For the first time in nearly four years, the Oklahoma State women’s golf team will compete at Karsten Creek in an event.
OSU will host the Cowgirl Classic on Thursday and Friday at its home course, and spectators will be allowed. The event will have a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.
“Yeah, it’s a good opportunity for us to showcase the golf course and also for our team to get a chance to play in town,” coach Greg Robertson said. “It’s unusual since we are always traveling all over the place and we never really have a home tournament. We’re happy that we are getting this opportunity.”
The Cowgirls will have Maja Stark, the No. 8 amateur in the world, back in the lineup for the first time in the fall season. Stark missed the first two events because she was competing internationally with the Swedish National Team. Her team recently won the European Championship where she captained the team.
“Obviously, her scores are going to help us out, but when you have someone like that it helps everybody else out,” Robertson said. “Knowing that you are going to get some solid play at the top, but when you’ve got a player of her caliber, they’re going to go out and get a couple of rounds under par for each tournament that you play.
"It helps with her scores, with the team score and with the overall confidence of the other four girls she plays with as well knowing they’ve got her in the lineup. It really helps out everybody.”
Stark will join All-American Isabella Fierro, Hailey Jones, Lianna Bailey and Rina Tatematsu in the Cowgirl lineup. Freshman Angelica Pfefferkorn will compete in the event as an individual.
Fierro is coming off a solid first two starts of her sophomore season finishing second at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in the Cowgirls last event. Despite everything happening in the world this year, Fierro has been able to start up right where she left last season.
“I think with everything that is going on with COVID and everything worldwide right now, I think having a positive attitude and mental toughness and not just on the golf course, but in everything that I am doing,” Fierro said. “It’s been a blessing and an adventure for me to face it everyday with that mentality it makes everyday a little bit easier just full of enjoyment.”
However, this tournament is special for other reasons, as Fierro, who is from Mexico, has her mother and sister in town for the event. This will be the first time her family has seen her compete in a collegiate event.
“It’s amazing, even though my little brother and my dad couldn’t make it, they’re always with me, but my sister and my mom are,” Fierro said. “It’s going to be fun because they are actually going to see what it is to have a college event because they used to watch me play before college and of course my mentality and everything changed so much, but I am really excited to see how it is how I get along with my coaches on the golf course and my teammates.
"Of course, the weather here, they were kind of worried about it and I was like, ‘This is normal.’ But I am really pumped.”