Baylor women’s golf finished in fourth place at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational after shooting 2-under-par 286 in Tuesday’s final round at University of Texas Golf Club. The Bears shot 13-over 877 over the 54-hole tournament.
Kent State (-2) won the tournament, followed by Miami (-1) and Texas (+2). The Bears (+13) recorded wins over Texas Tech (+17), SMU (+21), UNLV (+22), Minnesota (+33), Texas State (+36), Notre Dame (+36), Tulane (+41), Tulsa (+46), New Mexico (+56) and North Florida (+61).
BU improved its team score in each of the three rounds. The Bears shot 11-over 299 in Monday’s first round, then improved by seven strokes to 4-over 291 in the second round later in the day. Tuesday’s final round with another six-stroke improvement at 2-under 286.
Junior Amy Lee finished tied for sixth place at 3-under 213 following a final round of 5-under 67. Freshman Evelyn Arguelles shot 3-under 69 in the final round to finished tied for 10th place at 1-over 217. Sophomore Maria Vesga carded a final-round 1-over 73 to tie for 17th place at 4-over 220. Sophomore Dylan Kim and senior Maggie Beth Byers both shot 5-over 77 in the final round, with Kim finishing tied for 35th at 10-over 226 and Byers tied for 46th at 12-over 228.
Baylor led the 14-team field in par-3 scoring at 5-under 2.92, finished fourth in par-4 scoring at 24-over 4.16 and finished sixth in par-5 scoring at 6-over 5.10.
BU made 44 birdies, trailing only Miami (47) and Kent State (46).
Baylor’s 168 pars over the 54-hole tournament were fourth-most in the field.
Lee tied for second in the 74-player field in par-3 scoring at 3-under 2.75, while Kim and Vesga tied for ninth at 1-under 2.92.
Arguelles tied for sixth in par-4 scoring at even-par 4.00, while Lee tied for ninth at 1-over 4.03.
Arguelles made 38 pars, tied for third-most in the field.
Lee tied for fourth in the field with 11 birdies over 54 holes.
STAT OF THE DAY
3 – the number of Baylor players to record top-20 finishes in the 74-player field. Lee tied for sixth, Arguelles tied for 10th and Vesga tied for 17th.
“It’s nice to end an event on a high note, and I’m proud of how the team fought back today and posted our best score of the tournament,” head coach Jay Goble said. “Amy Lee is improving all the time, and I’m very proud of her this week. Evelyn Arguelles is really doing great for her first semester at Baylor. I love her tenacity and her desire to fight for every shot on the course.”
Baylor returns to action on Sunday at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Boulder Creek Country Club.