Oklahoma State has been known for its men’s golf program for some time, but the women’s golf team is on the rise once again thanks to a talented freshman class and new coach Greg Robertson.
The Cowgirls have two of the top duos in the country with Isabella Fierro and Maja Stark. Fierro won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic in the fall and Stark won the Hurricane Invitational in the Cowgirls’ third event.
Expectations for the Cowgirls were just to improve from last season, but they have quickly risen to one of the top teams in the country. The Cowgirls have two fourth place finishes and a seventh place finish on the season.
Here are my thoughts from the first half of the spring season:
Can the Cowgirls make a run in the NCAA tournament with the youth they have?
They could, but it just depends on how the girls can handle the pressure of the big time tournaments. So far on the season, the three freshman in the Cowgirl lineup have played well, but their lack of college experience has shown in certain rounds.
Lianna Bailey’s injury could hurt the Cowgirls long term.
Lianna Bailey, a sophomore, came out and quickly showed that she could be a leader on a team that lacked older leadership. The Cowgirls only have two upper-classman on roster: a junior and a senior. With Michelle Forsland, a senior, out to start the year someone had to step up. Bailey did just that, but now she is out with a back injury for an unknown amount of time. Luckily, Forsland is beginning to get back to healthy. She travelled to the Cowgirls last tournament, but struggled. If someone else besides Stark or Fierro doesn’t step up, the Cowgirls could slip a little down the stretch.
This team has all the makings to be a powerhouse for the next couple of years.
With Fierro ranked in the top 20 in the collegiate golf rankings, Stark ranked as the No. 9 amateur in the world, according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings and a talented sophomore group this team can go on to run the tables as they get older. Robertson has plenty of history of running high profile programs back when he was with Kent State. This year the Cowgirls can make a push, but the next couple of years after this season they could be dominant.