Cowgirls cling to fourth, TU’s Thomas tied for 13th in Stillwater Regional
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STILLWATER, Okla. – After day two of the Stillwater Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club, No. 1-seeded Oklahoma State women’s golf sits just above the four-team cutline after a 10-over second round going into Wednesday’s final round.
The Cowgirls closed out the first two rounds at 18-over, one shot back of Clemson in third and one shot ahead of Michigan State, who sits in fifth place. Baylor will head to the final round leading the field at 1-over par after an impressive 3-under on Tuesday.
Arizona State closed Tuesday in second at 14-over.
Tulsa’s Lily Thomas fired a second-round 72 to move up to a tie for 13th overall at 148 and she leads the individual qualifiers.Sarah Bell of Oral Roberts is tied for 43rd at 159 after a second round 76 and Kiana Oshiro is tied for 49th at 161 after an 83.
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard once again turned in the best score among the OSU golfers in the field with a 1-under round, putting her in a tie for second overall when paired with her even par round on Monday. Hinson-Tolchard made an impressive run with three-straight birdies on holes three, four and five and later had a clean back nine, paring every hole to finish her impressive round.
Rina Tatematsu matched her first round with another 2-over 74 on Tuesday. Birdies on the sixth, 12th and 18th powered her to a tie for 11th on the individual scoreboard at 4-over heading into tomorrow’s final round.
Han-Hsuan Yu and Hailey Jones each carded respectable scores on a high-scoring day at the famously tough course. Yu finished the day 4-over with birdies on the first and ninth hole and now is 6-over for the tournament. Jones rebounded from a difficult opening round to finish 5-over on day two. She used a strong 1-over on the front nine with two birdies to help the Cowgirls remain in position to advance.
Lianna Bailey rounded out the Oklahoma State lineup with a 9-over second round. Despite a disappointing score, Bailey is still tied for most birdies in the tournament, with eight, and is second in par five scoring at 5-under. She’ll look to continue those trends Wednesday.
The Cowgirls will look to finish up the Stillwater Regional on Wednesday with a strong final round to stay in the top four and advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament next week in Arizona. OSU will tee off at 8:00 a.m. on hole No. 1 tomorrow alongside Michigan State and Auburn.
Clemson, Arizona State and Baylor – the three teams ahead of OSU – will start their rounds at 9:06 a.m. on hole No. 1.
Spectators are welcome at the three-day event and there will be no admission charge. Parking is available along the road leading into the golf course.
In November, the NCAA had announced the move to a six-regional format effective with the spring championship. Each of the six regional sites will now feature 12 teams and six individuals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on an advancing team) qualifying for the championships, which will be held for the second-straight year at Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor Course) in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 20-25.
With the move to six regional sites from the previous four-site format, 72 teams will still qualify for regional play, with the number of individuals not on an advancing team increasing from 24 to 36.