SHOAL CREEK, Ala. – Cowgirl Maddie McCrary carded an even par 72 to anchor the Oklahoma State womenâ€™s golf team in the opening round of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional.
The sophomore will enter Fridayâ€™s second round tied for second place and just two strokes back of the leader, Vanderbiltâ€™s Jennifer Hahn, thanks to a pair of birdies and an eagle on No. 11, a 474-yard par 5.
Overall, the No. 9 Cowgirls ended Thursdayâ€™s opening round at the wind-swept Shoal Creek Country Club at 13-over 301, but just five strokes behind the leader, No. 8 Northwestern. The Regional hosts, No. 1 Alabama, sit in seventh place at 18-over 306.
At the end of 54 holes the top six teams and the top three individuals not associated with one of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship, which will be played on May 20-25 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
OSUâ€™s Linnea Johansson is tied for 16th place after a 3-over 75, while freshman Chih-Min Chen is just a stroke behind in a tie for 25th place.
Kenzie Neisen was named the Big 12 Player of the Month on Thursday after winning her second straight individual conference title. The sophomore will begin Friday in a tie for 46th place after carding a 6-over 78.
Emma Broze shot a 7-over 79 and is in a tie for 55th place after 18 holes.
1. Northwestern (+8) 296
2. Florida State (+11) 299
3. Tennessee (+12) 300
4. Oklahoma State (+13) 301
5. Vanderbilt (+14) 302
1. Jennifer Hahn, Vanderbilt (-2) 70
T2. Maddie McCrary, Oklahoma State (E) 72
T2. Kacie Komoto, Northwestern (E) 72
T4. Viviana Macias, New Mexico State (+1) 73
T4. Kim Metraux, Florida State (+1) 73
T4. Hannah Pietila, Tennessee (+1) 73
T2. Maddie McCrary â€“ (E) 72
T16. Linnea Johansson â€“ (+3) 75
T25. Chih-Min Chen â€“ (+4) 76
T46. Kenzie Neisen â€“ (+6) 78
T55. Emma Broze â€“ (+7) 79
OU’s Wood tied for 20th in Bryan Regional
University of Oklahoma womenâ€™s golfer Hannah Wood, who is playing as an individual in postseason, is tied for 20th place out of 96 competitors in the NCAA Bryan Regional. The tournament is being played at the par-72, 6,242-yard Texas Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.
The sophomore, who started on the back nine, fired a 72 (E) in the tournamentâ€™s opening round. Wood started strong as she sat at -2 through 11 holes, but bogeyed her 13th hole. She responded with a birdie on No. 8 but double-bogeyed her final hole to finish at even par.
â€œHannah played really solid today,â€ OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. â€œShe hit it the best Iâ€™ve ever seen and played very steady. While it wasnâ€™t the finish she wanted, her game is firing on all cylinders and she will bounce back tomorrow.â€
Gonzagaâ€™s Bianca Pagdanganan, who is also an individual in the event, leads the player leaderboard at 67 (-5), and Daniela Darquea of Miami is in second place with a 68 (-4). William & Maryâ€™s Alessandra Liu, Georgiaâ€™s Bailey Tardy, UCLAâ€™s Bronte Law and Arizonaâ€™s Gigi Stoll all share third at 69 (-3).
Georgia and Arizona share the top spot of the team leaderboard at 285 (-3) and Furman and Campbell are tied for third, both with a 288 (E). UCLA (+1) and Miami (+2) sit in fifth and sixth places, respectively.
The NCAA Bryan Regional is one of four regional sites with each location hosting 18 teams and six individuals. Six teams and three individuals not on an advancing team per regional will move on to the NCAA Championships, slated for May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
Wood will tee off from hole No. 1 at 8:50 a.m. CT on Friday for the second round of the regional. Live scoring of the tournament can be found at GolfStat.com.