SAN ANTONIO — Fresh off a record-setting performance at the Sam Golden Invitational, the UTSA women’s golf team will travel to Wisconsin for the Badger Invitational, which will be played on Sunday-Tuesday, Sept. 17-19, at University Ridge Golf Course (par 72/6,248 yards).
The Roadrunners will make their maiden voyage to America’s Dairyland to compete against Augusta, Colorado State, Delaware, East Tennessee State, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico State, North Florida, Rutgers, Sam Houston, South Florida, UC Davis, Wisconsin and Yale in the 54-hole, stroke-play event.
The field will play 18 holes starting at 9 a.m. each day.
UTSA is coming off a record-breaking effort at the season-opening Sam Golden Invitational on Monday-Tuesday in Corinth, Texas. Led by Daniela Abonce’s 12-under-par, runner-up finish, the Roadrunners smashed the school record for best team score to finish in third at Oakmont Country Club (par 72/6,413 yards).
A day after firing rounds of 6-under 282 and a school-record 13-under 275, the Roadrunners wrapped up the 54-hole event with an 8-under 280 to give put them at 27-under-par 837 for the week. That total beat the previous school standard of 10-under 854 posted at the 2019 Conference USA Championship by 17 strokes.
Individually, Abonce shared second place with Houston’s Nicole Abelar and Tulsa’s Allyn Stephens, as all three carded a 204. The sophomore from Veracruz, Mexico, fired three consecutive 4-under 68s en route to the second-best 54-hole score in program history behind Camryn Carreon’s 14-under 202 logged at the Trinity Forest Invitational this past spring.
Morgan Ellison and Camryn Carreon added top-20 finishes to help the Roadrunners get the season started off on a positive note. Ellison ended up in a tie for 13th at 7-under 209 (68-70-71), her best 54-hole score as a Roadrunner by seven strokes. Carreon, a senior from San Antonio, grabbed a share of 19th with a 5-under 211 (74-68-69).
Freshman Maria Bastarrica tied for 45th with a 2-over 218 (72-71-75) in her UTSA debut, while sophomore Olivia Williams rounded out the lineup in 54th at 4-over 220 (79-69-72).