FORT WORTH, TX – University of Houston seniors Ariana Saenz and Maria Jose Martinez each shot 2 Under-70s on Tuesday to lead the Cougars in the final round of The Bruzzy at Waterchase Golf Club.
Starting her day at No. 16, Saenz moved into red numbers with a birdie on the par-4 17and hole and quickly moved to 3 under with back-to-back birdies on numbers 4-5. After a bogey on the No. 8, the Porter, Texas native added her fourth and final birdie of the tournament on the par-5 13and to finish with a 54-hole score of 221 and a tie for 32n/a.
Martinez started the final round with the No. 18 and, like Saenz, quickly moved under par with a birdie on the par-4 first hole. After a bogey on the No. 3 brought it back to par , Martinez drained four straight pars before sinking his second birdie of the day on the par-4 eighth hole.
Despite her last bogey at No. 11, the Alvarado, Mexico native added two more birdies in her final five holes to finish at 222 and tied for 38.and.
Senior Annie-Kim was the Cougars’ best player throughout the tournament. The Seoul native opened the tournament with a straight 73 on Monday and tied for 28and at 220.
Second year Nicole Abelar tied 54and at 226, in second year Delaney Martin tied 69and at 231.
As a team, the Cougars posted their lowest round of the tournament with an equal par of 288 and finished 11and at 888.
No. 17 Baylor won the Tag Team Championship with a score of 843 to finish 12 strokes ahead of No. 30 TCU. Oklahoma State No. 7 (858), Texas No. 13 (858), North Texas No. 46 (864), and Iowa State No. 37 (868) have completed the first six leaders.
TCU’s Sabrina Iqbal took medal honors with a score of 11 under 207 to finish two strokes ahead of Baylor’s Gurleen Kaur. Audrey Tan of North Texas was third at 208, while Bentley Cotton of Texas was fourth at 209.
It was the Cougars’ final regular season tournament of the year before heading to the American Athletic Conference championships later this month.
After The Bruzzy, Houston takes its first steps into the playoffs when it competes in the American Athletic Conference Championships, which take place April 17-19 at Pinehurst #6 – Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The Cougars will learn their NCAA playoff fate on the draft show, which airs at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, on the Golf Channel.
Seventy-two teams and 12 non-team members will compete at six NCAA regional venues across the country. These sites include Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, CA); Vanderbilt Legends Club (Franklin, Tenn.); The championship course at UNM (Albuquerque, NM); University of Michigan Golf Course (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Karsten Creek Golf Club (Stillwater, Okla.) and Seminole Legacy Golf Club (Tallahassee, Florida).
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