LUBBOCK, Texas – Mami Yamamoto notched her sixth career top-20 finish Tuesday to lead No. 17 Texas Tech to a sixth-place showing at the Betsy Rawls Invitational held at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin.
The Lady Raiders, who entered Tuesday’s final round in a tie for 11th, moved up five spots on the leaderboard after combining on a 17-over-par 305 card, one of the lower scores on a cold and windy morning in the state capital.
“I’m really proud of the team for the way they played this week,” Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. “Today was extremely tough with cold weather and wind. They hung in there all day and ended up with one of the best rounds of the day.”
Tech finished the two-day event at 36-over 900, tying No. 10 Kent State for sixth place, one stroke back of No. 30 UNLV. The Lady Raiders topped two schools ranked in the top 30 of the latest Golfweek poll as No. 20 Oklahoma finished tied for ninth, while No. 25 Clemson fell to a tie for 11th.
Yamamoto was steady throughout the two days as she posted Tech’s lowest combined score at 4-over 220 to finish tied for 12th overall. Lauren Mason joined her in the top-20 individuals as she was two strokes back in a tie for 18th.
Yamamoto and Mason both signed for 3-over rounds to lead Tech over the final 18 holes. Gabby Barker and Louissa Brunt added Tech’s other two contributing scores with 5-over and 6-over cards, respectively.
Brunt ended just her second collegiate tournament in a tie for 39th at 12-over, while Barker was two strokes back in a tie for 50th overall. Emma Ballard completed Tech’s lineup in 76th place after combining to go 27-over during the three rounds.
No. 19 Texas was able to defend its home course to win the tournament title as the Longhorns topped No. 11 Furman by 15 strokes. No. 3 Arizona State, Houston and No. 30 UNLV rounded out the top five in front of the Lady Raiders.
Tech will return to the links in less than two weeks for the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational hosted Oct. 22-24 in San Antonio. It will be the third of four fall tournaments for the Lady Raiders, who will also take part in the Trinity Forest Invitational on Oct. 30-31 in Dallas.