Brogens leads Texans in first spring tournament at Islander Classic

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SAN ANTONIO – Freshman Mathilde Brogens entered the Islander Classic at Tarleton’s No. 1 position, and that’s where she finished in the Texans’ first tournament of the spring.

Brogens shot +16 through three rounds of play at the Islander Classic, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio. The Texans finished 12th as a team at +87 (939), improving two spots from Monday to Tuesday with their Day 2 efforts.

“Tuesday’s round was a little bit better overall,” head women’s golf coach Isabel Jimenez said. “We are still making some mistakes that are hurting the overall team score. We have two weeks before the next two events to fix issues and come back to competition ready.”

There were 18 teams and 96 players participating at the Par 71, 5,986-yard course.

This was the first time in Brogens’ short collegiate career that she entered the tournament at Tarleton’s No. 1 position. She was as consistent as they come, shooting +6 (77), +5 (76) and +5 (76). In her first round, she made 13 pars, including 11 over her last 13 holes. Her next two rounds had more variety, with two birdies each in the second and third rounds. She finished tied-24th on the individual leaderboard and had the tied-fourth best score on Par 3s, averaging a gross score of 3.13. Brogens had the tied-11th most total pars in the tournament at 34.

Sofia Rodriguez was a single stroke behind Brogens at +17 (230) to finish tied-28th. She was +14 entering the third round (+6, 77 and +8, 79) before turning in her best scorecard at +3 (74). In the final round, she was just +1 through her first 15 holes.

Alejandro Cambronero was third on the Texans at +20 (233), placing tied-42nd. She opened the tournament with a season-best round of +5 (76), beating out her previous season-best round by a stroke, a +6 (77) in the first round of the Missouri State Payne Stewart Memorial on Sept. 13. This was Cambronero’s third tournament of the year, by far her best. She had her best overall score of +20, besting her +24 (237) efforts in Missouri to open the year, and her best finish of the season on the leaderboard, 14 spots better than her tied-56th spot in Missouri. Entering this tournament with one sub-80 round this year, she completed all sub-80 rounds in this one, improving her average gross score from 80.2 to 79.4.

Besides Brogens, Tarleton’s other freshmen participating were Angela Inocian and Bridgett Joeris. Inocian shot +37 (250, 81-84-85) placing tied-78th, and Joeris scored +38 (251, 85-83-83), finishing 81st.

Round 2 was suspended Monday evening with just a few holes to go for most participants due to darkness. Golfers wrapped up their rounds first thing Tuesday morning before playing the third round.

Wofford College won the tournament by a stroke at +32. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had a large lead after the first day, but scored +14 in Round 3 to finish third at +34. The Islanders’ Anastacia Johnson won the individual side at +2 (215, 70-70-75).

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