New year, new coach and a new young team: Women’s golf preview

Greg Robertson

Courtesy of OSU Athletics

Last season was rough for the Oklahoma State women's golf team.

After finishing the season with only one tournament win and only two other top-10 finishes in the regular season the Cowgirls finished their year with a sixth place finish in the Big 12 Championship. After which OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder announced Courtney Jones would no longer be the coach of the Cowgirls.

After a short coaching search former Cowboy golfer Greg Robertson was named the next head coach. Robertson was on the 1995 NCAA Championship team with Cowboys head coach Alan Bratton and a part of the 1996 Big Eight championship team. 

Robertson comes to Stillwater after six seasons as the coach at Kent State. Robertson made a big splash with the Kent State program. His team won 27 tournaments, six MAC titles, he coached four WGCA All-Americans, six MAC Golfers of the Year and five conference medalists. His Kent State teams played in the last three NCAA tournaments including two match plays appearances. 

Holder spoke highly of the hire in a press release to the fan base. Holder said he is excited for what the future holds under Robertson.

“I couldn’t be happier for our current players, recruits and future students,” Holder said. “We’re blessed that he’s accepted the challenge of leading our women’s program and I’m expecting him to do great things.”

Robertson said he is excited to be back in Stillwater. 

“Oklahoma State is a very special place to me, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be coming back to Stillwater," Robertson said. "If there's one place that I would call my 'dream job,' this would be it. I can't wait to get started with the team and working towards winning a national championship. A lot of great things are happening with Oklahoma State athletics, and I'm proud to be part of it."

Robertson has already made an impact on the Cowgirls this season. The team won its first tournament of the fall season six strokes ahead of second place Texas Tech. In their four fall tournaments the Cowgirls already have more top-10 finishes than they did all of last season. 

The Cowgirls bring in a young and talented class for this season. The Cowgirls bring in five freshmen to pair with four sophomores, a junior and a senior. The freshmen class is led by Isabella Fierro.

Fierro, from Merida, Mexico, won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic with a score of 15-under-par. Fierro was also invited to compete in the Mexican Women’s Amateur where she finished second place. 

Fierro is the No. 11 International player in the Palmer Cup rankings and was named to the ANNIKA Award watch list, which is the award given to the best female collegiate golfer.

Robertson said her ability to come in and make an immediate impact on the team is crucial.

“I think anytime you get any of the players that come in and can step up and win a tournament and shoot 15-under, like she did, it helps raise the level of everyone else,” Robertson said. “It also helps those three, four, five players knowing that you have a player like that who is a top player in the world playing in front of you.”

Through four events in the fall season, she has a 70.07 stroke average. That average is the seventh-best nationally and if held onto could be the best in school history. She is the No. 13 ranked individual and the No.7 ranked freshman according to Golfstat. 

Maja Stark, from Abbekas, Sweden, is a world top-50 amateur and will be joining the Cowgirls in time for this season. In April, Stark advanced to the final round of the first Augusta National Women’s Amateur, a tournament of the top-72 women amateurs in the world, where she competed alongside of Fierro at the world famous Augusta National Golf Club. 

Robertson has high expectations for Stark this season. He said he believes she could be the most talented golfer on the team. 

“I just want to see her get adjusted as quickly as possible,” Robertson said. “I just want to see her get adjusted to school, get adjusted with college golf and kind of our system. She comes from the Swedish Golf Federation, which they have their way of doing things which is fairly close to how we do it. She’s going to have to make some adjustments while she’s here. From a golf standpoint she’s as talented as we have and that includes Isabella (Fierro). There’s no reason that she can’t be one of the top players in college golf by the end of this year.”

After a stellar fall season the Cowgirls will enter the spring slate at No. 14 making them one of only three ranked Big 12 teams. Texas is ranked as the best women’s team to begin the season and Baylor comes in at No. 25. After Baylor only one other Big 12 team is ranked inside of the top-30 with Texas Tech coming in at No. 29. 

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