LAWRENCE, Kan. – Texas A&M junior Mary Michael Maggio shot the low round of the day on Sunday to capture the individual title in the 2012 Big 12 Championship at the Lawrence Country Club.
Maggio’s scores improved with each round as the she fired a 77 on the first day, a 73 on the second, and a score of 69 in the final round that gave her a one-stroke advantage over her nearest pursuers. She was one of only two players in the field to break par at the event.
“I’m very proud of Trip and her patience this week,” A&M head coach Trelle McCombs said. “She did a tremendous job of not getting ahead of herself and taking care of the things she could take care of.”
In her first tournament win of the season, Maggio recorded six birdies, including three on Sunday. She is the fourth A&M player to win the Big 12 crown and the first since Ashley Freeman in 2009. Ashley Knoll won the Big 12 title in 2006 and Isabelle Rosberg in 1998.
“It’s a great feeling,” Maggio said. “It’s been a process to get to this point and definitely one that I haven’t taken alone. This is just as much a team effort as an individual one. The conditions were very tough. Overall, I just stayed extremely patient and trusted my game plan which was key.”
Inclement weather and persistent rain caused a 9 a.m. shotgun start to the day and play was interrupted with a delay of over of an hour. Nonetheless, the Aggies turned in their lowest round of the tournament Sunday and finished sixth as a team with 921 (318-304-299).
Oklahoma clinched the Big 12 Championship crown with a three-round total of 904 (+64). Texas was in eighth place after the first round, but charged to a second-place finish with a score of 911. Baylor finished third with 912, while Oklahoma State (913) and Iowa State (913) tied for fourth. Trailing A&M was Texas Tech (924), Kansas State (932), Missouri (949) and Kansas (951).
The Aggies had two individuals finish in the top 10 as sophomore Katerina Ruzickova tied for eighth with 226 (76-78-72). It was her second straight year to finish in the top 10 at Big 12s.
Ruzickova and Maggio earned a spot on the All-Tournament team, picked by virtue of top 10 finishes.
Freshman Patricia Garcia tied for 26th with 234 (79-79-76), sophomore Natalie Reeves finished 43rd with 244 (86-76-82) and junior Sarah Beth Davis tied for 47th with 246 (86-77-83).
Texas A&M now turns to the NCAA Regional selections. The 72-team field is announced on Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. (CT ) on NCAA.com. Regionals are Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 at three sites. The 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championship is set for Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25, at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
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