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Texas A&M Finishes Second at UC Irvine Invitational

February 25, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Texas A&M women’s golf team played six-under on the back nine Tuesday to claim second place at 2014 UC Irvine Invitational at the Santa Ana Country Club. Three Aggies finished in the top-15 including Katerina Ruzickova’s third place finish.

“I am beyond excited for this team,” head coach Trelle McCombs said. “I cannot say enough about the resiliency and composure they showed today. We started off pretty rocky but then settled in and just played golf.”

The Aggies trailed Pepperdine for second place at the turn in Tuesday’ round, but the maroon and white finished the back-nine with eight birdies against just two bogies to claim second. Stanford claimed the team title at even-par, followed by A&M, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Long Beach State, UC Davis, Portland State and host-UC Irvine.  Completing the leaderboard were Hawaii, San Francisco, Nevada, Idaho and UC Riverside.

Individually the Aggies were once again paced by senior Katerina Ruzickova’s one-under 54-hole score, placing her third individually. Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford claimed the individual title and the exemption to the 2014 LPGA Kia Classic. Ruzickova finished second in the field at four-under on par-5s and accrued 10 birdies in 54 holes of play.

“Kat is just a great player and it shows with her finishes at her last couple tournaments,” McCombs said. “She really wanted to play well today and just pushed a little too hard at first. She settled in and stepped up like the senior leader she is.”

Newcomer Marijosse Navarro impressed in her maroon and white debut finishing 11th overall at five-over par. The Mexico City native tallied 41 pars over the two day tournament and finished even-par on par-4s, both ranked second in the 69-player field. Fellow freshman Andrea Jonama finished one spot behind Navarro in 12th at six-over par, the Spaniard finished with nine birdies in Santa Ana, the third highest total in the field.

Completing the A&M lineup were freshman Callie Scheffler and Bianca Fabrizio, tying for 27th and 32nd respectively.

The Aggies will take a couple weeks off before playing two rounds against Clemson and Georgia Regents University in Graniteville, South Carolina on March 9 at the Sage Valley Golf Club. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWomensGolf on twitter for coverage of Texas A&M women’s golf.

 

Team Leaderboard

1

Stanford

E

2

Texas A&M

+13

3

Pepperdine

+15

4

Gonzaga

+27

5

Long Beach State

+30

6

UC Davis

+35

7

Portland State

+57

8

UC Irvine

+58

9

Hawaii

+62

10

San Francisco

+64

11

Nevada

+71

12

Idaho

+76

13

UC Riverside

+77

 

 

Texas A&M Individual Rounds

Place

Name

Round  1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

To Par

3

Katerina Ruzickova

73

70

72

215

-1

11

Marijosse Navarro

73

75

73

221

+5

12

Callie Scheffler

75

73

73

222

+6

T27

Andrea Jonama

76

73

82

230

+14

T32

Bianca Fabrizio

81

79

71

231

+15

               
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