Cowgirls finish third, move on to NCAA Championship

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SHOAL CREEK, Ala. – The Oklahoma State women’s golf team earned a trip to the NCAA Championship with a third place finish at the Shoal Creek Regional.

This will be the program’s 21st trip to the NCAA Championship, and the first for the Cowgirls since 2013. This year’s event will take place May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.

At each of the four NCAA Regional sites the top six teams and the top three individuals not associated with those teams advanced to nationals.

The No. 9 Cowgirls were anchored by Linnea Johansson, who earned a ninth-place finish with a 9-over 225. Kenzie Neisen, the Big 12 individual champion, was just a stroke behind Johansson in a tie for 12th place after a pair of birdies on the back nine on Saturday.

Maddie McCrary earned a 20th place finish with a weekend of 13-over 229, while Emma Broze posted a 14-over 230, which was good for 24th place.

Chih-Min Chen finished in a tie for 50th place with a 19-over 235.

Shoal Creek National Qualifying Teams
1. Northwestern (+23) 296-294-297 – 887
2. Florida State (+41) 299-297-309 – 905
3. Oklahoma State (+43) 301-297-309 – 907
4. Alabama (+44) 306-300-302 – 908
5. Tennessee (+48) 300-311-301 – 912
6. Michigan(+52) 311-305-300 – 916

Shoal Creek National Qualifying Individuals
3. Marianne Li,  California (+4) 74-72-74 – 220
T5. Lauren Stephenson, Clemson (+7) 74-75-74 – 223
T9. August Kim, Purdue (+9) 74-77-74 – 225

Oklahoma State
T9. Linnea Johansson (+9) 75-71-79 – 225
T12. Kenzie Neisen (+10) 78-74-74 – 226
T20. Maddie McCrary (+13) 72-77-80 – 229
T24. Emma Broze (+14) 79-75-76 – 230
T50. Chih-Min Chen (+19) 76-78-81 – 235

 OU’s Wood finishes 12th in Bryan Regional

OU women’s golfer Hannah Wood finished the third and final round of the NCAA Bryan Regional in a share of 12th place. The par-72, 3,373-yard Texas Traditions Golf Club served as the host site for the event.

The sophomore shot a three-round 215 (-1) in the tournament, which advances three individuals not on a qualifying NCAA Championships team. Baylor’s Laura Lonardi (-4), Louisville’s Olivia Cason (-3) and Gonzaga’s Bianca Pagdanganan (-2) are the three individuals who will advance to the championships. In addition, Georgia, Arizona, UCLA, Furman, Miami and Texas are the six teams who qualify for NCAAs.

Wood posted a 77 (+5) on Saturday, and the 12th-place finish marks Wood’s ninth top-20 showing in 10 tournaments this season. The Centennial, Colo., native ends her sophomore campaign with a 72.79 (+.97) season-scoring average, which is the second-best average vs. par in OU program history. Wood’s 17 par-or-better rounds this season also marks the second most in school history.

“Overall, Hannah had a great year, and I’m very proud of her,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “Even though the outcome isn’t what she wanted, I believe she will learn a ton from this and will bounce back better next year.”

The NCAA Regional marks the final event of the season for OU. Full results for the tournament can be found at GolfStat.com.

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