Cowgirls look to defend Big 12 title, Sooners hope to grab final opportunity

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HOCKLEY, Texas – Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma women’s golf teams are set to open postseason play on Thursday at the Big 12 Championship at The Clubs at Houston Oaks.

The Cowgirls look to defend their title from 2023 and build upon its league-best 11 Big 12 Championships, four more than second-place Texas, as it faces the newly expanded 13-team field. Oklahoma State posted its seventh sweep in the Big 12 era last year, taking the team title by seven strokes, while Maddison Hinson-Tolchard recorded a 4-under showing to take the individual title by one stroke.

The Sooners will be competing in the Big 12 field for the final time before going to the Southeastern Conference in 2025.

Thursday’s action at the par-71, 6,249-yard layout opens at 8 a.m. CT with five pairings, determined by seeding, teeing off throughout the morning. The fifth-seeded Cowgirls tee off their opening round alongside No. 4 Baylor and No. 6 Oklahoma on hole No. 1 at 9 a.m. CT and will tee off its second round on Friday with the Bears and Sooners on hole No. 10 at 9 a.m.

The final round’s pairings will be determined after 36 holes, with Saturday’s action being aired by Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Live scoring of the 2024 Big 12 Championship (April 18-20) will be provided on GolfStat.com. For a full listing of team groupings, refer to Big12Sports.com.

Regular Season Round-Up

Ranked No. 42 in the Scoreboard rankings, the Cowgirls enter Hockley behind a core that has recorded a collection of strong showings against premier fields.

At the helm, back-to-back Big 12 Player of the Year Maddison Hinson-Tolchard enters the par-71, 6,249-yard layout behind a career year coated with appearances at premier amateur tournaments.

Returning to the course after debuting at ANWA, Hinson-Tolchard is on pace for the Cowgirls’ third-lowest single-season scoring average in program history (70.9) while adding a host of accolades to the record books. This season, she tied the program’s lowest 18-hole score (64) at the Schooner Fall Classic in September, sits 10 birdies away from passing Kenzie Neisen’s 369 career birdies for second in OSU history and owns the program record for par-or-better rounds with 67 and counting.

Behind Hinson-Tolchard, freshman Ellie Bushnell and Marta Silchenko have emerged as key members of the Cowgirls’ lineup.

A native of Granite Bay, California, Bushnell became the first Cowgirl freshman since Stephanie Astrup in 2017-18 to start in every regular-season tournament for the Cowgirls, and the numbers back that decision. This season, she has posted a 72.56 scoring average – the fourth-best by a Cowgirl freshman (minimum of 15 rounds) – while finishing tied for fourth at the PING/ASU Invitational in March. In Phoenix, she went 24-2-1 against Scoreboard top-100 golfers while carding two of her team-best seven 60s rounds.

Silchenko has also shined in spurts this season, taking an individual lead at the Puerto Rico Classic in February while adding nine par-or-better rounds.

Thitaporn Saithip has also established herself as a consistent option this season as the sophomore has ended par-or-better in three of her last four 54-hole tournaments. Saithip has yet to fire in the 60s this season, but her steady scoring average (73.63) has made her a key piece this spring.

Angelica Pfefferkorn and Sammie Miller have also added value this season. Becoming a core starter this season, Pfefferkorn ended the fall with a 6-under 66 at the Jim West Challenge and has provided a host of counters while Miller has started in the previous pair of tournaments.

For Oklahoma, sophomores Savannah Barber, Isabelle Schlick, Gracie Mayo, junior Reagan Chaney and freshman Holly McLean will represent OU.

Oklahoma won The Match Play at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, defeating Tulsa 3-1-1 in the championship match and winning its first tournament title since the 2018 Clover Cup. The Sooners advanced to the championship match with a 2-1-2 victory over Texas Tech in the semifinals.


Big 12 Championship
Dates:
Thursday, April 18 (round one)
Friday, April 19 (round two)
Saturday, April 20 (round three)
Location: Hockley, Texas
Course: The Clubs at Houston Oaks
Live Results: Live Scoring
Oklahoma Lineup:
1. Savannah Barber
2. Isabelle Schlick
3. Gracie Mayo
4. Reagan Chaney
5. Holly McLean

THE FIELD (13 Teams)
Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, and UCF.

THE COURSE 
The Clubs at Houston Oaks (par 71, 6,249 yards) in Hockley, Texas will host all three rounds of the Big 12 Championship.

FORMAT 
The three-day 54-hole tournament starts on Thursday, April 18 with 18 holes and continues with 18 holes on Friday, April 19. The conference will crown a championship on Sunday, April 20. The Sooners will tee off on No. 1 at 9 a.m. with Baylor and Oklahoma State on Thursday, and off No. 10 at 9 a.m. on Friday. Final round pairings are determined after the first 36 holes.

LIVE STATS
The Big 12 will utilize GolfStat.com for live results and final scores. Recaps will be available on SoonerSports.com following the completion of rounds each day.


 

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