OSU’s McCrary in great position to earn LPGA Tour card

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Oklahoma State senior golfer and amateur Maddie McCrary fired a 2-under par (70) in the second round of LPGA Qualifying School Stage III, and is in great position for her LPGA card as she sits in the top eight with three days to go.

McCrary has two career starts on the LPGA Tour under her belt at the 2015 and 2017 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, earning her spot through the annual High School/College Shootout.

While she missed both cuts in those starts, McCrary said she feels equipped to handle herself at Qualifying School thanks to those experiences.

“It’s prepared me a lot,” she said. “The greens are a lot firmer out here. I know where I need to work—around the greens, just short little chip shots have helped me tremendously.”

With her parents in the gallery watching this week and her coach on the bag, there’s one other familiar element for McCrary that has made an appearance at LPGA International during the final stage: wind.

“The wind blows here and in Oklahoma, so I’m well prepared for it,” said the Wylie, Texas native after finishing her round on the Jones Course, which has experienced sustained 15 mph winds throughout the week.

This is McCrary’s first time at Q-School, but the 21-year-old has momentum on her side as she’s fresh off a stellar fall campaign in the college ranks. The Cowgirls phenom led OSU to the team title at their first fall tournament with a tied for fifth finish. In her next start, McCrary took home the Windy City Collegiate Classic individual championship—her first title in an Oklahoma State uniform. To round out her fall season, she led OSU with another top 10 finish at the Landfall Tradition.

While McCrary rightfully takes a lot of pride in her Oklahoma State career, her plans this week for Q-School are simple.

“If I’m top 20, I’m going to turn pro,” said McCrary. “We’ll just see where it goes.”

Also competing this week are Kendall Dye of Edmond, former Sooner Emily Collins and former Cowgirl Julie Yang.

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