri broke a conference record for lowest-scoring round. She has four top-10 finishes this season, and Golfweek ranks her 38th in the nation at the collegiate level.

All of this propelled her onto the 2011 All-Big 12 team, the only Texas player to get the nod. The All-Big 12 team consists of the 10 players who were the highest-ranked Big 12 golfers, according to the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin poll, which is released after the Big 12 Championship.

Among other awards were newcomer of the year, which went to Colorado’s Jessica Wallace, and Big 12 coach of the year for Iowa State’s Christie Martens. Both awards were based on votes from all the league’s head golf coaches.

The Big 12 champion and player of the year joins the rest of the Longhorns as they prepare for the NCAA Central Regional Championship in South Bend, Ind., May 5-7. 

Womens Golf

Sophomore Haley Stephens showed no signs of cooling off, finishing Monday with an even-par 72 after her season-best 69 on Monday at the UCF Challenge in Florida.

She had four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey on the second day of competition to put her 36-hole total at three-under 141. Stephens had a bogey on 15 and a double bogey on the 16th, but she closed with two pars on her last two holes to end even on Monday. She is tied for sixth place heading into Tuesday’s finale.

Sophomore Madison Pressel ended the day with a one-over. She had a pair of bogeys on the first two holes, a pair of pars on the next two and found a birdie opportunity on the par-4 fifth hole. On her last 13 holes she made par and ended tied for 14th place at 1-over 145.

Sophomores Pressel and Katelyn Sepmoree are the only other Longhorns in top 20. Pressel is tied for 14th place overall with a total score of one-over 145 while Sepmoree is tied for 18th, one stroke behind her teammate.

Texas is still sixth overall in the team rankings at eight-over. Coastal Carolina finished in first with a one-over 298, South Carolina is in second place trailing Costal Carolina by four strokes. Tulane tops off the leaderboard in third place at three-over 579.

The tournament concludes this morning with a 7:45 tee-time in a shotgun start from the fourth, fifth and sixth holes. Texas plays alongside fourth-place Kentucky and fifth-place Minnesota.