Women’s golf finishes second behind Oklahoma at tourney

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Despite a late surge, the Longhorns fell just short of a win at the Dale McNamara Invitational tournament in Tulsa, Okla., ending tied for second place on Wednesday.

Texas started well and on Monday shot a combined score of 297 for 7-over par. That put Texas in fourth, five strokes behind first-place UNLV.

All three of the Longhorns’ top players finished the day in the top 25. Junior Nicole Vandermade shot a 74, sophomore Haley Stephens carded a 75 and sophomore Madison Pressel led the team with an even par score of 72.

On Tuesday, the Longhorns caught UNLV but still ended in fourth, 16 strokes behind Big 12 rival Oklahoma, who moved to the top of the leaderboard with an aggregate score of 7-over.

“[We] had three good scores, needed a fourth and didn’t get it today,” Texas coach Martha Richards said about Tuesday. “But it’s just golf; everyone has off days.”

The team came out on day three with a sense of urgency and played well, moving up the leaderboard to finish the tournament tied for second place with Oklahoma State behind Oklahoma.

The top four players in Texas’ lineup made solid contributions, especially sophomore Katelyn Sepmoree, who lit up the course with a final round of 2-under par.

“Katelyn had a great week; minus-two today was a great round of golf in the strong wind and her birdie on 18 was awesome,” Richards said.

Texas earned its best team finish of the year. The Longhorns play next at the Landfall Tradition Tournament in Wilmington, N.C., on Oct. 22.