Matranga Leads Frogs in First Day of Betsy Rawls
March 11, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - Catherine Matranga stepped up today to lead the Horned Frogs at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. At four-over par (76), the sophomore sits at a tie for 13th and falls six strokes short of the leader, Nebraska's Elli Brown (-2). No. 61 Nebraska also leads the teams, having leapt ahead of No. 1 Duke by five strokes in the final three holes.
Sophomore Camille Blackerby turned in a seven-over score of 79 to finish out the first round and tied for 26th. Junior Traci Robison fired a 12-over 84, tying for 75th. Sophomore Elin Emanuelsson hit one stroke more with a 13-over 85 to tie for 81st, and senior D'Rae Ward rounded out the group with a tie for 90th, shooting a 15-over 87. Her first hole triple-bogey stymied her from the get-go.
The Frogs are in 11th place, just one stroke out of the top 10, with a 36-over par score.
The University of Texas hosts the invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club, a 6,323 yard, 72-par course to be played in 54 holes, 18 each of the three days. The 17-team field features 13 teams in the nation's top 50, including No. 1 Duke, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Missouri, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 21 Tulsa, No. 24 Texas, No. 26 SMU, No. 31 California, No. 34 Baylor, No. 37 Texas A&M, and No. 39 Oklahoma.
Individually, eight of the nation's top 20 golfers will challenge the TCU golfers. They include No. 1 Louise Stahle of Arizona State, No. 2 Karin Sjodin of Oklahoma State, No. 3 Brittany Lang of Duke, No. 4 Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke, No. 9 Annie Thurman of Oklahoma State, No. 13 Maria Ohlsson of Missouri, No. 17 Stacy Lewis of Arkansas, and No. 19 Sofie Andersson of California.
Senior D'Rae Ward (76.41 season avg, 68 career low), junior Traci Robison (78.81 season avg, 73 career low), sophomores Blackerby (75.57 season avg, 70 career low), Elin Emanuelsson (77.18 season avg, 72 career low), and Catherine Matranga (76.14 season avg, 70 career low) represent the Frogs.
Last year's individual title went to Vanderbilt's Chris Brady (72-77-77=226) and the team trophy went to Vanderbilt (316-316-303=935. Live scoring will be available via Golfstat (www.golfstat.com) and complete results will be posted on www.TexasSports.com.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top Five): 1. Ellie Brown, Nebraska, 70 (-2); 2. Lee Anne Pace, Tulsa, 71 (-1); 3. Christa Spedding, Texas A&M, 72 (E); 4. Merynn Ito, Nebraska, 73 (+1); T5. Michaela Cavener, Tulsa, 74 (+2); T5. Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke, 74 (+2); T5. Stacy Lewis, Arkansas, 74 (+2).
TEAM RESULTS (Top Five): 1. Nebraska (+14) 302; 2. Duke (+19) 307; 3. Arkansas (+21) 309; 4. Oklahoma State (+22) 310; 5. Tulsa (+23) 311.