By NewsPress Staff
AUBURN, Ala. —
Oklahoma State’s women’s golf team closed with its second consecutive 287 on Saturday at the NCAA East Regional to finish in a tie for third place at Auburn University Club. With the finish, the Cowgirls advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2010.
The 1-under closing round gave OSU a 54-hole total of 864 at the par-72, 6,259-yard layout. The Cowgirls finished tied for third place at even par with Arkansas. Tulane finished second at 12-under 852, while Alabama cruised to an eight-shot victory after finishing at 844.
Also advancing were Texas, Northwestern, UCLA and Auburn. Princeton’s Kelly Shon and Tennessee’s Erica Popson grabbed the regional’s two individual qualifying spots.
The Cowgirls’ finish was their best in the event since winning the West Regional in 2007 and marked their 11th top-five showing all time in regional action.
Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow finished off a six-shot victory, closing with a 69 to finish at 13-under 203.
OSU’s Julie Yang earned a top 10 after firing her low round of the event. The freshman carded a 69 during her third round to finish at 4-under 212 and climbed eight spots into seventh place. Yang birdied two of her first three holes and played bogey-free golf on her outward nine to post a 3-under 33.
After her lone bogey of the day on her 10th hole, she moved back to 3-under for the day with a birdie three holes later and closed her round with five consecutive pars.
Kelsey Vines continued her ascent up the leaderboard with her second consecutive round under par. The senior posted a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for 18th place at 216.
Junior Jayde Panos tied for 26th place with a 218 total after carding her second 73 in a row.
Junior Lauren Falley’s closing 74 tied her for 39th place at 222, while classmate Josephine Janson tied for 44th place at 223 after signing for a 74 as well.
The Cowgirls will travel to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.