Texas women aim to win NCAA regional golf

After winning the Big 12 tournament for the fourth time in five years, the Texas Longhorns women’s golf team is preparing for a regional in Albuquerque, NM, starting Monday.

Texas is expected to be the No. 3 seed in that region, with Oregon as the No. 1 seed. Two other Big 12 teams are in Albuquerque — TCU at No. 6 and Oklahoma at No. 9.

The Longhorns won the Big 12 tournament with a 54-hole score of 24 over par, or 876, with the tournament being played at the Clubs in Houston Oaks. It was just Team Texas’ first win of the spring, with Oklahoma State and Baylor tied for second three strokes behind.

Two players from Texas have earned Big 12 All-Tournament honors – Bohyun Park and Sara Kouskova. Park, a freshman, tied for third after shooting a 217-4 over par at Houston. Kouskova finished sixth with a score of 218, five over par. Kouskova recently played in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Bentley Cotton narrowly missed out on All-Big 12 honors as they finished tied for 11th with a nine-over-par 222.

Sophie Guo also finished in the Top 15 last month with a 14 on par 227, which included a second-round 72. Last Longhorn is Briggite Thibault, who finished tied for 32nd at 17 on par 230 .

Texas has finished in the Top 5 seven times this season and is set to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and 30th time in program history.

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Texas is also one of five teams to have reached the eight-team Match Play portion of the NCAA Championships in each of the past two outings (2019 and 2021), joining Auburn, Arizona, Duke and Stanford.

For Texas to advance to the national championship as a team, the Longhorns will need to finish in the Top 4 in next week’s regionals.

The national championships will be held May 20-25 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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