Record-setting performance nets OSU Cowgirls Big 12 title
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls ran away with its 24th Big 12 Conference title on Tuesday, earning a 16-stroke victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday at The Club of Carlton Woods.
Out to set records and take names, there was nothing small about the Cowgirls’ 54-hole performance at the Big 12 Championship.
Sophomore Maja Stark, who finished tied for 10th at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur earlier this month, set the pace for the Cowgirls. After opening with a pair of 69s, Stark saved her best for last, making six birdies over her last nine holes on Tuesday en route to a final round 66 and a 12-under score of 204, just two strokes behind medalist Gala Dumex of Texas Tech.
Isabella Fierro, who carded a 65 in the second round to earn a share of the 36-hole lead, finished with a 2-over 74 and dropped into a tie for sixth place.
“Hard work pays off, so proud of my girls, we fought out there and kept our heads high no matter what,” Fierro said in an Instagram post.
Freshman Rina Tatematsu joined Stark and Fierro in the top-10, carding rounds of 70-69-71 to finish in eighth place.
The Cowgirls may have had the largest presence at the top of the leaderboard, but it was a Red Raider who claimed Big 12 medalist honors.
Dumez, a redshirt freshman from Bourdeax, France, strung together rounds of 69-66-67 to earn a two-shot victory over Stark (-12) while Gurleen Kaur of Baylor was three back at -11. Her final 14-under score of 202 set a conference tournament record.
Dumez made six birdies on her first nine holes and added her seventh of the day on 17 to become the first Texas Tech player to earn medalist honors at the Big 12 Championships. Her first collegiate victory also led the Red Raiders to their best-ever finish at the Big 12 Championships.
ABOUT THE Big 12 Women's Championship
54-hole women's championship of the Big 12
Conference. Team (best four scores out of five
each round) and individual competitions.
View Complete Tournament Information