RHODES, Iowa - Trailing by just one stroke entering the final round, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls claimed their eighth Big 12 Championship crown and first since 2009 by winning the 2013 conference event at the par-72, 6,055-yard course at The Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma State overcame a late two-stroke lead by Baylor to post a final round score of 905 (317-289-299; +41) winning by two strokes.
The Cowgirls have won the event or finished as runner-up on 12 occasions. OSU also claimed the title in 1999, 2001-’03, ‘05 and ‘08-’09 and was the second-place team in ‘00, ‘06-’07 and ‘10.
Oklahoma State, which entered the event ranked 17th nationally, had four players finish in the top 10 individually. The quartet of Cowgirls ties the championship record for most players in the final top 10. OSU is the only team to achieve the feat as this marks the third time in history it has done so (2008 & ‘09).
Top 10 finishers, with ties, comprise the event’s All-Tournament Team.
The 2012 Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year Kelsey Vines led Oklahoma State, tying for the fifth-place finish with a 10-over-par score of 226. She shot a first round score of 79 before recording an even mark of 72 in round two and a final round score of 75 (+3) today. Teammates Jayde Panos and Julie Yang finished in a three-way tie for seventh with a three-round total of 227 (+11). Josephine Janson rounded out the Cowgirls on the All-Tournament Team with a 229 (+13) score.
The Lady Bears posted their second-best finish all-time, shooting a 907 (319-286-302; +43) for a second-place spot. The Bears’ previous best finish at the event was third, which they placed on four occasions (2012, ‘07, ‘05, ‘01). Baylor’s runner-up team is comprised of three freshmen and two sophomores.
BU freshman Lauren Taylor led the Lady Bears, recording the top individual score at the event, a 1-under-par mark of 213, which ties for the fourth-best 54-hole total in championship history. Her three-round total was seven strokes better than the second-place finisher.
Taylor becomes the second freshman to win the individual title (Jaclyn Sweeney, OSU, 2008) and is the first Baylor player to finish with top honors. She shot a 2-over par 74 in the opening round, before recording a 4-under-par mark of 68 in round two. Today, she was the only player to record a score below par, shooting a 1-under mark of 71. The Rugby, England-native drained a birdie on hole 4 in each round and totaled 11 at the event. Hole 4 is the second-longest on the course, a 490-yard par-4.
Joining Taylor atop the individual leaderboard was Iowa State’s Prima Phuntumabamrung who finished in second with a 5-over-par mark of 221. Oklahoma’s AC Tanguay finished in third with a 223 mark (+7).
Host Iowa State also recorded its best finish with the third-place spot. The Cyclones, who have never finished above fourth, totaled a 912 (320-286-302; +48) score, just seven shots behind the Cowgirls.
Reigning champion Oklahoma placed fourth with a combined score of 928 (+64) with Texas Tech in fifth (+67) - its best finish since 2010 when the Lady Raiders also concluded play in fifth place. TCU and Texas finished in a tie for sixth (+72), while Kansas and K-State rounded out the final teams, respectively.
Weather conditions for the event were less than ideal as temperatures were as low as 30 on some days and wind reach up to 30 mph, including speeds in the 20s today. The unpleasant weather caused tee time delays for the first and second rounds.
Oklahoma State earns the league’s automatic spot in the NCAA Regionals, which are slated for play Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, at three sites (Central: Oklahoma, West: Stanford, East: Auburn). The 72-team regional field is announced on Monday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. CT on NCAA.com. The 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship is set for Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24, at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Three teams (Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas) represented the Big 12 at the event in 2012.
1. Oklahoma State, 317-289-299=905 (+41)
2. Baylor, 319-286-302=907 (+43)
3. Iowa State, 320-286-306=912 (+48)
4. Oklahoma, 322-293-313=928 (+64)
5. Texas Tech, 316-296-319=931 (+67)
T6. TCU, 326-294-316=936 (+72)
T6. Texas, 327-297-312=936 (+72)
8. Kansas, 322-304-315=941 (+77)
9. K-State, 350-306-325=981 (+117)