Women’s golf looks to build on fall success

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The TCU women’s golf team is looking to return to NCAA postseason play after missing out last year.

The Horned Frogs won two of their four fall tournaments and placed second and eighth in the others, earning them a No. 21 rank by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in its latest rankings last November.

“I felt like we played really well in the fall,” junior Greta Bruner said. “It was a pretty successful semester. We had so much fun and there was so much excitement because of the achievements we had as a team.”

Seniors Annika Clark and Yeji Shin, Bruner and sophomore Grace Do are the squad’s returning players along with two freshmen who shined in their first few tournaments last fall.

“The freshmen played great,” head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin said. “Both of them played in every tournament in the fall, so we really couldn’t have asked for anything more. They continue to get better, and they really made a huge impact right away.”

The Returners

Clark, a four-year contributor and team captain with eight top-10 finishes and a career-best T-4 finish at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational last October, headlines a strong group of veteran returners.

“Annika is our captain and she has really done a great job in that role leading the team,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “She has made sure that everybody knows the standards and the traditions of the program. Both of the seniors have done a great job of upholding our mission statement.”

Bruner began her career at Tulsa where she picked up five top-10 finishes and her lone career win. In 11 tournaments so far at TCU, she has finished in the top-10 four times.

Greta Bruner won Big 12 golfer of the month last November. (Photo courtesy of GoFrogs)

Shin, another transfer who joined the Frogs after a two-year stint at Georgia Southern, has competed in just five tournaments in a year and a half with the Frogs but matched her career-best round of 72 at the Battle of the Beach last fall.

Do, a DFW native and Coppell High School graduate, was one of three Horned Frogs to play in all 10 tournaments last season. In four tournaments in the fall, Do recorded two top-10 finishes.

The Newcomers

Sabrina Iqbal, a first-year from San Jose, Calif., joins the Frogs after a decorated high school career. Tabbed the Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year four times, Iqbal also competed at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Golf Amateur Championship last August.

In her second career tournament at TCU, Iqbal won the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational as one of three players overall to shoot under par for the tournament.

Joining Iqbal is fellow first-year Valeria Pacheco out of Hallandale Beach, Fla. A member of the Puerto Rico Junior National Team since 2011, Pacheco captured medalist honors at the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship with a final-round 66 and finished third in the 2016 and 2017 Florida High School State Championships.

“Our two freshmen have been amazing and have given so much to the team,” Clark said. “It has not just been their play on the course but also their personalities.”

The solid balance between veteran and young players, along with a coach who has proven to be one of the best in the business over more than two decades, puts the Frogs in a position to make a serious run in the Big 12 and beyond.

“After the selection show last year when we didn’t make the postseason, I was devastated,” Clark said. “I don’t want to feel that again so thankfully we have worked so hard, and we’ve been very excited to build on our success from the fall.”

The team will begin the spring portion of their season on Feb. 10 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.