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Arriaga wins CUSA Championship as UTSA finish second

Fabiola Arriaga celebrates her championship
Fabiola Arriaga celebrates her championship
courtesy UTSA Athletics

Fabiola Arriaga had a phenomenal third round as she wrapped up the Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship individual crown at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club on Wednesday.

The win sees Arriaga be the third conference title winner in UTSA history, joining Allie Jordan and Shannon Jungmann and did so in some style.

It was a conference record from Arriaga as her final score was a nine-under 207, winning by four strokes and equaling Geruna Mendoza’s 2007 conference championship record.

Arriaga came in with a three stroke lead, which she extended by another stroke on Wednesday as she carded a round of 70 on Wednesday to easily defeat Gemma Dryburgh who managed second place.

Arriaga’s tournament numbers are impressive with 13 birdies, and an eagle, with six bogeys for the nine-under final total for just her second ever outright win of her collegiate career.

Taylor Newlin was UTSA’s other top 10 finisher, managing a one-over 217, after a par 72 in the final round, finishing with 41 pars for a share of seventh place.

Brogan Townend had a good final day as she also managed a par 72, putting her in 16th with 220 while Aimee Ponte was two over at 74 for a final score of 228.

UTSA’s scoring was round out by Ponte who was just edged by her team mate Libby Thomas who had a final round 75, putting her on 227 for 33rd place.

With those scores UTSA carded a two-over 866, good enough for second place ten strokes behind No. 34 Tulane, who cruised to their second straight CUSA Women’s Golf team title as they carded an eight-under 856 over the three days.

Tennessee rounded out the podium, finishing 13 strokes behind the Roadrunners with 279, while FIU and Old Dominion were level on 881 for fourth place.

UTSA will now be anxiously watching the TV on April 28th as they hope to pick up an at large berth for the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, and will be hoping that their standing will improve enough to have their team considered in the top 50.