Arriaga, Newlin lead Roadrunners on first day of The Alamo Invitational
SAN ANTONIO — On the strength of sub-70 rounds from both Fabiola Arriaga and Taylor Newlin, UTSA is in a tie for fifth place after the first day of The Alamo Invitational, which began on Sunday at Briggs Ranch Golf Club (par 72/6,428 yards).
Arriaga, the event's 2011 individual champion, recorded three birdies en route to a three-under 33 on the front nine and then had two more as part of a 35 on the back in matching her best collegiate round with a four-under-par 68. The Torreon, Mexico, native, who also posted a 68 in the second round of the 2012 Golfweek Conference Challenge, is in a tie for third with 36 holes remaining, one shot off the pace set by Florida's Sarah Schober and Louisville's Laura Restrepo.
Newlin also matched her career collegiate low round with a three-under 69 that included three birdies on the front as part of a 33 and one more on the back. The Frisco product is in a tie for ninth after equaling the 69 she turned in at the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships.
The Roadrunners also got a 74 from both Brogan Townend and Aimee Ponte in carding a three-under 285 and are tied with No. 25 LSU for fifth in the team standings. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma registered a 10-under 278 and it holds a one-shot lead on No. 7 Arkansas (279). No. 17 Florida is third (280) and Texas A&M is fourth (281) in the 15-team field. SMU (287), Florida State (289) and TCU (289) round out the top 10 squads.
The second round is slated to tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.