Elena Villamil shot a career-best 70 on Sunday
Oct. 13, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas. (SMU) - The SMU women's golf trio of Jenny Haglund, Alexandra Rossi, and Maria Elena Villamil shot two-under 70s on Sunday afternoon to lead the team to a season-best four-under 284, good for fourth place after the first round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club.
Due to inclement weather in the area on Sunday morning, the first round teed-off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
"We played stress-free golf, picked up big targets on the course and let it go out there today," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "It was great to have three players shoot personal bests today. I thought we did a good job of setting ourselves up for birdie situations out there, and we made some putts to take advantage of those opportunities."
The Mustang trio is in 11th in the 96 player field. Villamil, a senior in the Mustang program, carded her career-low in the 84th round of her four-year career. The Spanish International, who started on the 16th hole on Sunday, shot three-under on the final eight holes to finish at two-under.
Rossi's output was her season-best in the early stages of her second campaign with the program, as the Mustang sophomore finished her afternoon with three birdies and a bogey on her scorecard. Haglund had five birdies on the afternoon, including going two-under on her final nine holes.
Freshmen Lindsey McCurdy and Katie Page turned in a pair of two-over 74s to complete the team scoring for SMU on Sunday. Page, who made her collegiate debut on Sunday afternoon, managed the course, keeping her scorecard clean with just three bogeys on the day. McCurdy's 74 comes in the second tournament of her young career, finishing the day with four birdies, including three on the front nine.
SMU is scheduled to begin its second round at 8:54 a.m. CT on Monday.