After a cold and blustery first round, 22nd-ranked Texas Tech leads the pack at the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship.
The Lady Raiders, who finished seventh last year, shot a plus-28 on the par-72, 6,055-yard course at The Harvester golf course for a total score of 316. One stoke separates the Lady Cowgirls from Texas Tech as OSU fired a 317 on the day.
Baylor (319) and host Iowa State (320) sit in third and fourth place, respectively, on a day when winds reached up to 30 mph and temperatures did not get out of the high 30s.
Individually, Baylor’s Lauren Taylor, a freshman, paced all golfers, shooting a plus-two score of 74 with four birdies, including three on the front nine. Ranked 59th in the nation, Taylor is trailed by Kimberly Kaufman (Texas Tech), who sits in second with a score of 75. Tied for third is Kansas’ Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang who share a plus-four score of 76.
Reigning champion and third-ranked Oklahoma is tied with Kansas for fifth place (322) after the first 18 holes. The Sooners’ Chirapat Jao-Javanil, the 2012 NCAA individual champion, sits in a nine-way tie for 15th with a plus-nine score of 81.
Oklahoma State leads all teams with three golfers on the leaderboard’s top 10, including Yang and third-ranked Kelsey Vines (eighth place).
Cold weather and heavy rain leading up to the event resulted in a first round schedule change as the start time for today was pushed back from 8:00 a.m. CT to noon with six teams starting on hole No. 1 and three on the 10th hole.
The cold temperatures on tap for Friday night will result in a two-hour delayed start for Saturday. The second round gets underway at 10 a.m. with all teams teeing off from the first hole.