STILLWATER, Okla. —
After two years away from the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, the No. 16 Oklahoma State Cowgirl golf program will take aim at the national tournament in Athens, Ga.
Oklahoma State will start Tuesday on No. 10 and be grouped with Florida and South Carolina. OSU's first golfer off will tee at 11:55 a.m., with the No. 1 golfer teeing off last at 12:39 p.m. The Cowgirls will start on No. 1 at 7:28 a.m. Wednesday.
"You can't do well at the national championship if you don't make it, so that's always the first step," said OSU coach Alan Bratton, who is in his second year as the coach after serving as an assistant in the men's program. "I'd never been to a regional and not made it until last year — so that was a new experience for me. And this group have never made it, so that's always a hurdle you have to get over and they handled themselves beautifully at the regional and played very well."
But because of the time away from the national championship, the Cowgirls go in with no experience at the national level — though Bratton isn't all too concerned about that.
"We've got girls who have played all over the world and they are very excited to be here and we're in a fortunate spot that while we believe we can do well, I don't think much of the rest of the country is talking much about Oklahoma State," Bratton said. "So we get to come in with the opportunity to maybe play with a little chip on our shoulder or at least you don't have the added pressure of people asking us about the expectations like some of the top seeds will have."