COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Texas Longhorns maintained their lead on the final day of the 2011 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship, shooting a one-over par 289 to capture the title with a three-round total of 872 (+8) at the par 72, 6,234-yard course at The Club at Old Hawthorne.
This marks Texas' first Championship crown since 2004 and its third overall, having claimed the title in 1997. UT's combined score of 583 after the first two rounds was the lowest in the event's history.The Longhorns fired a one-under 287 in the second round after shooting a 296 on day one when they stood in second place. Madison Pressel fueled UT, topping the individual leaderboard with a Championship record cumulative score of eight-under par 208. She is the first Longhorn to take medalist honors since Heather Bowie in 1997.
The defending champion Aggies finished in second, three strokes behind Texas with a final score of 875 (+11) including a one-under 298 third round. TAMU has finished in the top three every year since 2006. Missouri placed third, shooting a round three, two-over par 292 for a total score of 16-over 880. MU's third-place finish was the best for the Tigers since claiming second place in 2003.
Pressel shot a Championship record 66 in round two and a one-under 71 on the opening day. The sophomore sank an eagle in each round and registered 10 birdies at the event, including five in round two. Despite bogeying her opening two holes in the final round, she had birdies on holes 6 and 9 and eagled the par-4 hole 14. Shortly after her eagle, teammate Nicole Vandermade eagled par-4 hole 17 to widen UT's lead. Texas entered the event with just one eagle on the season, which came from a Longhorn golfer who was not in their Championship lineup.
Josephine Janson (Oklahoma State) and Katerina Ruzickova (Texas A&M) totaled three-under par scores of 213, the fourth-lowest finishes in the event's history, to tie for second place. Jessica Wallace (Colorado) and Victoria Stefansen (Iowa State) shared fourth place with scores of 215, while Jaclyn Jansen (Baylor) and Sarah Zwartyncki (Texas A&M) tied for sixth with even scores of 216. Rounding out the All-Tournament Team are day-one leader Deborah DeVilla (Texas Tech) at eighth with a 217, Taylor Gohn (Missouri) at ninth with a 218 and Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma) with a 219.
The Longhorns earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Regionals, which are May 4-7. The 72-team regional field is announced on Monday, April 25.
Final Team Results
1. Texas, 296-287-289=872
2. Texas A&M, 298-290-287=875
3. Missouri, 297-291-292=880
4. Iowa State, 300-285-297=882
5. Oklahoma, 298-293-297=888
6. Texas Tech, 294-296-299=889
7. Oklahoma State, 302-294-295=891
8. Baylor, 301-294-305=900
9. Colorado, 302-297-304=903
10. Nebraska, 297-298-314=909
11. Kansas, 302-305-304=911
12. Kansas State, 309-303-304=916
Individual Leaders (All-Tournament Team)
1. Madison Pressel, Texas, 71-66-71=208
T2. Josephine Janson, Oklahoma State, 73-71-69=213
T2. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M, 71-72-70=213
T4. Victoria Stefansen, Iowa State, 75-72-68=215
T4. Jessica Wallace, Colorado, 73-70-72=215
T6. Jaclyn Jansen, Baylor, 72-71-73=216
T6. Sarah Zwartynski, Texas A&M, 76-72-68=216
8. Deborah DeVilla, Texas Tech, 71-72-74=217
9. Taylor Gohn, Missouri, 75-72-71=218
10. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma, 71-75-73=219