Kirby finishes runner-up at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
Two other Canadians post top-five finishes in NCAA play.
Golf Canada/ Morgan Bell
Published on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 10:57AM EDT
University of Alabama senior, Jennifer Kirby came close to picking up her second NCAA collegiate victory after falling in a playoff to University of Florida’s Camilla Hedberg at the 2012 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational on Tuesday.
Kirby of Paris, Ont., finished tied with Hedberg after 54 holes at 8-under-par after posting rounds of 69, 69, and 70. She now has 13 career top-10 finishes for the Crimson Tide entering her final spring season with the squad.
“Jennifer played great,” said Alabama head coach Mic Potter. “It was a golf course that she felt very comfortable on. She was able to hit a lot of drivers off the tee and have short irons into the greens. She putted well, which for her, usually translates into positive scores.”
As a team, No. 7 ranked Alabama finished tied for first place alongside Florida at 1-under-par after 54 holes. The Gators however, claimed tournament honours after using the squad’s fifth low score of the day to break the tie.
Meanwhile, at the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas the University of Oklahoma women’s golf team captured their second straight tournament victory.
Canadian teammates Anne-Catherine Tanguay and senior Taylor Schmidt both posted top five finishes for the Sooners.
Schmidt, of Kincardine, Ont., finished tied for 3rd at 4-under par and matched her best collegiate performance after rounds of 68, 71 and 73. Quebec’s, Tanguay, finished tied for 5th at 3-under after a final round 69. Tanguay now has seven career top-10 finishes at Oklahoma.
“I’m really proud of everyone,” Canadian head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “We played well all week. It was a great way for us to end our fall season and makes us look forward to the spring season.”