JONESBORO, AR – Tarleton’s Sofia Rodriguez and Mathilde Brogens turned in their best tournaments of the early 2021-22 season with exceptional – and consistent – rounds at the Lady Red Wolves Classic in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Monday and Tuesday.
Rodriguez recorded her fourth career top-10 finish, her first of the season, shooting a +3 (219) overall across 54 holes, carding 72-75-72. She finished tied for 10th in the 90-woman tournament played at Sage Meadows Country Club. Brogens was just behind her at +5 (221), scoring 72-74-75, good for tied-17th. It marked the freshman’s best performance so far in her third tournament.
The Texans finished 13th as a team at +41 (905) in the two-day event. It was another big improvement tournament-over-tournament for Tarleton, who improved by 20 strokes compared to the Bearkat Invitational two weeks ago. It’s a 42-stroke improvement from the team’s first tournament of the season. When comparing scores to-par, it’s a 32-stroke improvement from the second tournament and 54-stroke improvement from the opener. The other three Texans who contributed to the team score were Angela Inocian (+14, 230, 78-74-78), Bridgett Joeris (+19, 235, 81-74-80) and Alejandra Cambronero (+28, 244, 82-82-80).
Rodriguez and Brogens had the best rounds among Texans in Round 1, each scoring an even-par 72. They were tied for ninth after the first, with Rodriguez’s 72 matching her season-best, and a new season-best outright of even-par in a round. Brogen’s 72 was the best of her collegiate career, besting her two 75s in her second tournament.
In the second round, Brogens, Inocian and Joeris each carded 74s, propelling Tarleton to its best round as a team in the tournament, with Rodriguez’s 75 sending them to the clubhouse in eighth place. Brogens was tied for seventh place entering Tuesday at +2, Rodriguez at tied-11th at +3. The score of 74 for each Inocian and Joeris marked career-best rounds for the freshmen.
In the third round, Rodriguez turned in yet another even-par round of 72, with Brogens and Inocian shooting 75 and 78, respectively. Cambronero carded her best score of the tournament at +8, 80.
Rodriguez actually had a tough start, making bogey in two of her first three holes. She didn’t take another bogey until her final hole the remainder of her opening round, with three birdies mixed in. In Round 2, she played it clean as can be to start, with a birdie and eight pars in her first nine holes. In the third round, the sophomore made it an up-and-down 72, with four birdies and four bogeys. For the entire tournament, she had the tied-third best score on Par 5s at -4, averaging a 4.67. Her 35 pars were also most on the team and contributed to Tarleton’s third place slot on the pars leaderboard. In three tournaments, meaning nine rounds of action, Rodriguez has shot under 80 seven times. She’s averaging a score of 75.4 on the season.
Brogens’ first round of 72 included the lone eagle by a Texan in the tournament, a score of 3 at the 410-yard Hole 1 Par 5. In her second round, she was able to rebound from a quadruple bogey to still score a 74 (+2), thanks to five birdies. She added two more birdies in the third round, a category she led the Texans in, tallying 10 across the 54 holes. The freshman has now scored under 80 in seven straight rounds, averaging a score of 76.3 on the year.
Inocian had two birdies and 12 pars in her best round of the tournament, a Round 2 score of 74. She finished tied for 55th in this one, her best performance to date. It was her first tournament with all three rounds scoring under 80, as she’s now averaging a score of 79.9 on the year.
Joeris wished she could’ve had a mulligan on her very first hole, beginning her 54-hole campaign with a quadruple bogey. She bounced back quickly with a bogey-free next 10 holes, consisting of two birdies and eight pars. Her best round of 74 included 15 pars, plus a birdie, bogey and double bogey. The freshman found herself tied for 71st, now averaging a score of 79.1, third best on the team.
This was Cambronero’s second tournament of the season, positioning at tied-81st. In her last round, her best of the tournament, she had 14 pars. The sophomore is averaging a score of 80.2.
The Texans’ fall schedule wraps up next week in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic. The tournament is hosted by the Colorado State Rams, beginning Monday, Oct. 18.