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Swinging for a breakthrough: Cowgirl golf looking to win OSU’s first women’s title

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Maja Stark hits her ball down the fairway at Day 1 of the Cowgirl Classic at Karsten Creek on October 22, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Hanging rafters of Oklahoma State’s Gallagher Iba Arena are banners for all 52 NCAA National Championships in school history, but something’s missing from those banners.

A women’s title.

OSU has had good women’s teams in all sports on campus over the years, but none of them have been able to capture the elusive championship.

“You look up into Gallagher Iba and see all those banners able to put one up there that says women’s golf or have a women’s sport up there would obviously be something incredible,” OSU women’s golf coach Greg Robertson said.

Now in 2021, the OSU women’s golf team is trying to change that, and they’re on a good path to do so.

“I think everyone here wants to win a National Championship,” Cowgirl star Maja Stark said. “I think it would be really cool if we were the first women’s team at the school to win an NCAA Championship. We all have it in our minds.”

The Cowgirls are on a tear in the midst of their 2021 season. They clinched a NCAA Championship berth and clinched a match play appearance for the first time in program history.

“Just to see this group right now, they’re working hard, they’re a talented group,” Robertson said. “I know it sounds cliche, but we just have to keep taking it one step at a time. If we do all those little things, all that other stuff will fall into place.

Robertson, since taking over, has completely turned around the program. Before Robertson took over the Cowgirls had not had a multi-win season since 2015-16. In the seven seasons prior to Robertson the Cowgirls won just ten total events. Robertson has led the Cowgirls to four in just two seasons, with his first season being cut short due to COVID-19.

A National Championship win would be more to him than just the first women’s title in school history. It would mark how far the program has come, and would be his second repping the orange and black as he was a part of the 1995 NCAA Championship team at OSU.

“To win a NCAA Championship you have to have a talented team, No. 1, you have to be peaking at the right time and you have to have some things fall your way,” Robertson said. “If you take care of all the things you can control, your attitude, your work and preparation that’s when special things start to happen.”