Women's Golf preview: Big 12 Championship
April 21, 2011
UP NEXT: The Texas Women’s Golf team will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the 54-hole Big 12 Championship beginning on Friday, April 22. The Club at Old Hawthorne (par-72, 6,204-yards) will host the three-day tourney.
FORMAT: UT earned the No. 2 seed and will be paired with top-seeded Iowa State and No. 3 seed Oklahoma in Friday’s opening round. The Longhorns will begin first-round action off of the first tee beginning at 8 a.m. Central. For days two and three, the low three teams will be paired together while the remaining nine teams will be paired in threesomes according to their finish in the previous rounds. When play begins off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees, start times shall be made in a horseshoe arrangement according to the previous day's finish.
LIVE SCORING: Fans can follow the Longhorns in action online at http://www.golfstat.com.
TEXAS LINEUP: Sophomore Madison Pressel will compete in the Longhorns’ No. 1 position for the second-consecutive year at the Big 12 Championship. Junior Nicole Vandermade is making her third appearance in the tournament and playing in the second spot. Freshman Rebecca Lee-Bentham is slated No. 3, while sophomores Haley Stephens and Katelyn Sepmoree round out the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
LINEUP AND SCORING AVERAGES (rounds played):
TEXAS VS. BIG 12: The Longhorns are 9-1-1 in head-to-head competition versus Big 12 foes this year.
LAST TIME OUT: Fueled by a pair of top-10 finishes from sophomore Madison Pressel and junior Nicole Vandermade, the Texas Women’s Golf team finished in fourth place at the PING/ASU Invitational (April 1-3) at 16-over 880 (286-287-307). Pressel (69-70-77) finished tied for fourth place at even-par 216 on the Karsten G.C. and Vandermade’s 54-hole score of 217 (72-70-75) was good for a share of sixth place. Vandermade carded UT’s low round of the day with a 3-over 75. She made the turn at 2-over after making bogey on the second hole, double on the fourth and a birdie on the fifth. Vandermade made a pair of bogeys on the back nine and her second subpar of the round on the 15th hole. Pressel entered Sunday’s finale with a share of the 36-hole lead at 5-under. Her final round included three birdies, four bogeys and two double bogeys to drop three places on the final leaderboard.
LAST YEAR AT THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: The University of Texas Women’s Golf team (302-297-306=905, +41) captured third place at the Big 12 Championship (April 23-25, 2010) with a 41-over-par 905. Senior Shannon Fish (75-72-78) recorded the Longhorns’ top finish with a 9-over 225 to tie for 11th place at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Nicole Vandermade (75-77-74=226, +10) carded the final-round low score for UT. Vandermade was even through 16 holes of play with four birdies and as many bogeys, but additional bogeys on her final two holes pushed her to 2-over on the day. She finished her second Big 12 Championship tied for 15th place.
Texas All-Time Results in the Big 12 Championship:
Vandermade, Pressel and Stephens’ All-Time Results in the Big 12 Championship: