Vandermade finishes tied for 10th place in Big 12 Women's Golf Championship debut
April 26, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Freshman Nicole Vandermade (80-77-75) fired a 2-over-par 75 in the final round of the Big 12 Championship to lead The University of Texas with a tie for 10th place at 13-over 232 and to also earn All-Tournament Team honors for her effort. As a team, the Longhorns (321-308-317=946, +70) finished the league championship in sixth place.
Vandermade began her final round with a bogey on the 10th hole - her first of the day on the par-73, 6,564-yard The Rawls Course - and dropped to 2-over with a subsequent bogey on the 16th hole. Her first of two birdie opportunities came on the par-5, 522-yard 17th hole when she tapped in for birdie. Three holes later, Vandermade carded her second birdie after missing a 40-foot eagle putt by inches and climbed back to even par with another tap in. Bogeys on the third and final holes resulted in the 2-over scorecard.
Vandermade steadily improved her performance in each round of her Big 12 Championship debut after opening with a 7-over 80 in Friday's first round. She finished the second round at 4-over 77, but saved her best performance for Sunday's finale. Additionally, Vandermade and Oklahoma State's Caroline Masson shared Sunday's co-field low score at 2-over. Vandermade has been UT's top finisher in four events throughout the 2008-09 season, including the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Classic.
Senior Kelley Louth (77-81-81=239, +20) closed the event with back-to-back 81s for a 54-hole score of 239 that tied her for 31st place. Junior Shannon Fish (82-75-83=240, +21) finished one stroke behind Louth and tied for 34th, while seniors Kristin Walla (82-80-79=241, +22) and Caney Hines (84-76-82=242, +23) finished in ties for 38th and 41st places, respectively.
Oklahoma State (295-302-312=909, +22) emerged atop the team standings with a wire-to-wire victory. Texas A&M (304-299-319=922) finished 13 strokes back at 46-over for second place, while Oklahoma (315-306-318=939, +63) rounded out the top-three teams.
On playing in the postseason: When you get into the postseason, it all comes down to one simple thing - you've got to find a way to get it done. Heading into (NCAA) Regionals, you have to find a way to get it done. It's a shot here and a shot there, and if you're not careful, then you're not in the Top 24 when it counts for a national title.
On the play of freshman Nicole Vandermade: Nicole definitely put her game face on today. We had a good conversation last night, and she came out looking really focused and determined. She was swinging with authority.