The Longhorns finished well short of their goal of retaining their title with a sixth-place finish in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Tuesday, marking the end of their fall season.
Texas tallied a three-day total of 26-over 890 in its own tournament, which it won last season.
“That’s the hard part in golf,” Richards said. “It’s hard to feel good all the way around when your scores don’t reflect it.”
The Longhorns had a tough final day, shooting a 16-over 304 as sophomore Bertine Strauss birdied the fifth and 14th holes before falling from fourth to 15th place with a 7-over 79 Tuesday.
“There’s a lot we can learn from today,” Strauss said. “We just need to move forward and make the best out of it.”
Florida edged Alabama in the fifth tiebreaker for the team title with a 1-under 863 and the Gators’ Camilla Hedberg took home the individual title with a 8-under 208.
“Golf isn’t about being perfect,” Richards said. “If we can just get them to be a little more consistent, then we’re going to be a really good team.”