STILLWATER – Junior Lianna Bailey led the No. 7 Oklahoma State women’s golf team to a 3-1-1 win over No. 27 Texas Tech in the opening round of the Cowgirl Match Play at Stillwater Country Club. Oklahoma defeated Tulsa 3-1-1 in the opening round.
On Monday, the Cowgirls will face No. 54 Tulsa at 8:30 a.m. before taking on rival No. 30 Oklahoma. The Phillips 66 Bedlam matchup will tee off at 1:15 p.m. on hole No. 1. The Sooners face Texas Tech in the morning. Tulsa and Texas Tech will play an afternoon match.
Bailey, a junior, posted a trio of birdies to grab the first OSU victory of the day, a dominating 5 and 4 win over Red Raider junior Amy Taylor.
Han-Hsuan Yu entered No. 16 tied with Texas Tech’s Gala Dumez, but managed to take the next two holes thanks to a par on No. 16 and a birdie on No. 17 to win the match.
Cowgirl Freshman Rina Tatematsu clinched the team victory for the Cowgirls with a solid 4 and 3 decision over Anna Dong. Tatematsu birdied her final two holes to put the exclamation point on the win.
Isabella Fierro had a good look at a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have earned the sophomore a hard-fought victory over Tech’s Sofia Garcia, but the putt wouldn’t fall and Fierro’s match ended in a tie.
Fellow sophomore Hailey Jones cut what was once a four-hole deficit to Tech’s Cecilie Nielsen down to one with three holes to play, but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 3 and 1 loss.
Oklahoma used commanding wins from Libby Winans, Hannah Screen and Mikhaela Fortuna to defeat Tulsa.
“There were some really good matches out there today,” coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “I’m proud of how our girls fought and never gave in. That type of mindset is what it takes to win matches, and we’ll need more of that tomorrow if we want to win.”
Hannah Screen was the first off the tee and first back into the clubhouse with a 2 and 1 win over Haley Greb. The London, England, product took a 2-up lead thru four before dropping Nos. 5 and 6 to move the match back to all square. Entering the back nine all tied up, Screen won the 10th and 12th to secure a 2-up lead that she wouldn’t surrender.
Maria Fernanda Martinez battled Taylor Dobson early, taking the lead on the fourth hole, before dropping a set of holes to fall 5 and 3, evening the team battle at one apiece.
The remaining three Sooners would leave no doubt, as Libby Winans won the first three holes in a 5 and 4 victory over Titita Loudtragulngam.
Mikhaela Fortuna rolled to a 4 and 3 victory over Lily Thomas. The best match of the day was the final one, featuring Oklahoma senior Kaitlin Milligan and Tulsa’s top player Lorena Tseng, who entered Sunday ranked 39th nationally. Milligan found herself in trouble thru 11, as the Norman product was three holes down. A furious comeback, highlighted by a 10-foot par putt on 18 allowed the Sooner to halve the match and send Oklahoma into the clubhouse with a 3-1-1 win over the Golden Hurricane.
Monday Morning’s Matchups
8:30 a.m. (Hole 1) – Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
8:30 a.m. (Hole 10) – Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa
Monday Afternoon’s Matchups
1:15 p.m. (Hole 1) – Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma
1:15 p.m. (Hole 10) – Texas Tech vs. Tulsa