Sophomore Madison Pressel fired an eight-under cumulative score of 208 to lead the Texas Longhorns women’s golf team to its first Big 12 championship since 2004 and its third team title overall.
The 19-year-old Pressel, who comes from good golf pedigree, shot a championship record 66 in the second round on Saturday after firing a one-under 71 on the opening day. She finished with a 71 on Sunday to capture individual medalist honors for the tournament and set another championship record with her eight-under total score for three rounds. Pressel’s older sister Morgan is currently on the LPGA pro tour.
Defending champion Texas A&M finished second, three shots behind the winning Longhorns. The Aggies finished with a total score of 11-over-par 875 over the Par 72, 6,234-yard course at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo. A&M was led by Josephine Janson, who tied Oklahoma State’s Katerina Ruzickova for second on the individual leader board with a three-under score of 213, and Sarah Swartynski, who was eighth at 216, including a final-round 68.
The Aggies have finished in the top three in every conference championship since 2006.
Missouri, playing on its home course, came in third in the championship with a total score of 880, five behind Texas A&M. Iowa State was fourth at 882 and Oklahoma finished fifth at 888. Texas Tech, the leader after the first day, ended sixth, one stroke behind Oklahoma.
Pressel had an eagle in each of the three rounds and recorded 10 birdies over the three days of action, including five on Day 2. Pressel’s teammate Nicole Vandermade also scored an eagle in the final round. Texas came into the championship with just one eagle on the season, and that came from a golfer who was not in the Longhorns four-golfer lineup for the conference tourney.
By winning the Big 12 Championship, Texas earns an automatic spot in the NCAA regionals May 4-7. The complete 72-team regional field will be announced later today.
Final Team Results
Texas – 296-287-289=872
Texas A&M – 298-290-287=875
Missouri – 297-291-292=880
Iowa State – 300-285-297=882
Oklahoma – 298-293-297=888
Texas Tech – 294-296-299=889
Oklahoma State – 302-297-295=891
Baylor – 301-294-305=900
Colorado – 302-297-304=903
Nebraska – 297-298-314=909
Kansas – 302-305-301=911
Kansas State – 309-303-304=916
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