College Women

No. 2 UCLA ends drought with Rawls victory

Stephanie Kono and the UCLA Bruins got their first win of the year at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.
Stephanie Kono and the UCLA Bruins got their first win of the year at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Sunday, March 28, 2010

UCLA put the finishing touches on a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, finishing six shots clear of Arizona.

The Bruins, ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, shot 20-over 884 at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, for their first victory of the 2009-10 season. UCLA finished second in all four tournaments played in the fall.

No. 8 Arizona, which shot a tournament-low 285 in Round 2, was second at 26-over 890. Texas schools claimed the next three spots; Texas A&M finished third at 33-over 897, TCU fourth at 901 and host Texas fifth at 907.

Texas A&M junior Sarah Zwartynski won the individual title, shooting 3-under 213 to finish six-shots better than Vanderbilt sophomore Marina Alex. UCLA’s Brianna Do and Stephanie Kono tied for third at 220. Kono held a share of the lead with Zwartynski after Round 2, but fell off the pace after a final-round 78.

Four of UCLA’s five players finished inside the top 10, with senior Sydnee Michaels tying for fifth and freshman Tiffany Lua tying for 10th.

Texas A&M’s Julia Boland, who has won three times this season, also had a share of fifth.