It’s been nearly four months since the Sam Houston women’s golf team last played, and they picked up right where they left off. The Bearkats shot a team score of 306 on Tuesday afternoon to take second at the Islander Classic.

The Kats were once again led by Hanna Alberto, who shot a 71 on Tuesday to take the individual title.

“We started the day in third place and the team overall worked hard, had good focus and fought hard today but the wind was our biggest challenge,” said coach Tommy Chain. “Day one the wind blew hard from the north and today we saw a different golf course with the wind coming back from the south. We made a good run for first place but just fell a little short.”

The Bearkats 306 was the second best round of the day, but only enough to cut an 8-stroke deficit in half with tournament champions St. Mary’s.

For Alberto, this was the second individual title of the season. Alberto was the only golfer in the 63-player field who was under par on the par 3 holes with a 2-under. She was also even on the par 4s which lead the tournament. She got better as she played, posting a 73 in round 1, followed by a 72, wrapping it up with Tuesday’s 71.

“Hanna was solid for 3 Rounds with her high score being 73 and today 71 was also the low round of the event which gave her a two-stroke victory over second-place individual,” Chain said. “With this being our first event of the season I was not disappointed in our performance but did see some things we can work on for improvement as the rest of the season will come at us rapidly.”

In addition to the result by Alberto, Jenna Phillips also turned in a top 10 finish, finishing in a tie for 7th with an 11-over tournament. 

The Bearkats will be back in action next week at the UTRGV Invitational in McAllen.