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Weighing options: Stark could turn pro after 2021 season, no decision has been reached

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Maja Stark

Maja Stark

Maja Stark stepped off the 17th green after falling 2 & 1 to Ole Miss’ Kennedy Swann in the National Championship match Thursday.

It could be Stark’s final time to compete in the Cowgirl polo. Stark has professional potential and options if she chooses.

She earned All-American honors in 2021, was ranked the No. 4 collegiate individual by and No. 7 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Stark finished tied for 12th in the NCAA Championship, the lowest standing finish of her 2021 spring season. In her collegiate career, Stark has three wins, two in 2021 and six top 10 finishes.

She has 11 top 15 finishes and never finished lower than tied for 16th in a collegiate event. Stark shot over par in just three career events. 

Coach Greg Robertson said Stark hasn’t made a decision as far as he knows. He said they’ll have those conversations soon, but understands this is a big choice.

“I think the first stage of (Qualifying School) is in August, so as of now she hasn’t said she’s going to, obviously that could change,” Robertson said. “With the success she’s had in college golf, I suppose that is an option for her. We’ll see over the next couple of weeks what she’s thinking.”

Her teammate and fellow sophomore Isabella Fierro hopes her teammate returns to Stillwater next season for another run at the elusive women’s championship.

“I love Maja so much,” Fierro said. “She’s so mature and I look up to her every single day. The fact of thinking she might go pro almost makes me cry because I’m like, ‘Don’t leave us please. You’re a big part of our team.’

“Having her is a blessing.”

Stark was not available after the National Championship.