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Back on the hunt: Cowgirls prepared to open fall slate in Denton

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Isabella Fierro putts at Hole 2 at Day 1 of the Cowgirl Classic at Karsten Creek on October 22, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Less than 110 days removed from a runner-up finish in the NCAA National Championships the Oklahoma State women’s golf team is beginning its new run at the title.

The Cowgirls fell just short a season ago, but still have a large chunk of the lineup that helped tie the best finish in school history. The Cowgirls do however lose a key piece in Maja Stark, who turned pro following the season.

The Cowgirls do bring in 2020 MAC Golfer of the Year Caley McGinty from Kent State and freshman Clemence Martin from Paris, France. OSU coach Greg Robertson also recruited McGinty during his time at Kent State, and jumped at the opportunity to recruit her again this time to Stillwater. Both newcomers will be in the Cowgirl lineup when they open up their fall season at the Samuel P. Golden Invitational on Monday.

Isabella Fierro, Rina Tatematsu and Maddison Hinson-Tolchard join McGinty and Martin in the lineup. Lianna Bailey will also compete in the event but as an individual.

“We had seven rounds of qualifying, a lot of good competition,” Robertson said. “Following up last year’s runner-up finish I think they’re excited to get to compete again.”

The Cowgirls fall season has four events scheduled, but the importance is unmatched due to the grind of a spring season. The fall allows OSU to get a head start, especially important with two newcomers in the lineup.

“I think it’s important. Four tournaments and they all count the same. This first tournament counts the same as the Big 12 Championship to the rankings and postseason stuff,” Robertson said. “We treat the fall like it was any other tournament.”

The field includes:

OSU

North Texas

Oklahoma

Texas Tech

Texas A&M

Mississippi State

TCU

Kansas State

Purdue

Houston

Tulsa

UTSA

Tulane

Charlotte

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