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March 16th, 2010
Bobcats rally to win Victoria golf meet

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State women’s golf team fired a 300 Monday afternoon to pose a comeback in the final round at the Victoria Country Club, finishing with a three-day 913 to claim the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate in Victoria.

Texas State beat Big 12 challenger Oklahoma by four strokes to claim the prize, taking home its first victory of the spring season.

Texas State shot a 311 on the first 18 and closed out the second set of play with a 302 for a 613 on day one, after which they trailed the Sooners by two strokes.

“I am extremely proud of our round today,” said Texas State head coach Mike Akers. “We have had a knack for coming back in the final round over the past three years, and this shows mental toughness from the team.”

Led by freshman Krista Puisite, Texas State boasted four top five individual finishes. Puisite finished in third place after firing 79-71-77 for a 227 three-round score. Valdis Jonsdottir finished fourth with a 228, bouncing back from an opening round 81 to fire a 73-74 to close out the tournament.

Gabby de Reuck and Caitlin Bliss finished tied for fifth place with a 229 through 54 holes. De Reuck shot rounds of 73-80-76, while Bliss finished with a 78-78-73 for the total. Katinka Dufour rounded out the Bobcats line-up, tied for 72nd with a 258 score through three rounds.

“We had four players in the top five and that is an incredible feat,” added Akers. “It is nice to see that consistency throughout the line-up.”

Trine Mortensen, Tiffany Morin, Marlee Wilson and Jessica Salazar all competed as individuals for Texas State at the tourney. Mortensen carded the lowest finish with a 234, shooting 81-78-83. Morin closed out her Bobcat debut tied for 60th with a 250 three-round score. Wilson tied for 77th with a 261 and Salazar shot a 265, tied for 82nd in their first bouts on the course this year.

Akron’s Kristen Hill claimed the individual title with a 223, shooting rounds of 74-77-72 in the two-day tournament.

Texas State will return to the course March 22-23 at the John Kirk Intercollegiate in Atlanta.

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