By Jason Elmquist
AMES, Iowa —
Oklahoma State moved ahead of its top competition during the second day of the Big 12 Conference Championship in Ames, Iowa. Thing is, the Cowgirls still find themselves a stroke behind heading into Sunday’s final round at The Harvester.
Baylor and Iowa State each broke under par on another cold day at the championship, with the Bears moving to 29-over to hold first while Oklahoma State is tied with Iowa State at 30-over. While Baylor and the Cyclones came away at 2-under, the Cowgirls were at plus-1 for the day — which had better conditions than Friday’s extremes with 30 mph gusts.
“It was way better conditions and we knew it would be going in — we knew they’d be right conditions for scoring and it was a good day for scoring,” OSU coach Alan Bratton said. “We played a solid round. We had a good chance for a really good round, but gave a few back on the back nine. But overall, it was a really good day and we have all five girls playing well — which is what you want.”
Oklahoma State’s freshman phenom Julie Yang still finds herself in the top three after shooting even-par 72. She stands at plus-4 and six shots off the lead of Baylor’s Lauren Taylor.
The Cowgirls have two other golfers situated in the top 10 heading into the final 18 holes. Kelsey Vines and Josephine Janson each shot even-par as Vines held pat at 7-over and is in a tie for seventh, while Janson stands at 8-over in 10th.
Jayde Panos moved up to a tie for 21st despite shooting a 1-over, 73, while Lauren Falley crept up to a tie for 29th with the same mark as Panos on Saturday.
Sunday’s final round is set to tee off at 8 a.m. Yang will be in the final group with Taylor and Iowa State’s Punpaka Phuntumabamrung — which is slated to tee off at 10:20 a.m.
“If somebody can get it going, we need them to get it going and keep it going — don’t start looking for the house on your way in. But I like our position and I like where the girls’ games are,” Bratton said. “It’s what you want, to go into the last day with a chance.”