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UHV women soldier on at Claud Jacobs tournament

By jhornberg
Feb. 14, 2011 at 1:05 a.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.

Morgan DeSive getting ready to putt while playing in the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Victoria Country Club Sunday. KATHLEEN DUNCAN / KDUNCAN@VICAD.COM

CLAUD JACOBS INTERCOLLEGIATE CHALLENGEOf the 17 teams in the field, only UHV finished its second round on Sunday, with most teams having three holes to go. Play for the second round resumes at 8 a.m. Monday with the third round beginning after that. The third round will be a shotgun start, with pairings and pin placements stay the same.

Before they had even set foot on a golf course, the University of Houston-Victoria womens golf team was over par and behind.

The team's coach quit three weeks before the season began. The roster was in flux for much of the fall semester.

But now, the outlook now is more rosey.

The Jaguars have a coach, in Brian Williamson, and four players - junior Morgan DeSive, sophomores Lyndie Smith and Larissa Loredo and freshman Devon Dueser - who have no intention of leaving.

"All four of us, we always play together," Smith said. "We know each other pretty well."

Jaguars coach Brian Williamson, who was hired officially in mid-November after serving in the interim for several months, said he was proud of the team considering the circumstances.

"They all gave 110 percent today," he said.

The Jaguars struggled during their first day at the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate Challenge, with DeSive shooting a team best 171 over two rounds. The team is in last place in the field.

Smith shot rounds of 87 and 93, and Loredo shot 96 and 94, and Dueser shot 121 and 116 in her two rounds on Sunday.

UHV was the only team to finish its second round completely. The remaining players will finish Monday at 8 a.m., with the third round immediately afterward.

This tournament isn't the most important on the schedule for the Jaguars, either.

They are looking forward to the AII Conference tournament in late April at Victoria Country Club, which Williamson said is the most important event for the womens team this year.

"Conference is really important for us," Smith said. "After this round in particular, we know what we need to work on."

That was where the team struggled all day Sunday. Morgan DeSive said the short game is normally a strength of hers, but it was failing her through the first two rounds.

"I hit it really good, all of my approach shots and drives were really good," she said. "My chipping and putting were not. It was really frustrating."

Whitney Stromgren had originally been hired to run the women's golf team, but she quit three weeks before the season began, said Claud Jacobs, the tournament sponsor and a booster for UHV.

DeSive said the team's early flux was difficult for the team to deal with.

"It was hard because he couldn't coach us, so we just kind of did our own thing," DeSive said. "We're kind of wondering what we were going to do.

"This is a lot better now. There's a lot more structure."

Some of the team's commitments opted not to attend, or couldn't. Some members, including the team's then-top player Whitley Patterson, chose to transfer.

But things are getting better. The team practices three times a week at Victoria Country Club, and DeSive said the team has been hitting better in practice.

"We just need to keep working on things in practice," she said.

There will be a new crop of recruits next year, stability at coach. And with it, a lot of hope.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to recruit more players," Smith said. "I think we'll be stronger when we have more players backing us up."

ONE UNDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Of the 90 players that took the course in the first round, just one finished with a score under par.

Tulsa's Kamryn Ruffin shot a 1-under 71 in the first round to hold the individual scoring lead after one round.

Based on incomplete scores, though, her lead won't last. Ruffin, who is through 16 holes of the second round, is so far at at 6-over for the second round.

Kansas was the team leader by eight strokes after the first round, but may have to stave off Texas State, which used a stellar 5-under team score through 17 holes of the second round to challenge the Jayhawks. The Bobcats have won the last two Claud Jacobs tournaments.

For live updates from Monday's final round, visit www.golfstat.com.

Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate Challenge

Victoria Country Club, Par 72

Round 1 Scores

SCORES PRINTED ARE THROUGH LAST COMPLETED ROUND.

TEAM SCORES

LEADERS: Kansas 301; North Texas 309; Texas State 312; Tulsa 312; Eastern Michigan 317; Lamar 317; Sam Houston State 319; UTEP 319; Ball State 320; Toledo 322; UL Monroe 322; Missouri State 325; UT Pan American 330; McNeese State 332; Houston Baptist 333 Stephen F. Auston 348; Houston-Victoria 393.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

TEXAS STATE, 312: Krista Puisite 80; Gabby de Reuck 76; Mara Puisite 81; Caitlin Bliss 75; Valdis Jonsdottir 82.

KANSAS, 301: Meghan Bal 75; Gracy Thiry 75; Meghan Potee 79; Fhong Boonraksasat 74; Katy Nugent 77.

NORTH TEXAS, 309: Kelsey Kipp 76; Jacey Chun 76; Addison Long 76; Chandra Alexander 82; Chaslyn Chrismer 81.

TULSA, 312: Kamryn Ruffin 71; Marita Engzelius 76; Charlotte Brooks 83; Kristina Merkle 83; Sarah Elliot 82.

EASTERN MICHIGAN, 317: Sarah Johnson 80; Darby Peters 78; Alyssa Kwon 76; Usanee Laopattananont 83; Robyn Scott 84.

LAMAR, 317: Stine Pedersen 78; Sarah Nicholas 80; Ashley Thorpe 77; Julie Aime 82; Katelyn McDougal 87.

BALL STATE, 320: Rachael Pruitt 78; Brittany Kelly 77; Autumn Duke 81; Katie Windlan 84; Meghan Perry 94.

SAM HOUSTON STATE, 319: Jessica Borth 79; Shelby Hardy 81; Meghann Stevens 80; Landa Stewart 79; Meghan Musk 83.

UTEP, 319: Teresa Nogues 78; Shang Huang 79; Liz Sobczak 81; Rosana Gomez 81; Emma Edin 85.

TOLEDO, 322: Michelle Hui 80; Erica Rivard 79; Piyathida Chaiyapan 81; Natasha Gobey 82; Emily Hardcastle 85.

HOUSTON BAPTIST, 333: Balbina Guajardo 82; Gaia Olcese 86; Paige Gibson 81; Jessica Ngui 89; Alexandra Hopson 84.

MISSOURI STATE, 325: Kelsey Welber 78; Catherine Dolan 84; Emma Clegg 79; Rikke Falsner 84; Emily Potts 87.

UL MONROE, 322: Taynee Pearson 76; Lina Lagergren 79; Ali Lucas 83; Lina Billing 84; Britany Hanna 89.

UT PAN AMERICAN, 330: Majo Camey 82; Haley Hocott 79; Sarah Kothny 84; Elena Arroyo 85; Melinda Uriegas 86.

McNEESE STATE, 332: Randi Fischer 81; Sydney Martien 80; Alaina Cleland 86; Audrey Koncaba 85; McKayla Anderson 87.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, 348: Noelle Willcoxon 85; Sara Jones 88; Chelsea Simmons 88; Aliece Anderson 87; Marissa Bransburg 92.

HOUSTON-VICTORIA, 393-385 - 778: Morgan DeSive 89-82 - 171; Lyndie Smith 87-93 - 180; Larrisa Loredo 96-94 - 190; Devon Dueser 121-116 - 237.

MEDALISTS: Jennifer Clark, Kansas 81-82 - 163; Trine Mortensen, Texas State 82-83 - 165; Nanna Nielsen, Tulsa 94-83 - 177; Jennifer Aranda, Texas State 87-94 - 181; Jessica Salazar 91-93 - 184; Marlee Wilson 96-100 - 196.

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