Townend: a student-athlete on the rise

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Photo Credit: Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

The UTSA women’s golf team is a dedicated group who spends the majority of their time either on the greens practicing or in the classroom learning.

It is no surprise that sophomore Brogan Townend is consumed with only two things — playing golf and graduating.

The process for Brogan can be difficult at times, requiring her to put in the extra time needed to succeed.

“We obviously have school to keep up with, and then we have workouts and practice. That’s probably the hardest thing is time management,” Townend said.

Carrie Parnaby, UTSA women’s golf coach, understands the effort her players have to make in order to be a part of the team.

“Golf is really time consuming,” Parnaby said. “Brogan doesn’t have a car, so she gets rides with other girls, and anytime she wants to do extra practice she has to work a little harder to get there.”

Recently, Townend led the golf team with nine birdies and a seven-over par score of 223 (78-73-72), leading to a tie for 17th place. She also helped UTSA achieve an eighth place overall finish at the “Mo”Morial Tournament on Sept. 11 held in College Station, Texas at the Traditions Golf Club.

“Brogan definitely played really well,” Parnaby said. “She competed a lot over the summer and was mentally ready.”

Originally from Blackburn, England, Townend’sthe adjustment to playing and living in Texas has been difficult, but with time it has become easier.

“Where I’m from, it’s a typical English village. It was at first really hard, but it’s been good this year and last year,” Townend said.

Whether it’s at the San Antonio or other United States golf courses, Townend has grown into a student-athlete who is loving her time here.

“Yeah, I love it. San Antonio. Americans. It’s just great,” Townend said.