NORMAN – The women’s golf team wrapped up one of the most successful season’s in school history on Wednesday afternoon at the NCAA Regional.


Playing the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the Bearkats shot their second-best round of the week, closing with a 302 and finished 16thout of 18 teams.


“I am beyond proud of the way they played today,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “We went out and competed well today in some very tough conditions.” 


Hanna Alberto led the way for the Kats with a round of 70, the second lowest round of the day from the field of 96 golfers. Starting on hole No. 16, she bogeyed right out of the gate, but then settled in after that. She followed with a birdie on the next hole to get back to even. A birdie on No. 3 got her under par for her round for the first time this week. She closed out her round with a birdie and finished 42nd overall for the Regional.


“She had really good ball control. She had the second low round of the day in a very talented field. That’s impressive. 


Jenna Phillips also rebounded on Wednesday. Playing in her final collegiate event, Phillips shot a 75, equaling her best round of the week. Phillips used back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 to get back to 1-over for the day. 


Kenlie Barrett shot a 78, while fellow freshman Leah Alberto fired a 79. Tori Gatling finished the day with an 84.


As a team the Kats finished with 12 birdies today, their highest total of the tournament. 


“With four of our girls coming back, this is a stepping stone for us,” Kieschnick said. “We are going to learn from this experience and be better next time.”