Cowgirls open huge lead in The Bruzzy, Sooners in third

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ARGYLE, Texas – The Oklahoma State women’s golf team pulled away from the field after carding the second lowest round in school history and will enter Monday’s final round at The Bruzzy with a 14-stroke lead at Lantana Golf Club.

The Cowgirls shot 15-under 273 in Sunday’s round, which is the second-lowest score ever by an OSU team and the best since firing a 268 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in 2008. They did it without two of their best players, Maja Stark and Isabella Fierro, who are getting prepared for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur later this week.

Oklahoma State is 19-under for the event, which is 14-strokes ahead of the hosts, North Texas, with 18 holes to play. The University of Oklahoma is 18 shots back in third. The Cowgirls are looking for their second consecutive victory after winning the Mountain View Collegiate in Saddlebrooke, Arizona last week.

Lianna Bailey was the catalyst behind OSU’s run up the leaderboard. The junior posted a 3-under 69 in the morning and a 6-under 66 in the afternoon – tied for the tournament record – and will carry a 2-stroke lead into the final 18 holes. The Leicester, England native is gunning for her second victory of the season after winning the Kissing Tree Invitational on Nov. 2.

Bailey will have to content with Cowgirl freshman Maddison Hinson-Tolchard over the final 18 holes. Hinson-Tolchard is tied for third place after posting round of 72-69 (-3) 141, and is only 6-strokes behind Bailey after a 4-birdie second round.

Han-Hsuan Yu is also in the top-10 after carding 73-70 (-1) 143, including a bogey free back-nine in the second round. The sophomore is tied for 10th on the leaderboard.

Freshman Rina Tatematsu also posted a 4-under bogey-free second round and is tied for 19th at 4-under. Hailey Jones is tied for 31st at 4-over par.

For Oklahoma, Mikhaela Fortuna paced the Sooners with rounds of 72-70 and was tied for sixth.

Three Sooners grabbed a spot inside the top 20, and the remainder of the OU lineup sits just two shots outside of that mark. Veronique Drouin-Luttrell’s team led the field with 127 pars.

“We had some great moments out there today,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “I’m really excited to see what we can do tomorrow for another 18 holes.”

Fortuna fired a clean card in Sunday’s second round, sinking a pair of birdies and 16 pars to move into the top 10 in her second tournament of the season. Fortuna is joined inside the top 20 by a pair of Sooners in Hannah Screen and Libby Winans, who sit in a tie for 19th.

Winans (+1, T19) opened her day with her sixth round of par-or-better this season, carding a 71 before shooting a 74 in the afternoon. Screen made six birdies and is tied for 19th after rounds of 72-73.

Kaitlin Milligan, who will play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur later this week, shot 72-75 and is tied for 34th, as is sophomore Maria Fernanda Martinez, 76-71.

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