STILLWATER, Okla. -- The No. 22-ranked Texas A&M women's golf team battled through high winds to open with a 315 on Friday and is in second place after the first round of the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
The two-time defending champion Aggies trail No. 9 Oklahoma State (303) by 12 strokes going into Saturday's second round. The final round is Sunday.
With winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour, high scores were abundant as only 12 of the 60 players in the field broke 80.
Behind the Aggies in the team standings are Missouri (317), No. 21 Texas (321), Nebraska (326), Iowa State (331), Kansas (333), Texas Tech (334), Kansas State (335), Oklahoma (335), Baylor (344) and Colorado (351).
Oklahoma State's Jaclyn Sweeney leads the individual standings by one shot after firing a two-over-par 74. A&M Freshman Sarah Zwartynski is tied for fourth after a 77, just three strokes off the pace.
Sophomore Danielle McVeigh carded a 78 and is tied for eighth, sophomore Ashley Freeman and junior Lauren Johnson each posted an 80 and are tied for 13th. Senior Miranda Orr had an 83 and is tied for 28th.
"It was really windy today and the scores were high, but we fought hard and kept our heads up," A&M Coach Trelle McCombs said. "I'd rather be the chaser than the chasee, so we feel good about our position right now. Like the old saying goes, it's a marathon not a sprint. Our team did a great job of staying patient, which you have to do under these conditions."
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