TCU Returns to Action in Austin
Oct. 26, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's golf team begins play Sunday at the 39th-annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin.
The tournament, which will close the Horned Frogs' fall season, marks TCU's only in-state event in the 2012-13 campaign. The three day, 54-hole Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational will be held at the par 72, 6,344-yard University of Texas Golf Club. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.
Joining the Horned Frogs in the state capital for the 15-team field are five top-25 programs in No. 4 Florida, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 10 Alabama, No. 19 Arkansas and No. 23 Auburn. Other top-40 squads include No. 28 Denver, No. 30 Pepperdine, No. 36 UNLV, host and No. 39 Texas and No. 40 UCLA. Illinois, Kent State, New Mexico and Tulsa round out the field.
Sunday will mark TCU's first appearance in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational since March 2009, when it finished fourth. Four Horned Frogs placed in the top 19, led by Brooke Beeler's 224 for a tie for 13th.
In TCU's last tournament, the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla., Sanna Nuutinen was the Horned Frogs' top performer. A final-round 73 gave her a 4-over-par 220 for ninth place. It was the fifth top-10 finish of Nuutinen's career. TCU's 299 in the final round was its best round of the event. Three Horned Frog golfers dropped their score by at least four strokes from the second round to the final one.
Nuutinen will be joined in the TCU lineup this weekend by April McCoy, Alexandra Bonetti, Katy Cardno and Maria Maymon. Nuutinen's 73.8 overall stroke average and 73.5 final-round mark both lead the team. McCoy is right behind in both categories at 75.0 and 74.0, respectively.
McCoy won the Windy City Collegiate Classic earlier this month. The sophomore from Carrollton, Texas, and Bonetti are the lone Horned Frogs to play in all three fall tournaments.
Former TCU standout Rae Rothfelder was the individual medalist at the 1983 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. Her second-round 67 remains tied for the tournament's record for lowest round. With a 68 by Jenny Lidback and a 69 by Barb Thomas that same year, TCU's 286 in 1983 is the event's fourth-lowest score.