Neisen, McCrary boost Cowgirls to victory in Dick McGuire Invitational

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Oklahoma State women’s golf team opened the 2017-18 season by defending their crown at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.

The No. 24 Cowgirls carded rounds of 291-284-288 – (-1) 863 to top No. 6 Northwestern by two strokes, and give OSU its second win in as many years at the University of New Mexico’s South Championship Course.

In all, the Cowgirls bested six squads ranked in the Golfweek Preseason Top 25, including No. 2 Stanford and No. 11 Texas. The victory is the ninth under fifth-year head coach Courtney Jones, and the 91st in the history of the program.

Individually, seniors Kenzie Neisen and Maddie McCrary both posted top-5 finishes thanks to 13 birdies each, which tied for the second most at the event. Neisen, fresh off her win at the 2017 Minnesota Women’s State Open, finished third overall with rounds of 73-68-71 (-4) 212, and had a 3.97 scoring average on par-four holes. McCrary, the 2017 Texas State Amateur champ, carded rounds of 72-71-71 (-2) 214 and finished in a tie for fifth place.

Stephanie Astrup was impressive in her debut performance. The freshman opened the event with a 71, which is the lowest debut round for an OSU freshman since Pernilla Lindberg in 2005. Astrup followed up that 71 with rounds 73 and 72 to finish at even par 216, which is the lowest 54-hole score by an OSU freshman in her debut since Caroline Hedwall won the 2008 Duramed Fall Preview with a 4-under 212.

Seniors Emma Broze and Alexis Sadeghy were also solid in Albuquerque. Broze shot 75-72-74 (+5) 221 to finish tied for 33rd place, while Sadeghy carded rounds of 75-73-76 (+8) 224, which was good for 52nd.

The Cowgirls return to action on Oct. 2 at the Windy City Classic at the Glen View Club in Chicago, Illinois.

Team Leaderboard
1. Oklahoma State (-1) 291-284-288 – 863
2. Northwestern (+1) 290-288-287 – 865
T3. Colorado (+5) 293-284-292 – 869
T3. Stanford (+5) 297-284-288 – 869
5. San Diego State (+12) 294-287-295 – 876
6. Denver (+14) 292-291-295 – 878
T7. Iowa State (+15) 296-293-290 – 879
T7. New Mexico (+15) 295-289-295 – 879
T7. Iowa (+15) 292-290-297 – 879
10. Texas (+16) 295-292-293 – 880
T11. UNLV (+17) 286-298-297 – 881
T11. Arizona (+17) 292-284-305 – 881
13. Pepperdine (+23) 295-290-302 – 887
T14. Fresno State (+33) 302-296-299 – 897
T14. UC Berkeley (+33) 304-286-307 – 897
16. Washington State (+40) 296-295-313 – 904
17. UC Davis (+49) 304-294-315 – 913
18. Central Arkansas (+56) 301-308-311 – 920

Individual Leaderboard
T1. Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona (-8) 67-67-74 – 208
T1. Andrea Lee, Stanford (-8) 73-68-67 – 208
3. Kenzie Neisen, Oklahoma State (-4) 73-68-71 – 212

Oklahoma State
3. Kenzie Neisen (-4) 73-68-71 – 212
T5. Maddie McCrary (-2) 72-71-71 – 214
T14. Stephanie Astrup (E) 71-73-72 – 216
T33. Emma Broze (+5) 75-72-74 – 221
T52. Alexis Sadeghy (+8) 75-73-76 – 224


 

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