All-America transfer bolsters Cowgirls’ title hopes for 2022

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STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head coach Greg Robertson fortified the Cowgirl golf roster with the signing of two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American and 2021 Mid-America Conference (MAC) Golfer of the Year Caley McGinty.

The former Kent State standout was listed by Golfweek as the nation’s No. 31 player after sweeping the 2021 MAC Player and Freshman of the Year awards and winning the MAC tournament individual and team championships.

“We want to welcome our newest Cowgirl, as we are very excited to have Caley join us,” said Robertson. “She comes with a lot of experience and success at the college level and will be a great addition to the team for the next three years. Not only is she an exceptional player, but just as important, we feel she will be the right fit as a teammate.”

The Bristol, England native arrives at OSU with a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 59 and a career scoring average of 71.65 thanks to a resume that includes three individual event wins – all in 2021. Last season, McGinty finished with a scoring average of 72.26 and posted 17 rounds at par or better with five rounds in the 60’s. Additionally, she led the nation in final-round scoring average at 68.86.

McGinty earned second-team All-American honors from the WGCA in 2021. In 2020, she joined Cowgirl Isabella Fierro on the WGCA All-American honorable mention list.

Her first career victory came at the Sunshine Shootout in February, followed by win in the Clemson Invitational that was anchored by an opening-round 66. McGinty was the only player under par at the 2021 MAC Championship and recorded a five-stroke win, and then finished second at the NCAA Columbus Regional.

McGinty has participated in dozens of international competitions over the last several years, including a third-place finish at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and top-35 finishes at the English Women’s Amateur and the European Ladies Amateur.

McGinty is joining her new Cowgirl teammate Lianna Bailey on the England squad that will compete at the 2021 European Ladies’ Team Championships at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland from July 6-10.

She joins a Cowgirl golf squad that advanced to the final match of the 2021 NCAA Championships in Robertson’s second year at the helm. The 2020-21 squad set the school record for team scoring average at 286.74 (-0.21 to par), led the nation in birdies with 551 and also set new par-3 (3.10), par-4 (4.12) and par-5 (4.82) scoring averages. Five of the lowest 11 individual stroke averages in school history were recorded in 2020-21 and a trio of Cowgirls earned WGCA All-America honors.


 

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