SAN ANTONIO — Oklahoma State’s women’s golf team opened play at the Big 12 Championship on Friday with a 291 total to stand alone in fourth place at The Dominion Country Club.
The top-seeded Cowgirls finished the day a stroke behind Iowa State and two shots behind Texas Tech at the par-72, 6,246-yard layout. Baylor was the lone team to break par during the first round, finishing at 6-under 282 and seven shots clear of the field.
Kansas’ Pornvipa Sakdee fired a 4-under 68 to lead the individual race by one.
OSU’s Kenzie Neisen came in one shot off the lead and alone in second place after signing for a 69. The freshman moved under par at the second with a birdie then birdied both par 5s on the front side, Nos. 7 and 9, to turn with a bogey-free 33.
After opening her inward nine with two pars, Neisen’s lone bogey of the day came at the par-4 12th. After stringing together five consecutive pars, she finished her round with a birdie at the par-5 closing hole.
Sophomore Linnea Johansson and freshman Maddie McCrary were among the 10-player logjam tied for 11th place after signing for 73s.
Sophomore Isabella Deilert posted a 76 to finish the day tied for 30th place.
Freshman Emma Broze rounded out the starting five with a 78, tying her for 37th place.
The Cowgirls will get their second round underway tomorrow at 9 a.m. and will be grouped with TCU and Oklahoma.
Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
The University of Oklahoma finished Friday’s opening round in fifth place. The Sooners carded a round-one 295 (+7) and are 13 strokes off tournament leader and No. 20-ranked Baylor (282; -6).
OU freshmen Rylee Pedigo, Ana Ruiz and Hannah Wood all finished the round at 73 (+1) and are tied for 11th place. Wood collected her only birdie of the day on hole one, while Pedigo and Ruiz pocketed four birdies each in the round.
Sooner freshman Valerie Tanguay and sophomore Alexandra Kaui are tied as each recorded a round-one 76 (+4). Tanguay struggled on the front nine but fought back with three birdies in the last half of the round. Kaui collected both of her birdies on the back nine.
Sixth-year OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said she hopes to see her team make strides in the final two rounds of the championship.
“We played pretty well all day. We need to stick to our game plan and play our own games,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “Overall, we’re right where we want to be, and we still have a lot of golf left.”
The Sooners will tee off for Saturday’s second round of the Big 12 Championship at 9 a.m. CT. Live scoring is available at Big12Sports.com.
1. Baylor 282
2. Texas Tech 289
3. Iowa State 290
4. Oklahoma State 291
5. Oklahoma 295
6. TCU 296
7. Texas 300
T8. Kansas State 301
T8. Kansas 301
1. Pornvipa Sakdee, Kansas 68
2. Kenzie Niesen, Oklahoma State 69
T3. Laura Lonardi, Baylor 70
T3. Hayley Davis, Baylor 70
T3. Stephanie Bertelsen, Texas Tech 70