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UHV women's golf team finishes 7th at Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate

By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.

Becky Benchot plays in the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate golf tournament at The Club at Colony Creek in Victoria.

Some teams used the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate as an opportunity to survey the course ahead of more important tournaments. Other teams wanted to experience the unique relationship the Victoria community has with golf.

Then there was the UHV golf team, which used Monday's final round to understand where it can improve its game against some of the best NAIA programs.

"I got so upset when things didn't go right," said UHV senior Lyndie Smith. "It was better (Monday). I tried to separate my identity from what I shot. It's all a mental game for me."

Despite bogeying her last two holes, Smith posted a 9-over 81 Monday, a six-stroke improvement from her opening round.

Collectively, the Jaguars shot a 75-over 651 to finish seventh out of nine teams. UHV was six shots behind Grand View. Three Jaguars bettered their scores from Sunday, and Lexi Cliburn equaled her 88.

Becky Benchot birdied three of her first six holes to shoot a career-low 75. Her birdie on the par-4 17th made her one of 11 players in the field to post red numbers on that hole in both rounds.

"Since people normally see it as a par-5, I hit my driver past the 150 (yard) mark and went in from there," Benchot said. "I made it to the green both days and two-putted."

The other Jaguar who set a career low at the tournament, Brooke Brasseaux, did not beat the 73 she posted Sunday. Her 3-over 75 Monday allowed her to finish alone in third.

Brasseaux, a freshman from Orange, was behind two upperclassmen from Oklahoma City University. Senior All-American Jessica Schiele won the tournament with a 5-under 131. Elia Folch, a junior from Barcelona, shot a 69 Monday - the lowest round of the day - to finish with a 3-under 141.

"Our expectation, every time we tee it up is to play to the best of our potential," said Oklahoma City golf coach Marty McCauley. "This is the first time this year we've shot anything close to those types of scores. They have worked really hard since we got back to campus in January."

The 9-over 585 Oklahoma City shot for the 36-hole tournament was 20 strokes better than Cal State San Marcos. McCauley and the rest of the Stars accepted the championship trophy from Mary Virginia Jacobs, the wife of the tournament's namesake.

"The community really embraces it," McCauley said. "That's a unique thing for a sport like golf. It was awesome to have the volunteers out here and the community support. My kids all had a good time and it was fun."

The tournament was more of a business trip for Felicia Titus and the rest of the Cal State San Marcos program. The Cougars will return to The Club at Colony Creek in April for the Association of Independent Institutions tournament.

"Being able to see it, you were able to place the ball and know where the greens are," said Titus, senior.

Titus, whose 8-over 152 was good enough for a tie for sixth, believes playing the course will help the team win the tournament. It's a tactic that served the Cougars well in 2012 when they led after Day 1 of the A.I.I. tournament when it was held at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz.

"It's not super difficult," Titus said about the 5,856-yard par-72 course that is the site of the 2013 A.I.I tournament. "It's pretty straightforward. If you are hitting it well and straight, you can shoot under par here."

California State - San Marcos

Alyssa Waite 77 76 153

Stacey Rayo 73 78 151 4th Indvid.

Vanessa Chap 79 73 152

Felicia Titus 75 77 152

Lisa Copeland 76 78 154

Team Score 301 304 605

Grand View University

Kenzie Rottenghaus 77 79 156

Nicole McDonald 81 76 157

Amalia Mejia 84 84 168

Amanda Jones 82 82 164

Rachel Patterson 94 90 184

Team Score 324 321 645

Northwood University

Fariza Zain 78 73 151 4th Individ.

Laura DeLeonardis 76 76 152

Daniel Martinez 81 77 158

Esther Kang 80 80 160

Carol Galindo 91 84 175

Team Score 315 306 621

Oklahoma City University

Jessica Schiele 68 71 139 1st Indvid.

Elia Folch 72 69 141 2nd Indvid.

Mary Larsh 73 79 152

Taylor Howard 81 82 163

Tanya Tibshraeny 80 73 153

Team Score 293 292 585

Rogers State University

Whitney Hocutt 77 80 157

Cecilie Nordahl 84 85 169

Raquel Trevino 78 78 156

Brooke Fern 82 83 165

Kelsey Stuever 83 80 163

Team Score 320 321 641

Texas Wesleyan University

Alexis Belton 82 88 170

Deborah Dover 92 83 175

Rachel Zastoupil 89 92 181

McKenzie Brown 81 80 161

Ally Harvey 94 90 184

Team Score 344 341 685

University of Houston Victoria

Brooke Brasseaux 73 75 148 3rd Individ.

Becky Benchot 84 75 159

Lyndie Smith 87 81 168

Allison Koenig 90 89 179

Lexi Cliburn 88 88 176

Team Score 332 319 651

University of Texas at Brownsville

Alainey Muro 80 77 157

Veronika Vasquez 80 76 156

Angela Zepeda 82 86 168

Cat Lira 96 87 183

Paulette Tostado 112 104 216

Team Score 338 326 664

Wayland Baptist

Nathalia Valencia 79 76 155

Morgan Matchett 76 82 158

Danielle Shap 77 79 156

Sarah Helly 86 77 163

Brianne Anderson 81 76 157

Team Score 313 308 621

Medalist

Kurstyn Mills (OKC U.) 78 80 158

Abby Thompson (OKC U.) 77 76 153

Kristin Tucker (Suny Delhi) 114 131 245

Jessica Miller (Suny Delhi) 104 105 209

Ashley Zang (Wayland Baptist) 78 89 167

Lauren Kinney (Houston St. Thomas) 88 84 172

Kara Jones (Houston St. Thomas) 79 81 160

Celine Simmons (Houston St. Thomas) 102 99 201

Chanet Fiorina (Northern New Mexico) 81 81 162

Devon Dueser (UHV) 89 85 174

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