Back-to-back women’s golf champions


‘Runners after they won their championship. Photo courtesies of Conference USA

Julia Maenius

The UTSA women’s golf team traveled to Fort Myers, Florida, to compete in the Conference USA (C-USA) Championship from March 15 to 17. The team placed first overall, marking the Roadrunner’s second C-USA title and fourth league championship.

Entering the final round, the ‘Runners were trailing Old Dominion University by one shot. The ‘Runners flew past the Old Dominion Monarchs, scoring 281 and shooting seven under par, which tied for the best round in school history. The ‘Runners finished 10 under par to set a new standard low 54-hole total by five shots.

Ana Gonzalez carded a nine under 207 to capture her sixth top-10 showing of the season. Gonzalez wrote down four birdies, finishing with a tournament-best 15, ending up five strokes in front of the runner-up. This win makes Gonzalez the fifth ‘Runner to grasp a conference crown.

Julie Houston tied for eighth place with an even par 216. With a stretch of three birdies on the four holes on the back nine, Houston worked her way up from a tie for 38th to the top 10. Hannah Holzmann tied for 13th after posting a three over 219. Posting a two under 70 in the final round, Holzmann captured her third top-20 of the season.

Finishing with a tie for 15th, Brooke Nolte rounded out the final day of the tournament with a three under 69 accompanied by five birdies. Madison Kidd rounded out the lineup with a tie for 33rd with a 225. Kidd posted a 77 and 79 over the final two days.

This win is the ‘Runners third for the 2018-19 season, and it marks the 12th program victory. The ‘Runners will be back in action in the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Selection Show Wednesday, April 24, on the Golf Channel.