Cowgirls come up short in Puerto Rico

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Han-Hsuan Yu during round one of the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship at the Golf Club of Oklahoma, Broken Arrow, April 14, 2019.

The Oklahoma State women’s golf team faltered late in Puerto Rico in route to its second fourth-place finish of the season in as many tournaments. 

In round one the Cowgirls struggled to score despite an under-par finish. The first round saw every team have at least one double-bogey on their card and a total of 53 double-bogeys on cards in the round.  

The entire field of the Puerto Rico Classic struggled in the first round. The Cowgirls struggled for a majority of the round, but still found themselves at 3-under par. They were the only team with an under-par in the round. 

However, that changed in round two when the Cowgirls shot 8-over par as a team. In round two Texas Tech stormed back to take the lead heading into the final round. The Cowgirls struggled to score again in the second round with only Lianna Bailey shooting under par in the round. 

Everything came to head in the final round. The Cowgirls clawed their way back into a tie for first with Texas Tech and held onto the tie for most of the round. However, while the Cowgirls were struggling to drop shots Northwestern was skyrocketing up the leaderboard. 

Down the stretch Northwestern overtook the Cowgirls and just like that they were back in a tie for second.

Northwestern took the lead and never looked back it shot a final round 8-under par to finish the tournament at even-par and six shots ahead of second place TTU and nine shots ahead of the Cowgirls. 

After round one Bailey was one of three Cowgirls in the top-10 individually at 1-under par and T-6. She followed up her round one performance with another 1-under in round two to move to 2-under and T-5. 

In round three Bailey struggled to get back to red numbers after carding a triple-bogey eight on the par-5 eighth. She finished the tournament at 2-over and T-12. 

Isabella Fierro improved in this tournament after struggling to find consistency at the UCF Challenge. She shot a first round 2-under 70, but struggled to score in round two posting a 3-over 75. In her final round she found her stroke again firing off another 2-under 70 in route to being the only Cowgirl to finish under par. 

Fierro’s 1-under finish was good for seventh place individually and secured her fourth top-10 finish in her collegiate career in only her sixth tournament. 

Hailey Jones had a solid first round of the tournament after her breakout campaign last week at the UCF Challenge, but struggled in the last two rounds in Puerto Rico. After a 2-under 70 in round one Jones shot a 4-over 76 and a final round 3-over 75. She finished the tournament at 5-over and T-22. 

Maja Stark couldn’t find her stroke in her first collegiate event, but it was a solid start for the No. 9 amateur in the world. Stark shot 2-over par 74 in the first and second rounds of the tournament. She finished the tournament with a third round 1-under 71 to finish the tournament at 3-over and T-16. 

Han-Hsuan Yu and Emma Whittaker struggled in all three rounds of the tournament. Yu shot 80-76-78 in route to an 18-over finish and in 67th place. Whittaker shot 77-81-75 to finish 17-over and T-65. 

The Cowgirls couldn’t find consistency on the course after a quick turnaround from their first tournament. The Cowgirls were only able to practice one day in Stillwater before travelling to Puerto Rico. The Cowgirls now have as many top-5 finishes this season than they did all of last season.