STILLWATER, Okla. – Freshman Sarah Zwartynski fired a one-over-par 73 on Saturday as No. 22-ranked Texas A&M solidified its hold on second place at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at Karsten Creek Golf club.
The Aggies posted a team score of 304, the second best score of the day behind No. 9 Oklahoma State’s 302 and 11 shots better than any other team in the field. With a 605 total on their home course, the Cowgirls lead the Aggies (315-304=619) by 14 strokes going into Sunday’s final round.
The two-time defending champions, A&M has trailed Oklahoma State going into the final round each of the last two seasons, overcoming a three-shot deficit in 2006 to win by 11 and a four-shot margin last year to win by five.
Missouri is a distant third at 636, followed by No. 21 Texas (640), Nebraska (643), Oklahoma (650), Texas Tech (652), Iowa State (657), Kansas (658), Kansas State (659), Colorado (673) and Baylor (682).
“We put some distance between ourselves and the rest of the field, but came up a little short of what we wanted to do today,” A&M Coach Trelle McCombs said. “We are not going to back down, though, and we are looking forward to tomorrow. Fourteen shots is not an insurmountable lead to overcome. The weather might get a little testy, which I think will be to our advantage because of the way we handle adversity.”
Zwartykski topped off her round, the best of the tournament through two days, with a birdie on the par-5 18th. She hit a wedge to within two-feet on her approach to shoot two-under on the back nine.
Zwartynski is in second place individually with a six-over total of 77-73=150 and trails OSU’s Jaclyn Sweeney (74-74=148) by two shots. A&M sophomore Danielle McVeigh is tied for fourth at 78-75=153.
“Sarah really played a solid round today,” McCombs said. “She had a couple of hiccups early with some three-putts, but kept the ball in play and made a lot of pars.”
A&M senior Miranda Orr (83-74=157) is tied for 10th, while junior Lauren Johnson (80-82=162) and sophomore Ashley Freeman (80-82=162) are tied for 20th.