STANFORD, Calif. — The No. 7 Texas Women’s Golf team recorded a 6-under-par 278 on Sunday to finish in a tie for sixth place at the Stanford Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course. Senior Sara Kouskova paced the Longhorns with a runner-up performance in the individual standings at 12-under-par 201 (68-67-66).
Texas, which sat in 16th place in the team standings following Friday’s opening round, jumped to ninth after Saturday’s second round and improved three more spots during Sunday’s final 18 holes. The Longhorns concluded the tournament at 6-over-par 858 (303-277-278). UT recorded a tie for the second-lowest team score on Sunday, equaling No. 21 San Jose State and just one stroke behind No. 1 Stanford (277).
The 17-team field at the Stanford Intercollegiate included seven teams that are ranked in the updated Division I Muzuno WGCA Coaches Poll (Oct. 15), including host No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Oregon, No. 7 Texas, No. 15 UCLA, No. 18 Georgia, No. 20 Arizona State and No. 21 San Jose State.
“Our team showed lots of fight this week,” Texas head coach Ryan Murphy said. “Rounds two (277) and three (278) were very strong. I’m proud of the ladies for their bounce back after our slow start. Sara (Kouskova) played a terrific tournament. Most years, her score (201) wins the tournament. She was sensational from start to finish, particularly today. I’m proud of Sara!”
Host Stanford captured the team championship with a 54-hole total of 28-under-par 824 (273-274-277). No. 21 San Jose State took second at 6-under-par 846 (283-285-278), while No. 15 UCLA placed third at 1-under-par 851 (290-280-281). Stanford’s Rose Zhang won individual medalist honors at 16-under-par 197 (65-65-67), four strokes in front of Kouskova.
Kouskova tied her collegiate-best 18-hole score of 66 during Sunday’s final round. The 66 matched her previous career best 18-hole score, set in the opening round of the Schooner Fall Classic during her freshman year in 2018-19. Her three-round total of 201 marked the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history, just two strokes off the record (199) set by Sophie Guo at the White Sands Invitational during the 2019-20 season.
The Longhorns are next in action at the Landfall Tradition on Oct. 29-31 in Wilmington, N.C.
Sara Kouskova posted a 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to finish second in the individual standings with a 54-hole score of 12-under-par 201 (68-67-66). Starting on hole 8, she made three-consecutive birdies to open her round. After a bogey at hole 13, Kouskova closed her round with birdies on holes 1 (par-5), 5 (par-4) and 7 (par-5). The 66 tied her career-best 18-hole score (also shot 66 in the opening round of the Schooner Fall Classic in 2018-19). Kouskova’s total of 201 marked the second-lowest 54-hole score in UT program history (Sophie Guo holds the mark at 199 set at the White Stands Invitational in 2019-20).
Sophomore Bentley Cotton posted a 2-over-par 73 in Sunday’s final round to tie for 30th at 5-over-par 218 (77-68-73).
Junior Sophie Guo registered an even-par 71 on Sunday to tie for 36th at 6-over-par 219 (79-69-71). Guo improved 15 spots on the leader board during the final round.
Freshman Bohyun Park fired a 3-under-par 68 in Sunday’s final round to tie for 41st place at 7-over-par 220 (79-73-68). Park jumped 22 spots on the leader board during the final round. She also recorded her first collegiate hole-in-one, carding an ace at the 150-yard hole No. 4.
In her collegiate debut tourney, freshman Tiffany Cao tallied an 8-over-par 79 on Sunday and finished 81st at 24-over-par 237 (79-79-79).