Cowgirls start strong, Tulsa struggles in NCAA Championship

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Oklahoma State women’s golf started its 2024 NCAA Championship run strong, firing a 1-under 287 on Friday, while Maddison Hinson-Tolchard hangs in the top three at La Costa Champions Course.

The University of Tulsa had a rocky first round and is currently 30th in the 30-team field.

The Cowgirls enter the weekend tied for ninth, knotting itself in a three-way tie with Mississippi State and Florida State. Clemson leads the field after carding an 8-under 280, while Texas A&M stands one shot back of the lead. Lottie Woad of Florida State leads the individual leaderboard after posting a 7-under 65.

After 54 holes, the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will compete for one additional day of stroke play on Monday to determine the top eight teams for match play competition and the 72-hole individual champion. The top eight teams will then compete in match play on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the team national championship to be decided on May 22.

Opening on hole No. 10, the Cowgirls kept its composure the full round, never going past 2-over across the 18 holes.

Hinson-Tolchard paced the Cowgirls on Friday, entering the clubhouse at 4-under 68. The back-to-back Big 12 Player of the Year continued her postseason excellence on the par-72, 6,330-yard layout, logging a bogey-free front nine, with birdies on hole Nos. 14 and 15, before drilling three straight birdies on hole Nos. 3-5 to go 5-under at its peak.

The senior neared her third bogey-free round of the season but marked a bogey on hole No. 7 to slot tied for third in the field.

Marta Silchenko also found her groove on holes No. 14 and 15, rattling back-to-back birdies to propel an even scorecard on the day. Silchenko slotted in the top 10 after hole No. 15 but had to battle after carding four straight bogeys after the pair. The freshman bounced back with two birdies in the back nine, with her last coming on hole No. 8.

Thitaporn Saithip also used hole No. 8 to finish even on the day, countering a triple bogey on hole No. 15 to slot tied for 38th to enter the weekend. Saithip got hot early, going 2-under after three holes, and kept her cool after her triple-bogey, going bogey-free the rest of the day.

Ellie Bushnell finished play at 3-over on the day to place tied for 38th. Bushnell posted the first eagle of the tournament, and her fifth this season, on hole No. 1.

Angelica Pffeferkorn signed a 78, logging pars on 11 of her last 13 holes.

Oklahoma State returns to the course tomorrow at 3:50 p.m. CT alongside Oregon State and Tulsa

The Golden Hurricane carded a 15-over par score of 303. Sydney Seigel turned in Tulsa’s best round of the day with a 1-over par 73 to tie for 58th place. She had three birdies and four bogeys to make-up her total for opening round action.

Fellow junior Lovisa Gunnar is two strokes back with a 3-over par round of 75 for 87th place, while sophomore Grace Kilcrease is one behind Gunnar with a score of 76 and in 99th place.

Starting on hole 10, Kilcrease jumped out to a solid round shooting 2-under with three birdies and just one bogey after her first nine holes. She was 3-under heading into her final three holes of the day when she shot an eight on the par-4 seventh hole and had a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth hole.

Redshirt freshman Allyn Stephens carded a round of 79 and sophomore Jenni Roller scored an 80 in opening round action.

Live scoring of the 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Golf Championships is provided on GolfStat.com.

 

Individual Leaderboard
T3. Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (-4) 34-34 – 68
T38. Marta Silchenko (E) 35-37 – 72
T38. Thitaporn Saithip (E) 35-37 – 72
T87. Ellie Bushnell (+3) 37-38 – 75
T132. Angelica Pfefferkorn (+6) 38-40 – 78
Team Leaderboard
1. Clemson (-8) 280 – 280
2. Texas A&M (-7) 281 – 281
T3. Stanford (-3) 285 – 285
T3. Auburn (-3) 285 – 285
T3. Northwestern (-3) 285 – 285
T6. Duke (-2) 286 – 286
T6. San Jose State (-2) 286 – 286
T6. Arizona State (-2) 286 – 286
T9. Mississippi State (-1) 287 – 287
T9. Oklahoma State (-1) 287 – 287
T9. Florida State (-1) 287 – 287
T12. Michigan State (E) 288 – 288
T12. Arkansas (E) 288 – 288
14. LSU (+1) 289 – 289
T15. UCLA (+3) 291 – 291
T15. Pepperdine (+3) 291 – 291
17. Oregon (+6) 294 – 294
T18. Purdue (+7) 295 – 295
T18. Wake Forest (+7) 295 – 295
20. South Carolina (+8) 296 – 296
T21. Texas (+11) 299 – 299
T21. USC (+11) 299 – 299
T21. Oregon State (+11) 299 – 299
T21. Ole Miss (+11) 299 – 299
T25. Vanderbilt (+12) 300 – 300
T25. Baylor (+12) 300 – 300
T27. Virginia (+13) 301 – 301
T27. North Carolina (+13) 301 – 301
29. SMU (+14) 302 – 302
30. Tulsa (+15) 303 – 303

 

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