Sooners, Cowgirls tied for 10th early in Big 12 Championship

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HOCKLEY, Texas – Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were tied for 10th at 17-over following the opening round of the Big 12 Championship on Thursday at Houston Oaks.

Sophomore Savannah Barber led the Sooners and tied for 12th, firing a 1-over 72. Barber opened her round with a birdie on No. 1 and finished the front nine 1-over 36. The Forth Worth, Texas, product dropped to 3-under through 13 with bogeys on the 11th and 13th holes. Barber capped her round with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th before a par on the 18th hole.

Junior Reagan Chaney joined Barber in the top 20 and tied for 17th, carding a 2-over 73. Chaney tallied three birdies on the front nine, including back-to-back on the fourth and fifth holes. The Ardmore, Okla., product wrapped up the front nine 3-over 38. Chaney tallied two additional birdies on the 11th and 14th, moving to 1-over through 14. She suffered a one-stroke setback on the 17th hole and concluded the round with a par. Her five birdies were the most by a Sooner.

Sophomore Isabelle Schlick and freshman Holly McLean tied for 53rd (7-over, 78). Schlick tallied three birdies, matching Barber for the second most by a Sooner. McLean recorded her lone birdie on the par-4 17th hole.

Sophomore Gracie Mayo enters the second round in 64th (13-over, 84).

Texas leads the 13-team field at 2-over 286, while Houston and TCU stand on the podium, carding 4-over 288 and 7-over 291 on the day.

Oklahoma State caught some early momentum on the par-71, 6,249-yard layout as it opened the day 2-under with birdies from their first two to the tee in Angelica Pfefferkorn and Ellie Bushnell. The Cowgirls bounced around the top spot for most of the front nine. However, their run was stymied with two birdies on the back nine.

In her first postseason start, Pfefferkorn briefly held the individual lead after birdieing her first two of three holes, but the senior ultimately capped the day tied for 25th at 3-over 74.

Thitaporn Saithip slotted in tied for ninth after an even front nine, but a pair of bogeys and a double bogey on hole No. 17 moved her to 4-over 75 and tied for 34th entering Friday.

Maddison Hinson-Tolchard also signed a 75 in opening-round action.

As two of 19 freshmen in the field, Bushnell and Marta Silchenko closed their first postseason round on Thursday, signing rounds of 77 and 78, respectively.

Bushnell started the day 1-under thru six holes after an opening hole birdie and five pars, but ultimately closed the day 6-over and tied for 49th. Silchenko tied Saithip for the most birdies on Thursday with three, but double bogeys on holes No. 10 and 17 stifled her scorecard.

Live scoring of the 2024 Big 12 Championship is provided on Golfstat.com. For daily round-by-round coverage, follow along on okstate.com.

 

Team Leaderboard

  1. Texas (+2) 286 – 286
  2. Houston (+4) 288 – 288
  3. TCU (+7) 291 – 291

T4. Baylor (+8) 292 – 292

T4. Kansas State (+8) 292 – 292

T4. Iowa State (+8) 292 – 292

  1. Texas Tech (+9) 293 – 293
  2. Kansas (+13) 297 – 297
  3. UCF (+14) 298 – 298

T10. Oklahoma State (+17) 301 – 301

T10. Oklahoma (+17) 301 – 301

  1. Cincinnati (+18) 302 – 302
  2. BYU (+19) 303 – 303

 

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