Cowgirls Advance To NCAA Championship

COLUMBUS, Ind. — For the 10th consecutive year, Oklahoma State’s women’s golf team will play in the Championship after advancing through the Central Regional with a fifth-place finish on Saturday at Otter Creek Golf Club.

The Cowgirls closed play at the par-72, 6,417-yard layout with a 324 team score to finish with a 54-hole tally of 937. Their 73-over total was two shots ahead of Florida State and Oregon and just one shot behind New Mexico for fourth place. Southern California finished atop the leaderboard at 907 and was followed by runner-up Arizona State at 915 and Purdue at 931. Kent State finished eighth at 940 to grab the final qualifying spot.

Kent State’s Martina Gavier used a 72 during her final round to move from third into first place at 219. Her 3-over total put her two shots clear of the field.

Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora and Denver’s Kimberly Kim earned the two individual qualifier spots.

A pair of Cowgirls earned top-five finishes with Caroline Hedwall and Victoria Park tying Purdue’s Thea Hoffmeister for fourth place at 226.

Hedwall, the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, posted a 76 during her final round, while Park closed with an 80 to get to her 10-over total.

For Hedwall, the finish extended her string of consecutive top-four showings to seven. The sophomore has not finished outside the top four during the spring season and has won three times during that stretch.

A freshman from Irvine, Calif., Park wrapped up her second-straight top five after finishing third at the Big 12 Championship in her last start.

Freshman Hillary Wood’s closing 82 gave her a 242 total and tied her for 68th place.

Freshman Courtney McKim posted an 86 to finish one shot behind her classmate at 243 and tied for 70th.

Freshman Eyglo Oskarsdottir rounded out the lineup with an 87 to finish tied for 106th place at 259.

The Cowgirls will be back in action on May 18 when they travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the Championship at the Country Club of Landfall.

Updated 05-09-2010

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