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UHV freshman shoots lowest round of college career

By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 17, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

University of Houston-Victoria's Brooke Brasseaux watches her ball  at the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate golf tournament.

When Brooke Brasseaux sank her par putt at the par-3 fifth hole, she exhaled but didn't immediately let on that she shot the lowest round of her collegiate career.

It was not until the UHV freshman exchanged handshakes with her playing partners, signed her scorecard and made her way back to the clubhouse that she let loose with more exuberant celebrations.

Brasseaux's 1-over 73 propelled her to a three-way tie for third place with Mary Larsh from Oklahoma City and Stacey Rayo from Cal State San Marcos after the first round of the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate.

"I went out there and I tried to play real relaxed, hit the ball and take aim," Brasseaux said. "It worked well for me today. I had a few mishaps here and there, but I recovered from it and made a couple birdies. Overall, it was a really great round."

The freshman from Orange birdied her first hole - the par-4 sixth. It might have been an indicator of the round, considering No. 6 was the fourth-toughest hole Sunday.

"I putted pretty well," Brasseaux said. "I only had one three-putt, which hurt a little bit. But, I putted pretty well and hit a bunch of greens."

One of her biggest putts came on the par-5 fourth hole, when her 15-foot putt caught the right edge of the hole and fell in for her third birdie of the day.

Despite the 55-person field navigating wind gusts up to 20 mph, Brasseaux played Sunday's four toughest holes, No. 7, No. 18, No. 12 and her opening hole, at 1-over-par.

Brasseaux and the rest of the Jaguars have practiced at The Club at Colony Creek in similar conditions - an aspect she believes gave her an advantage Sunday.

When Brasseaux told her teammates and UHV coach Brian Williamson about the round there were hugs and high-fives all around. Williamson even whispered that score may have been good enough to lead the tournament.

It wasn't.

That honor belonged to Oklahoma City All-American Jessica Schiele, whose 4-under-par 68 leads the field by four shots.

The senior, who was fourth at the NAIA National Championships in 2012, had the only eagle of the afternoon. It was at the 480-yard par-5 18th, where only two red numbers were posted.

Schiele played the four toughest holes at even par. Afterward, the Englishwoman admitted she had never played at The Club at Colony Creek, so her approach Sunday was about course management.

"This is our first tournament. I didn't have any expectations," Schiele said. "I just wanted to go out there and play."

Of the five players to shoot under-75 Sunday, three represented Oklahoma City. The Stars lead the team standings with a 293, eight shots ahead of Cal State-San Marcos. Tournament host UHV is seventh out of nine schools with a 332.

"Today is about getting used to this caliber of competition, jelling and being cohesive as a team," Williamson said. "They have more than met my expectations."

Round One Results

Cal State - San Marcos

Alyssa Waite 77 0 77

Stacey Rayo 73 0 73

Vanessa Chap 79 0 79

Felicia Titus 75 0 75

Lisa Copeland 76 0 76

Team Score 301 0 301

Grand View University

Kenzie Rottenghaus 77 0 77

Nicole McDonald 81 0 81

Amalia Mejia 84 0 84

Amanda Jones 82 0 82

Rachel Patterson 94 0 94

Team Score 324 0 324

Northwood University

Fariza Zain 78 0 78

Laura DeLeonardis 76 0 76

Daniel Martinez 81 0 81

Esther Kang 80 0 80

Carol Galindo 91 0 91

Team Score 315 0 315

Oklahoma City University

Jessica Schiele 68 0 68

Elia Folch 72 0 72

Mary Larsh 73 0 73

Taylor Howard 81 0 81

Tanya Tibshraeny 80 0 80

Team Score 293 0 293

Rogers State University

Whitney Hocutt 77 0 77

Cecilie Nordahl 84 0 84

Raquel Trevino 78 0 78

Brooke Fern 82 0 82

Kelsey Stuever 83 0 83

Team Score 320 0 320

Texas Wesleyan University

Alexis Belton 82 0 82

Deborah Dover 92 0 92

Rachel Zastoupil 89 89

McKenzie Brown 81 0 81

Ally Harvey 94 0 94

Team Score 344 0 344

University of Houston Victoria

Brooke Brasseaux 73 0 73

Becky Benchot 84 0 84

Lyndie Smith 87 0 87

Allison Koenig 90 0 90

Lexi Cliburn 88 0 88

Team Score 332 0 332

University of Texas at Brownsville

Alainey Muro 80 0 80

Veronika Vasquez 80 0 80

Angela Zepeda 82 0 82

Cat Lira 96 0 96

Paulette Tostado 112 0 112

Team Score 338 0 338

Wayland Baptist

Nathalia Valencia 79 0 79

Morgan Matchett 76 0 76

Danielle Shap 77 0 77

Sarah Helly 86 0 86

Brianne Anderson 81 0 81

Team Score 313 0 313

Medalist

Kurstyn Mills (OKC U.) 78 0 78

Abby Thompson (OKC U.) 77 0 77

Kristin Tucker (SUNY Delhi) 114 0 114

Jessica Miller (SUNY Delhi) 104 0 104

Ashley Zang (Wayland Baptist) 78 0 78

Lauren Kinney (St. Thomas) 88 0 88

Kara Jones (St. Thomas) 79 0 79

Celine Simmons (Houston St. Thomas) 102 0 102

Chanet Fiorina (Northern New Mexico) 81 0 81

Devon Dueser (UHV) 89 0 89

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