Newlin guides Roadrunners to fifth-place tie at The Alamo Invitational
SAN ANTONIO — Taylor Newlin posted her first top-10 finish of the season to lead the UTSA women's golf team to a fifth-place tie with a school-record four-under-par 860 at The Alamo Invitational, which concluded on Tuesday at Briggs Ranch Golf Club (par 72/6,428 yards).
Newlin carded a final-round 74 that included three birdies and she finished the 54-hole event in a tie for seventh place at three-under 213. The senior opened with a career-best-tying three-under 69 on Sunday and followed that with a 70 on Monday. The Frisco native, who led the field in par-five scoring at six under, matched Fabiola Arriaga's winning total of 213 from 2011 as the best 54-hole score by a Roadrunner in the tournament's five-year history and she was just one stroke off the overall school record of 212 held by Fabiola Arriaga and Paola Valerio.
Arriaga and Brogan Townend tied for 13th at two-under 214.
Arriaga, a senior from Torreon, Mexico, turned in a final-round 72 after posting a 68 and 74 in the first two rounds.
Meanwhile, Townend, a sophomore from Blackburn, England, recorded a 73 to follow a personal-best 67 in the second round and 74 on the opening day.
Aimee Ponte provided the other top-four score for the Roadrunners on Tuesday, as the freshman from Guernsey, U.K., fired a season-low 70 that included a 33 on the front.
Bolstered by the trio of top-15 showings, UTSA tied Texas A&M for fifth place in the 15-team field in its final fall event. The Roadrunners registered a four-under 860 (285-286-289) to eclipse the previous school standard of 863 posted at the 2012 The Alamo Invitational. UTSA and the Aggies were five shots behind No. 17 Florida (855).
Fifth-ranked Oklahoma successfully defended its team title and blistered its own tournament record by eight strokes with a 24-under 840 (278-286-276). No. 25 LSU was second at 16-under 848 and No. 7 Arkansas was third (851). TCU (866), Texas State (870), Louisville (872) and No. 18 Tulane (875) rounded out the top 10.
LSU's Lindsay Gahm edged Oklahoma's Alexandra Kaui for the individual crown. Gahm bettered the previous event record of 209 with an 11-under 205 (68-68-69), while Kaui was one shot back with a 206 (68-73-65). In all, 21 players broke par for the tournament.
The Roadrunners will open their spring campaign in February at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans, La.