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Building blocks: Cowgirls continue to improve with a third place finish in the Cowgirl Classic

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

In front of a lot of Oklahoma State golf fans at Karsten Creek, the OSU women’s golf team finished third at 35-over par in the Cowgirl Classic.

Isabella Fierro led the way for the Cowgirls, continuing her dominant fall campaign. Her tie for third in the event was her seventh career top-10 finish. Fierro competed for the second time in front of her mother and first time in front of her sister who both came in from Mexico to watch the event.

“I think it's my mom's second tournament, but my first but it's pretty awesome” said Renata Fierro, Isabella’s sister. “I’m excited for her and for the team. I’m really proud of her and happy because it’s been a while since I’ve seen her.”

Two other Cowgirls, Hailey Jones (9-over par) and Maja Stark (11-over par) finished in the top-15 in the individual competition.

Baylor won its third straight tournament of the fall and is unbeaten in its fall slate. In each of the three events, Baylor also had the individual winner.

The first day of the event featured weather in the 70s and 80s, but then the second day, the weather completely shifted for the event with a high in the 40s and much higher winds. With the extreme change in weather came a change in strategy on most holes.

The attackable par-5 18th hole was the Cowgirls best hole of the first day with five total birdies on the 36-hole Day One from the Cowgirls’ starting five with three of the five birdieing the hole in the first round. However, on Day Two, only one Cowgirl birdied the hole with the wind howling off of Lake Louise.

“Obviously, the course played a lot different with completely different winds,” coach Greg Robertson. “Fortunately, on Sunday, we played out here when it was cold and windy with fairly similar conditions, so they got a chance to see how we were going to set it up. I was happy with the way they came out and played in these conditions.

“We moved up in terms of closing the gap on the leaders, which is good. We still finished third and didn’t lose any ground, but it was good to see them play strong today and not let the conditions affect them too much.”

The Cowgirls have one fall tournament remaining on the schedule and Robertson hopes to see the team take the next step and have an all-around tournament with the solid roster they have built.

“We’ve got a good group; I don’t think we haven’t really been clicking this fall,” Robertson said. “We’ve had some good plays. Isa has played really solid and we’ve had some good play from time to time from the others, but we haven’t really put it together. We’ve still got two players coming in, Han who’s a returner and a freshman from Australia who is going to join us in January.

“That’s going to create more competition, and really help us out. We’ve got a talented group, and when they start believing it and start putting it together then we’ll start to see some good things.”

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