Agathe Laisne of UT chips onto the green on hole #5 at the NCAA Golf Austin Regional at the University of Texas Golf Club on Wednesday May 9, 2018. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas to golf without all-conference honorees Agathe Laisne and Sára Kousková this fall

Posted September 24th, 2020

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When it returns to the golf course this weekend, Texas will be without two of its top talents.

Texas coach Ryan Murphy announced on Thursday that senior Agathe Laisne and junior Sára Kousková won’t be available this fall. Murphy said the initial uncertainty over whether the Longhorns would compete this semester led to Laisne and Kousková remaining overseas. Laisne is a native of France. Kousková hails from the Czech Republic.

Laisne and Kousková are both taking online classes. The all-Big 12 golfers are expected back in the spring.

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Agathe was named a WGCA All-American and the Big 12’s player of the year in 2019. Due to a knee injury, she was limited to three tournaments during this past school year. Agathe was among those placed on the preseason watch list for the ANNIKA Award, which is college golf’s top honor, on Thursday.

Kousková’s average round of 72.17 over her six tournaments during the 2019-20 school year is the fifth-best score in school history. Only two UT golfers have posted a better career average than Kousková’s current mark of 72.49.

“We’re a lot better when they’re here, obviously. They’re great players and bring great chemistry to our team,” Murphy said. “For us, that was not a bad thing totally because in Europe, for women’s golf, there’s some major women’s championships that take place over there in August, September, October. They get to play in those, which is nice. We’ll have them back in the spring.”

Texas will tee off at four events this fall. Starting on Sunday, the Longhorns will be hosted by rival Oklahoma at the two-day Schooner Fall Classic.

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