HOCKLEY, Texas. – For the fourth time in the last five Big 12 Championships, the No. 13 Texas Women’s Golf squad won the conference title. The Longhorns took the team lead in round two on Saturday and never relinquished it, shooting a 54-hole score of 24-over-par 876 (291-287-298) over three days at The Clubs at Houston Oaks to claim the Big 12 crown. The team victory was the first of the season for UT as they held off No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Baylor on Sunday by finishing the final day with a 14-over-par 298. Freshman Bohyun Park led the Longhorns, tying for third place with a four-over-par 217 (72-70-75) in her first career Big 12 Championship. Senior Sara Kouskova was sixth at five-over-par 218 (71-74-73), while sophomore Bentley Cotton was tied for 11th at nine-over-par 222 (74-71-77). Park and Kouskova both earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors.
“I’m proud of this team. This was a long time coming and they deserve it,” said Head Coach Ryan Murphy. “They have worked hard through the season and maintained their focus to be ready for this championship. It was truly a team effort with contributions from each player, and we needed every bit of it.”
“Bo and Sara, they handled a very difficult golf course in difficult winds to finish third and sixth individually. Those were both very strong showings.”
The Longhorns have now won seven Big 12 Championships and 17 conference championships in program history. This was head coach Ryan Murphy‘s fourth Big 12 title in seven tournament appearances leading the Longhorn Women’s Golf team. Murphy led the Longhorns to a UT-best three-straight Big 12 titles from 2017-19 before the 2020 event was canceled due to Covid-19. Texas was fifth at last year’s conference championship.
Playing in her first Big 12 Championship, Park was in contention for the individual title for most of the event. She played one-under-par, bogey free golf through the first six holes of the final round, but came up just two strokes short of earning individual medalist honors. Park finished the tourney in tie for third and now has five top-15 and three top-five finishes this season. She also claimed Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors.
The final round of 73 from Kouskova tied junior Sophie Guo for the low round by a Longhorn on the day. Kouskova played a consistent round that included one birdie and 14 pars. The sixth-place finish from the senior marks her fourth top-10 finish on the season, and was her second career top-six finish at the Big 12 Championships. Kouscova tied for second as a freshman at the 2019 conference championship and the sixth-place finish in 2022 earned her Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors for the second time in her career. Cotton was the final Longhorn to finish in the top-15, tying for 11th and giving her a total of four finishes in the top-15 this season. Guo scored a one-over-par 72 on Saturday and two-over-par 73 on Sunday to finish 27th at 14-over par 227 (82-72-73), improving 15 spots in the individual standings from Friday’s opening round. Brigitte Thibault was the Longhorns final scorer with a tie for 32nd-place at 17-over-par 230 (74-74-82).
“Getting this championship is nice, obviously, but I’m also hopeful that this is a turning point, a spark that this team needs,” Murphy added. “We are a great team and capable of some special things this postseason.”
In addition to the Longhorns (No. 13 in the latest WGCA Coaches Poll, released on April 15, 2022), the nine-team Big 12 Championship field includes: No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Baylor, No. 21 Texas Tech , Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU.
No. 13 Texas won the tournament by three strokes over No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Baylor, who tied for second at 27-over-par 879.
Oklahoma State’s Lianna Bailey captured individual medalist honors with 54-hole total of two-over-par (70-68-77). Addie Baggarly of Baylor claimed second at three-over-par 216 (69-77-70). A group of three players finished tied for third, including Park who was just two strokes back of the winner at four-over-par 217.
Texas will continue its postseason journey in the NCAA Regionals from May 9-11. The NCAA selection show will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00 pm CT on the Golf Channel.
- Freshman Bohyun Park shot a four-over-par 75 on the final round to finish tied for third in the individual standings at four-over-par 217 (72-70-75). Park registered posted two birdies (No. 2, par-4; No. 11, par-5) on the day.
- Senior Sara Kouskova fired a two-over-par 73 to finish in sixth at five-over-par 218 (71-74-73). Kouskova recorded one birdie (No. 8, par-5) during the final round.
- Sophomore Bentley Cotton carded a six-over-par 77 to finish tied for 11th at nine-over-par 222 (74-71-77). Cotton tallied two birdies (No. 1, par-4; No. 10, par-4) on Sunday.
- Junior Sophie Guo scored a two-over-par 73 to finish in 27th at 14-over-par 227 (82-72-73). Guo posted two birdies (No. 1, par-4; No. 14, par-4) during the final round.
- Graduate Brigitte Thibault posted at 11-over-par 82 to finish tied for 32nd at 17-over-par 230 (74-74-82). Thibault registered one birdie (No. 12, par-4) on the day.