Khaw, Rodriguez lead Texans after first day of UTRGV Invitational


STEPHENVILLE – Junie Khaw and Sofia Rodriguez both sit in the top-20 on the individual leaderboard after 36 holes to lead Tarleton at the UTRGV Invitational in McAllen, Texas.

The Texans are in seventh place, carding a 323-321—644 (+68) after playing 36 of the 54 holes at the McAllen Country Club on Monday. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi leads the 10-team field with a 601 (+25). As a team, Tarleton recorded 89 pars, which ranks fourth in the tournament, and 10 birdies.

Khaw is looking for her second straight top-10 finish to start the season after firing a 77-76—153 (+9) to tie for ninth on the day. Khaw posted 21 pars and a team-leading four birdies at the Par 72, 6,024-yard course. Khaw had 13 pars in the first round and shot 1-over on the front nine. In the second round, Khaw totaled three birdies and was +1 on the back nine.


Rodriguez is one stroke behind Khaw, carding a 76-78—154 (+10) and  is tied for 12th place. Rodriguez leads all 59 players with 24 pars in 36 holes. She also added a pair of birdies. In the opening round, Rodriguez birdied the first hole, the Par 4 No. 12, and finished the back nine 1-over. The sophomore had 13 pars through the first 18 holes. Rodriguez added 11 pars in the second round and shot 1-over on the back nine once again.

Marianella Moreschi and Alejandra Cambronero each recorded a 169 (+25) and are tied for 44th. Moreschi posted 18 pars while Cambronero tallied 14 pars and three birdies. Beatrice Grise shot a 177 (+33) and is tied for 54th. Grise had 12 pars and a birdie on the day.

Tarleton will look to climb up the leaderboard on the final day of the UTRGV Invitational when they tee off at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday with a shotgun start for the final 18 holes.

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