Aggies finish third at PING/ASU tournament
Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07
In the final tournament in the regular season, the No. 13 Texas A&M women’s golf team finished in third place at the PING/ASU Tournament in Tempe, Arizona.
The Aggies started the tournament by carding their lowest score in a tournament all season by scoring a three over par for a score of 287. The score would place the Aggies in fifth place and trailed host No. 5 Arizona State by seven strokes. During the first round of play, freshman Patricia Garcia posted her lowest collegiate score by scoring a one under 70 placing her in ninth place.
In the second round, the Aggies charged ahead into a tie for second place with Texas with a total score of 574. The charge was lead by sophomore Katerina Ruzickova who shot a season best one under 70 that moved her from a tie at 43rd place to a tie for 15th place.
In the final round, the Aggies used consistent solid play throughout the day that ultimately lead to a third place finish with a total score of 873, 4 shots behind second place No. 5 Arizona State and 16 shots behind No. 1 and tournament champion UCLA. Garcia finished strong, ending the tournament in a tie for seventh place, but only finished three shots behind tourney co-champions Ani Gulugian from UCLA and Demi Runas from UC Davis. Junior Sarah Beth Davis finished the tournament tied for 22nd with a total score of 220. Junior Mary Michael Maggio finished tied for 26th with a 222 total score. Sophomore Katerina Ruzickova finished tied for 32nd with a 223 score. Sophomore Natalie Reeves finished tied for 66th place with a 229 total score. All players led the charge for A&M to finish third ahead of teams such as No. 3 USC, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 LSU, No. 11 Oklahoma State and rival Texas.
With the regular season in the books, the Aggie women’s golf team will now focus on preparing for the Big 12 Championship hosted this year by Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. By ending the year with good momentum, the Aggies will hope to continue the good play to extend their season past the Big 12 Championship and into the NCAA Tournament.
The Big 12 Championship will take place April 27-29 in Lawrence, Kan.