The Oklahoma State women’s golf team struggled to find consistency in the first two rounds of the UCF Challenge, but a nuclear final round propelled the Cowgirls to a fourth-place finish.
The Cowgirls finished the tournament with a third-round score of 14-under par to finish the tournament with a score of 12-under par.
OSU coach Greg Robertson’s previous school Kent State won the tournament after pulling away from the field after firing off a third-round score of 13-under to finish at 21-under par for the tournament.
The Cowgirls struggled in the first round with only one player carding a round under par, freshman Hailey Jones. After round one Jones was in a tie for fifth place and the Cowgirls team was in eleventh at five-over par.
The Cowgirls tried to break under par, but faltered late. However, they did skyrocket up the leaderboard.
After round two the Cowgirls sat six spots higher than they did after round one with a tie for fifth with a score of 2-over par.
Then in the third round all the Cowgirl golfers found their game. The birdies came early and often as they grew closer to the top teams. The Cowgirls tried to catch Kent State, but the deficit was two large. Despite the fourth-place finish four Cowgirls had career tournaments.
Jones shot a career low 2-under par in round one and then broke that with a 4-under par 68 setting a new career best. Her six-under par finish in the tournament is also her best collegiate score. Jones finished tied for fourth place.
Junior Emma Whittaker tied her career high with an even-par 72. This is the fifth time in Whittaker’s career that she has carded an even-par.
Sophomore Han-Hsuan Yu, carded a five-under par 67 in the final round. The 67 is a career low for Yu and the 19thlowest score in Cowgirl history. She finished the tournament at one-over-par and tied for 33rd.
Sophomore Lianna Bailey, set fire in rounds two and three after carding a one-over par 73. Bailey shot a four-under par 68 in rounds two and three, which tied her career low. Bailey set a career low for her total score of seven-under par and tied for second.
The Cowgirls struggled in round one, but finally started to show some life in round two. Hailey Jones seems to have lodged herself into the top-5 on the Cowgirls squad. The Cowgirls were without top-50 amateur Maya Stark due to a NCAA issue, but Robertson said she will travel to the Cowgirls next tournament.