Jayhawks claim 13th place in Austin

March 19, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas – After inclement weather canceled day two of the 35th Annual Betsy Rawls Invitational, the Jayhawks resumed second-round play at The University of Texas Golf Club, Wednesday, to complete the event in 13th place with a composite team score of 657.

Kansas freshman Grace Thiry led the Jayhawks after firing consecutive first and second rounds of 80 to combine for a final score of 160, good enough to tie in 24th place.

Sophomore Emily Powers dropped in the individual leaderboards after finishing day one in a tie for 11th place. The Quincy, Ill., native carded an 84 in the second round, garnering a final score of 161 to tie for 29th place.

Senior Annie Giangrosso bested her first-round performance by three strokes, firing an 81 in the second round for a two-round score of 165. The Kansas veteran completed the event in a tie for 51st place while sophomore Meghan Gockel finished tied for 77th place with a final score of 172.

Freshman Meghna Bal followed suit to fellow rookie and KU’s top-finisher, Grace Thiry, by carding two consecutive rounds with the same score. Bal’s back-to-back rounds of 87 earned her a tie for 81st place and a final score of 174.

Heavy rains on Tuesday shortened the event to 36 holes. The University of New Mexico claimed team honors with a combined score of 623, while Stacy Lewis of Arkansas edged out Whitney Myers of Florida by one stroke to capture the individual title with a final score of 151.

The Jayhawks will next look to compete at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 29-31.

KANSAS FINAL RESULTST24 Grace Thiry 80-80–160 (+16)T29 Emily Powers 77-84–161 (+17)T51 Annie Giangrosso 84-81–165 (+21)T77 Meghan Gockel 84-88–172 (+28)T81 Meghna Bal 87-87–174 (+30)

TEAM FINAL RESULTS1 New Mexico 303-320 (623)2 Florida 305-319 (624)3 Texas 308-322 (630)4 Arkansas 311-321 (632)T5 TCU 321-321 (642)T5 Notre Dame 317-325 (642)7 Ohio State 321-323 (644)8 Iowa State 320-328 (648)9 Oklahoma 320-331 (651)T10 Southern Methodist 323-331 (654)T10 Indiana 320-334 (654)12 Wisconsin 329-326 (655)13 Kansas 325-332 (657)T14 Baylor 329-331 (660)T14 Missouri 320-340 (660)16 Nebraska 319-342 (661)17 Kansas State 329-335 (664)18 Texas(B) 331-343 (674)