ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The Oklahoma State women’s golf team ran away from a field that included eight other top-30 squads to win its opening tournament of the season, the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, in near-record fashion.
After recording an opening round 14-under 274 – the second-lowest round in OSU history – the No. 9 Cowgirls closed the 54-hole showcase with a final score of 20-under 844 to win the tournament by nine strokes over No. 2 Arizona State.
The 20-under 844 is the second-best 54-hole score ever recorded by Cowgirl golf. With the victory, OSU has won five of its last seven events dating back to last season.
Linnea Johansson went 66-72-68 — 206 (-10) to demolish her previous career best 54-hole total by eight strokes. That total tied the senior for third place.
Emma Broze also notched a top-10 finish after carding rounds of 70-72-69 — 211. Her 211 and 5-under scores topped her previous career bests by three strokes.
Cowgirl Quick Hitters
â€¢ Oklahoma State carded rounds of 274-287-283 for a final score of 844, which is the second-best 54-hole total in program history.
â€¢ The victory is the 90th in the history Cowgirl golf, and the eighth under fourth-year head coach Courtney Jones, the 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year.
â€¢ The Cowgirls won the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational for the first time in 23 tries dating back to 1979. OSU finished runner up on five occasions at this event, the last in 2003.
â€¢ With the victory, OSU has won its season opening tournament for the first time since 2011. This is the seventh time the Cowgirls have begun the season with a win (also in 2011-12, 2002-03, 1992-93, 1991-92, 1989-90, 1988-89, 1984-85).
â€¢ OSU led the nation in total birdies last season with 563, and they’ve gotten the 2016-17 season off on the right foot. OSU starters birdied 51 of the 216 holes they faced in the Dick McGuire Invitational.
The University of Oklahoma completed the second round Tuesday morning with a 3-under 285 before logging its second under-par round of the tournament in the afternoon to finish at 2-under 862, the seventh-lowest 54-hole score in program history and the best since the 2014 squad registered an 861 in the 2014 Big 12 Championship.
â€œIâ€™m proud of how we played this week,â€ OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. â€œI learned a lot about the girls and their commitment to this team. Theyâ€™ve all been putting a lot of work into their games and itâ€™s paying off for us. I saw a lot of great things from each player, and we are exciting to come home for our next tournament.â€
Hannah Wood led the Sooners once again, firing a 67 (-5) in the tournamentâ€™s final round to finish in eighth place out of 93 competitors at 209 (-7). The score matched her career-best 54-hole mark, which was set her freshman season when she won the 2015 Clover Cup. The junior used three par-or-better rounds for the 209 score, which is the second-best three-round total in OU program history.
Juniors Ana Ruiz and Valerie Tanguay bounced back from struggling in their opening rounds to finish in a share of 37th place at 219 (+3). Ruiz fired a career-best 68 (-4) in the morningâ€™s second round and followed with a 74 (+2) in the final frame. Tanguay posted a 73 (+1) in the second round before finishing with an even-par 72 in the afternoon.
Sydney Youngblood put together a solid start for her collegiate career, sharing 47th place with a 221. The freshman recorded a 74 in both of the final two rounds of the tournament.
Sophomore Julienne Soo completed both the second and final rounds of the tournament with a 76. Soo finished at 223 to tie for 55th place.
The Sooners take the weekend off before returning to the course for their only home tournament of the year. The Schooner Fall Classic is slated for Sept. 24-26 at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman.
1. Oklahoma State (-20) 274-287-283 — 844
2. Arizona State (-11) 284-281-288 — 853
3. Baylor (-10) 282-289-283 — 854
1. Esther Lee, Colorado (-18) 61-69-68 — 198
2. Sirene Blair, San Diego State (-13) 69-64-70 — 203
T3. Linnea Johansson, Oklahoma State (-10) 66-72-68 — 206
T3. Krystal Quihuis, Arizona (-10) 68-68-70 — 206
T3. Monica Vaughn, ASU (-10) 67-66-73 — 206
T3. Haley Moore, Arizona (-10) 70-71-65 — 206
Other Oklahoma State Finishers
10. Emma Broze (-5) 70-72-69 — 211
T17. Kenzie Neisen (-1) 73-71-71 — 215
T17. Chih-Min Chen *IND* (-1) 70-73-72 — 215
T25. Isabella Deilert (+1) 70-72-75 — 217
T59. Alexis Sadeghy (+8) 68-80-76 — 224