Cowgirls begin NCAA Championship quest at Grayhawk today

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The Big 12 champion Oklahoma State Cowgirls are headed back to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, which are being held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winners of five events so far in 2020-21, OSU is ranked No. 7 by both GolfStat and Golfweek, and has finished no lower than third in any event in the spring. According to Golfweek, OSU owns a 100-14 record against top-100 competition this season, including a 17-8 mark against the top-25. The Cowgirls feature four players ranked No. 84 or better by GolfStat, including No. 4 Maja Stark and No. 20 Isabella Fierro.

Cowgirls At Nationals
Oklahoma State is making its 22nd appearance at the NCAA Championships, which is tied for the 10th most among all schools nationwide, and second only to Texas among Big 12 programs. This is OSU’s first appearance at nationals since an 11th place finish in 2016. The Cowgirls own six top-5 finishes at NCAAs, including a runner-up finish in 2004. OSU also logged third-place finishes in 1982 and 1989, as well as fourth-place in 2009. Caroline Hedwall won the individual national championship in 2010 after carding rounds of 70-70-68-68 at the Country Club of Landfall.

ANNIKA Award Final 10
Cowgirl sophomore Maja Stark was listed among the 10 semifinalist for the ANNIKA Award, given annually to the top female collegiate golfer in the country. Stark is the first Cowgirl to be named to the final watch list for the ANNIKA. A two-time winner in 2021, Stark is currently ranked the No. 4 player in the country by GolfStat and she is listed at No. 6 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Her scoring average of 70.22 (-1.67 to par) is the best in school history, as is her par-3 scoring average of 2.98. Stark owns a head-to-head record of 10-2 against top-25 opponents and that mark jumps to 49-2 against top-100 foes. At 124 birdies on the year, she needs just nine more to break Linnea Johansson’s school record set back in 2015-16.

Record-Setting Season
Six of the seven lowest single-season scoring averages in Cowgirl golf history have been registered under second-year head coach Greg Robertson. The 2020-21 campaigns for Maja Stark (70.22, -1.67 to par) and Isabella Fierro (70.56, -1.11 to par) are No. 1 and No. 2 on the list, while Rina Tatematsu (71.80, 0.10 to par) and Lianna Bailey (72.48, 0.76 to par) check in at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. In fact, the only player among the top-7 that wasn’t coached by Robertson was the NCAA Individual Medalist campaign for Caroline Hedwall in 2010 (71.14, -0.71 to par). Not to be outdone, freshman Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (73.18, 1.29 to par) is No. 12 on the list.

Medalist Mania
Four members of Oklahoma State’s starting five have won at least one collegiate tournament during their career, including a trio of winners in 2020-21. Maja Stark (2 wins), Lianna Bailey (2 wins) and Rina Tatematsu (1 win) have all earned medalist honors this season, while Isabella Fierro won an event during her All-American freshman campaign of 2019-20.

Going Low
As a team, OSU’s average score of 286.40 (-0.40 to par) is the best in the history of the Cowgirl golf program, and is good for fifth nationally. Essentially, each Cowgirl is averaging a round of 71.6 every time they take the course. OSU’s 18 rounds of par or better are the most in program history, and the team’s par-3 (3.095), par-4 (4.123) and par-5 (4.821) scoring averages are on pace to set new school records.

NCAA National Championships
Host: NCAA / Arizona State
Dates: May 21-26, 2021
Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Course: Grayhawk Golf Club
Par / Yardage: 72 / 6,500
Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
TV: Golf Channel

Cowgirl Starters
1. Maja Stark
2. Isabella Fierro
3. Lianna Bailey
4. Rina Tatematsu
5. Maddison Hinson-Tolchard
Alternate: Hailey Jones

The Field
Alabama
Arizona
Arizona State
Auburn
Baylor
Duke
Florida State
Georgia
Kent State
Kentucky
LSU
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Oklahoma State
Ole Miss
Oregon
South Carolina
Southern California
Stanford
Texas
UCLA
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

 

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