Baylor women rally to win Bruzzy Challenge

LANTANA, Texas Baylor women’s golf rallied from five strokes back entering the final round to win the Bruzzy Challenge with a 54-hole score of 10-under-par 854. The Bears’ shot 3-over 291 in Tuesday’s final round at Lantana Golf Club, the best score in the 15-team field, to jump ahead of Ole Miss and Texas Tech to claim their first tournament title in nearly two years.

Gurleen Kaur earned her career-first individual title by shooting 1-under 71 in the final round to finish at 9-under 207, matching Texas’ Hailee Cooper atop the leaderboard in the 84-player field. It was Kaur’s third consecutive top-10 finish and her sixth top-10 out of 15 career collegiate events. Kaur was 7-under and two shots back of the lead with four holes remaining, but she made birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 before finishing with two consecutive pars.

Maria Vesga carded Baylor’s best final round at 2-under 70, climbing 21 spots into a tie for 14th place at 1-under 215. Erica Chiang shot 2-over 74 to finish tied for 17th place at even-par 216, and Emma Bradley posted the Bears’ final counting score at 4-over 76 to finish tied for 28th place at 3-over 219.

Jordan Shackelford, who was competing as an individual, shot 6-over 78 in the final round and finished tied for 41st place at 6-over 222. Amelia McKee had a final round of 5-over 77 to tie for 47th place at 7-over 223.

No. 35 Baylor (-10) recorded head-to-head wins over No. 41 Ole Miss (-8), No. 43 Texas Tech (-3), BYU (-2), No. 20 Miami (+5), No. 28 Houston (+6), Maryland (+9), No. 2 Texas (+9), No. 19 TCU (+14), SMU (+19), Texas A&M (+22), Kansas State (+22), Missouri (+32), Iowa (+35) and North Texas (+36). All 15 teams in the field entered the tournament top-90 ranked by Golfstat.