By Jason Elmquist
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The No. 4-ranked Oklahoma women's golf team got revenge on No. 16 Oklahoma State Saturday at Karsten Creek in the second annual Bedlam Cup.
The Cowgirls — which nipped OU in last year's Bedlam Cup in Norman and won the past two tournaments both team competed in, including the Big 12 Conference Championship — got out to an early lead after the morning foursomes, but failed to win a single match in the afternoon to fall 8-3.
"I saw a lot of good stuff from our kids today, obviously OU just put on a nice performance and gave us a good butt kicking," OSU coach Alan Bratton said. "It's never any fun to lose, but I think there was tons of positives from today — a lot of pressure putts that were made and quality shots under pressure."
The biggest highlight for the Cowgirl team came in the alternate shot session in the morning, in which junior Amy Ruengmateekhun and Julie Yang rallied from two down heading into the final three holes to come away with a 1-up victory to earn OSU its second point of the day.
"To know that you can come-from-behind like that, that's important and that's something that will pay off down the road," Bratton said. "That's something that will pay off down the road — something good to have in their memory bank, and can draw on in postseason."
The rally didn't come easy for the duo, either. On the par 5 18th, an errant tee shot over the lake landed in some trees and took a solid strike from Yang to get back into the fairway. The next shot landed in the front-side bunker, as did OU's third shot to keep the teams close.
Then Yang pulled out another spectacular shot that landed within a foot of the hole and the OU duo of Anne-Catherine Tanguay and Jacki Marshall was unable to match OSU's mark.
"That bunker shot was the best shot I've hit in a very long time," Yang said. "I was actually kind of shaking a little bit after finishing up because it was such a good shot. I didn't know if I'd be able to focus on the next round because I was just so shaken."
Yang and the Cowgirls appeared to ride that momentum into the afternoon with some solid starts in the single matches, but the par 5 9th proved to be special for the Sooners — with two chip-ins for birdie, as well as a putt from the fringe dropping for a birdie.
Yang's opponent Chirapat Jao-Javanil was the one to putt in from the fringe, which cut into the OSU freshman's lead — which had been 3-up for much of the day. It sparked the Sooner junior, who continued to catch Yang and eventually took a lead on the back nine.
"She got her putting feel back, it looked like, on 9. Once she gets putts to roll in, she just keeps going with it," Yang said. "That seems to be how she is, so I knew I had to focus and sharpen up a bit because I knew she'd have a big back nine after making that putt."
The Oklahoma State freshman responded, however, and ended up halving the match.
"She's just really good. It's fun to watch her and just fun to watch her step up in this kind of setting," Bratton said of Yang. "... It was just good entertainment for the people who were out here, getting to watch two of the better golfers in college golf."
It would be one of just two matches the Cowgirls would not lose of the eight singles matches. The other was also a halve, with OSU junior Lauren Falley watching a 2-up advantage slip away when the overall match was already decided in OU's favor.
While the Cowgirls were in contention in several matches to the end, Oklahoma's play just proved to be too much for Oklahoma State in the singles matches. Emily Collins topped OSU's Jayde Panos, 8-and-7, thanks to a blistering round — having shot 5-under through the first 10 holes of the championship-caliber course which will host a NCAA women's regional tournament in 2014.
"That's tough to beat. I think she was 5-under through 10, which at Karsten Creek is really good," Bratton said. "You don't see a lot of people do that very often, so credit Emily Collins for that and credit OU. They just played well today."
As for this year's postseason, the Cowgirls will find out this week where they will be headed for NCAA regional action, which is scheduled for May 9-11 with NCAA Championship being May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.