Texas A&M’s Finley shoots even-par to close Bruzzy Challenge in tough conditions

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ARGYLE, Texas – Texas A&M’s Katie Finley shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday to close the Bruzzy Challenge with her second-career top-25 finish, as the Aggie women’s golf team battled tough conditions in North Texas during the final round.

“It was great to see Katie have a top-25 tournament,” said head coach Andrea Gaston. “Here, an even-par round on a blustery day was very respectable.”

Finley finished the tournament with a career-best 1-over 217, tying for 23rd after 54 holes on the par 72 / 6,421-yard course that ranks as one of the top 50 in Texas. Gurleen Kaur of Baylor and Hailee Cooper of Texas were named co-champions of the event, shooting 9-under par.

“We faced some difficult conditions today, and even the higher-seeded teams didn’t score as well,” said Gaston. “We’re still a young team, and our players need to learn how to manage these conditions better. The greens were especially challenging today with some very difficult hole locations, and being on the wrong side of the hole cost us quite a few shots.”

As a team, Texas A&M tied for 11th at 22-over par. The Aggies shot a 12-over 300 on Tuesday, as the scoring average for the tournament increased by nearly three strokes from Monday’s opening rounds. Baylor won the event at 10-under par.

Ava Schwienteck played the par-5s at 6-under for the tournament, finishing the event tied for 41st. She wrote a 3-over 75 on her final-round scorecard, finishing the tournament at 6-over.

Amber Park and Courtney Dow tied for 53rd at 8-over 224. Park made four birdies on the way to a 4-over 76 Tuesday, and Dow shot a final-round 5-over 77. Brooke Tyree finished 75th at 20-over and playing as an individual, Chloe Velasco tied for 59th at 10-over.

Texas A&M returns to action Sunday at the Clemson Invitational, hosted at the Reserve at Lake Keowee.