OSU’s Bailey wins Big 12 title, Cowgirls tie for second, OU sixth

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HOCKLEY, TEXAS — No. 6 Oklahoma State women’s golf’s Lianna Bailey secured the 2022 Big 12 Women’s Golf individual championship on Sunday at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas. As a team, the Cowgirls earned a runner-up finish after carding an 8-over to finish 27-over on the weekend at the 6,356-yard, par-71 course. The University of Oklahoma came in sixth, with Hannah Screen earning All Tournament Team honors with a top-10 finish.

With the win, Bailey became OSU’s first individual champion since Kenzie Neisen in 2016. It marked the 10thtime a Cowgirl has won the individual title while Bailey became the seventh different Oklahoma State competitor to do so.

A senior from Leicester, England, Bailey earned her third individual title of her collegiate career with the win and her first of the season.

Bailey finished Sunday with a 77 to finish the weekend 2-over. Overall, two Cowgirls finished in the top-5 on the individual leaderboard.

No. 14 Texas earned the team title with a 14-over in the final round to finish the tournament 24-over while No. 16 Baylor finished the day 6-over to finish 27-over in a tie for second with the Cowgirls.

Alongside Bailey, Han-Hsuan Yu carded a 68 to finish the day 3-under. The performance helped her finish the weekend 4-over as she jumped 13 spots on Sunday to finish tied for third.

Maddison Hinson-Tolchard shot a 75 while Rina Tatematsu finished the day with a 72 as the teammates closed the weekend tied for 19th at 12-over. Hailey Jones rounded out the OSU lineup at 19-over in 36th place.

As a team, OSU led the field in par-3 scoring, birdies and eagles.

For their efforts, both Bailey and Yu were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Through 11 tournaments this season, OSU has yet to finish outside the top-3 in the standings.

Looking ahead to the next step in postseason play, Oklahoma State is set to play host to the NCAA Stillwater Regional May 9-11 at Karsten Creek Golf Club. Spectators are welcome at the three-day event and there will be no admission charge. Parking is available along the road leading into the golf course.

In November, the NCAA had announced the move to a six-regional format effective with the spring championship. Each of the six regional sites will now feature 12 teams and six individuals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on an advancing team) qualifying for the championships, which will be held for the second-straight year at Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor Course) in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 20-25.

With the move to six regional sites from the previous four-site format, 72 teams will still qualify for regional play, with the number of individuals not on an advancing team increasing from 24 to 36.

Oklahoma finished sixth at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship Sunday and  Screen earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors.

The Sooners entered the final round sixth and maintained their position through the final 18 holes. OU (49-over 901) held off Kansas (51-over 903) but was unable to overcome TCU (39-over 891) for fifth.

“Hannah Screen had a solid week and registered another top-10 finish, “said Oklahoma women’s golf head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “She is a great player for us.”

Screen opened the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 73 and finished the final 18 4-over. The London, England product dropped a birdie on the second hole and finished the front nine even. Screen fell back after a bogey on the 12th and concluded her round 4-over 75. Screen was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team and it was her second consecutive all-tournament team honor.

Screen was joined in the top 20 by Mikhaela Fortuna, who tied for 19th and earned her second-consecutive top-20 finish at the Big 12 tournament. Fortuna tied for 12th at the 2021 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship.

She finished the first eight holes with a clean scorecard and tallied a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole. Fortuna was even through the front nine and maintained her score through the 16th. She concluded her day with a 3-over 74 and was 12-over 225 for the tournament.

Meagan Winans concluded her first Big 12 Championship tied for 29th. The freshman from Richardson, Texas, tallied a pair of birdies on the front nine and finished 7-over 78. She ended the tournament with a 16-over 229.

Maria Fernanda Martinez moved up seven spots through the final round and tied for 32nd. Martinez finished the front nine 1-over 36 and earned a birdie on the eighth hole. She dropped back-to-back holes on the 12th and 13th and recorded five-consecutive pars to end her round. Martinez ended the championship 17-over 230.

Libby Winans moved up four spots on the final day and finished with a 4-over 75. The senior tallied her lone birdie of the round on the fifth and was 18-over 231 for the championship.

“We had a disappointing week and put ourselves in tough spots, which made it hard to recover,” said Drouin-Luttrell. “We now need to go back home and reset for the NCAA Regionals.”

Screen tied for the third-best average on par 4s (4.11, +3) and tallied seven birdies through 54 holes.

The 2022 NCAA women’s golf selection show will air Wednesday, April 27 at 3 p.m. (CT) on the Golf Channel.

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