Well. 13/14/15 Women’s Golf preview: Big 12 Championship

When: Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24

Schedule of Play: Three rounds of stroke play; 18 holes each day

Where: The Clubs at Houston Oaks (Hockley, TX)

Course Info: Par-71; 6,249 yards

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Tournament Notes

The Field: In addition to the Longhorns (No. 13 in the latest WGCA Coaches Poll, released on April 15, 2022), the nine-team Big 12 Championship field includes: 6 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Baylor, no. 21 Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU.

In the opening round, UT will be paired with No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Baylor with play beginning at 8 am CT on hole one.

Day One Pairings and Start Times
8 am – No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Texas, no. 15 Baylor
9 am – No. 21 Texas Tech, TCU, Iowa State
10 am – Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State

Last Time at the Big 12 Championship: Winners of three-straight Big 12 Championships from 2017-19 before the COVID-19 cancellation of the 2020 event, Texas finished fifth at last year’s conference Championship. Current Longhorn Sara Kouskova finished tied for 12th in the individual standings last year, shooting a three-under-par 213 (70-71-72).

Ryan Murphy and the Longhorns at Big 12 Championship: In his eighth season leading the Longhorns Women’s Golf program, this will be the seventh Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship event for Ryan Murphy. He led the Horns to three-straight Big 12 titles for the first time in program history from 2017-19 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in each of those seasons. He also led Texas to a second-place finish at the 2016 Big 12 Championship.

Texas at the Big 12 Championship / Conference Championships: Texas has won 16 total conference championships in program history. The Longhorns have won six Big 12 Conference Championships, beginning with the league’s first-ever title in 1997. UT also won the 2004 and 2011 conference crowns before sweeping the league titles in 2017-19. Prior to the Big 12 Championship play beginning in 1997, Texas won the 10 Southwest Conference Championships from 1983-96.

Polling: In addition to the latest WGCA Poll (released April 15), where Texas ranked No. 13, the Longhorns also rank 14th in the most recent Golfstat Poll (released April 19) and 15th in the latest Golfweek Poll (released April 18).

For Texas: UT will be represented by the following five players at The Big 12 Championship:

Inside the Texas Squad

Bentley CottonSophomore, Austin, Texas: Well. 109 in the latest Golfstat individual rankings (released April 21) and No. 217 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings (April 21)… registered a Collegiate-best fourth place finish at The Bruzzy (April 11-12) at seven-under-par 209 (75-68-66), giving her a total of four top-20 and two top-10 finishes on the 2021-22 season… set her Collegiate-best 18-hole score at six-under-par 66 during the third round of The Bruzzy, which is tied for eighth all-time for lowest 18-hole scores by a longhorn… the final round of 66 also ties Kouskova for the lowest round by a longhorn on the 2021-22 season… her final round of six-under-par Ranks tied for sixth in the UT record books for an 18-hole score relative to par… finished tied for 18th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (March 13-15)… placed tied for sixth-place finish at the Lamkin Invitational (Feb. 15) at three-over-par 219 ( 72-70-77)… finished in 14th-place finish in the Windy City Classic (Oct. 5)… set her then Collegiate-best 18-hole score of three-under-par 68 in the second round of Stanford I ntercollegiate (Oct. 16)… four top-25 individual finishes in seven tournament Appearances in the 2020-21 season… placed 17th at the East Lake Cup and tied for 18th at the Trinity Forest Invitational.

Sophie GuoJunior, Orlando, Florida (GWOH): Well. 159 in the latest Golfstat individual player rankings and No. 72 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings… registered two rounds at par or better at The Bruzzy, including an even-par 72 in the opening round and a two-under-par 70 in the final round… placed in the top-25 for the second time on the 2021-22 season at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic with a tied for 23rd place finish (March 25-27)… registered her fifth round at par or better on the season with an even-par 72 during the final round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic… tied her season-best 18-hole score of three-under-par 69 in the first round of the Lamkin Invitational (Feb. 14)… tied for 18th at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate (Sept. 13-15) ) at one-over-par 217 (74-73-70)… fired a season-best 18-hole score of two-under-par 69 in the second round of the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 16)… seven top-20 individual finishes in eight tournament Appearances in the 2020-21 season… placed third at the East Lake Cup and seventh at the Mountain View Collegiate last year… tied for 20th place at the NCAA Championship… posted a 72.70 scoring average in 2020-21… No. 66 in the final 2021 Golfstat individual national rankings… 2021 All-Big 12 Team.

Sara KouskovaSenior, Prague, Czech Republic (WITH CO-VUH): Well. 20 in the latest Golfstat individual player rankings and No. 32 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings… currently 63-20 versus the top-100 ranked players… has a total of six top-25 finishes and three top-10 finishes on the 2021-22 season… placed in the top 10 for the second tournament in a row with a tied for 10th finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (March 13-15)… finished in fifth at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Feb. 28-March 2) at even-par 213 (72-69- 72)… ranked eighth in the first spring 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup rankings… finished tied for 26th at the Lamkin Invitational (Feb. 15) at 10-over-par 226 (80-71-75)… received an invitation, and has accepted , to compete in the prestigious Augusta National Women’s Amateur March 30-April 2 in Augusta, Ga…ied for 12th at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 29-31) at one-under-par 215 (72-73-70)… second at the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 15-17) at 12-under-par 201 (68-67-66)… tied her Collegiate-best 18-hole score of 66 during the final round at Stanford (Oct. 17)… her thre e-round 201 marked the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history… tied for 15th at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate (Sept. 13-15) at even-par 216 (70-73-73)… tied for 19th at the Windy City Classic (Oct. 5) at nine-over-par 225 (77-70-78)… 2021 Honorable mention All- American (WGCA and Golfweek)… six top-20 individual finishes in eight tournament Appearances in the 2020-21 season… won the 2021 Arizona Wildcat Invitational… No. 27 in the final 2021 Golfstat individual national rankings… posted a 72.16 scoring average and shot par or better in 14 of her 25 rounds in 2020-21… 2020-21 Edith Cummings Munson Award recipient (success on the course and in the Classroom)… 2021 All-Big 12 Team.

Bohyun ParkFreshman, Farmers Branch, Texas (B-OH-Yun): Well. 29 in the latest Golfstat individual player rankings and No. 36 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings… currently 56-32 versus the top-100 ranked players… finished tied for 14th at one-over-par 217 (77-69-71) at The Bruzzy, giving her four top-15 finishes on the season… registered her fourth round in the 60s on the season with a three-under-par 69 during the second round of The Bruzzy… tied for second among the Amateur competitors at the LPGA Chevron Championship… shot a three-under-par 69 during the second round of the Chevron Championship (April 1)… finished in the top-25 for the fifth time on the 2021-22 season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (March 13-15)… registered a Collegiate-best second place finish at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Feb. 28-March 2) at two-under-par 211 (70-70-71)… ranked 21st in the first spring 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup rankings… finished tied for 23rd at the Landfall Tradition (Oct 29-31) at two-over-par (71-76-71)… tied her Collegiate-best 18 hole score of 68 during the final round at the Stan ford Intercollegiate (Oct. 17)… registered a third-place showing at the Windy City Classic (Oct. 5) at one-under-par 215 (68-74-73)… tied for 10th place in her Collegiate debut at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate (Sept. 13 -15) at two-under-par 214 (73-73-68), highlighted by a four-under-par 68 in the final round… qualified as a high schooler to compete in the 2021 US Open… won three individual Class 4A state Championships for Carrollton Ranchview… became just the eighth female in Texas UIL history to claim three state golf titles… won the 2021 state title with an 11-stroke margin over the second-place finisher… climbed to as high as No. 2 in the AJGA rankings… won the KJ Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship in July 2020… placed third at the 2018 AJGA Girls Championship and fourth at the 2019 AJGA Girls Championship… earned a second-place finish at the Rolex Girls Championship in August 2020 and a fourth-place result at the 2019 Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Brigitte Thibault Graduate Student, Rosemere, Quebec, Canada (BRIDGE-it, TEE-bow): Well. 222 in the latest Golfstat individual player rankings and No. 233 in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings… placed tied for 14th at one-over-par 217 (72-74-71) at The Bruzzy, her best finish as a Longhorn… shot at one-under-par 70 (her lowest round as a Longhorn) during the first round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Feb. 28-March 2)… Graduate transfer from Fresno State… first player in Fresno State program history to advance to the NCAA Championship… earned her individual spot at the 2021 nationals with a tie for sixth place at the NCAA Stanford Regional, recording a 2-under 211 (70-73-68)… holds the Fresno State record for career scoring average (73.17)… three-time first-team All-Mountain West selection (2019, 2020, 2021)… posted four top-10 and seven top-15 individual finishes in the 2020-21 season… won the 2021 Rebel Beach Intercollegiate (Feb. 15-16) with a 4-under 212 (72-70 -70)… competed at the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur… 2019 Mountain West Conference individual Champion.

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