After a promising first day the UTB/TSC Men's and Women's golf team struggled on the greens in the course at the Sterling Country Club in Houston on Tuesday to fall in the final standings. The Men finished in 4th place and the Women finished in second place out of two teams at the Talamonti Invitational.
"Pretty rough day out there today." said UTB/TSC head coach Anthony Lopez.
The Men's team had three good scores, out of five players, on day two from Marcus Cavazos 74, Eric Cavazos 76, and Gage Murphy 76. Murphy led the two-day total for the team at 149. Individually all three players ended the tournament in the top ten.
"The Men's team had three solid scores but we are lacking our fourth and fifth man scores. They played as well as they could but all five of them struggled on the green and we lost quite a few strokes there." said Lopez.
The UTB/TSC golf teams will soon seek revenge from the course when they return for the conference tourney in the Spring.
"The upside is that we know what to expect (from the course) because this is where the conference tournament is being held. We will work on a few things between now and then to help us prepare for that. On top of that we got to see the top two teams in our conference and with that benchmark we know what we need to do to contend. Come April we will be in good shape." said Lopez.
The Women's team best score for day two was Elizabeth Garza with a course score of 86. As a team the women's tallied a final total score of 709. What did not help the women's cause was that Veronica Vasquez after battling the flu for the last couple of days was too sick to play in day 2 after doing well in day one with a course score of 82.
"It was tough losing one of our players. She is probably one of our hottest players on the women's side. She became ill after battling flu like symptoms for about a week and after yesterday's round she just got worse and she was not able to compete for us today." said Lopez. "Regardless, our girls hit the ball good like we normally do but we just didn't get it done around the greens and ultimately that is what cost us a lot of shots."
There is one pre-season golf tournament left for the golf program at UTB in the Fall before gearing up for conference play in the Spring.
"We got some things to work on. The teams have one tournament left in the fall semester and we need to make sure we have a good showing that way we can have a good preseason ranking in the polls. I am optimistic that both teams will fair well." said Lopez