May 12, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, PA. - Oklahoma State's women's golf team posted a 1-over 289 during its third and final round at the NCAA East Regional on Saturday to finish in 11th place at the Penn State Blue Course.
The Cowgirls finished at 32-over 896 and nine shots outside the cut line to advance to the NCAA Championship. South Carolina won the event with a 9-over 873 total at the par-72, 6,253-yard layout. Texas A&M and Texas finished five shots back and shared second place at 878, while Alabama and Florida tied for fourth at 879. Arizona State, Michigan State and Duke tied for sixth place at 887 and claimed the last three qualifying spots.
Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova claimed medalist honors after posting a 73 for a 213 total, giving her a two-shot victory.
OSU's Kelsey Vinesfired a 69 to move from a tie for 24th into a tie for seventh place at 217. The junior started with five pars before carding a birdie at the par-4 sixth. Vines made the turn in 1-over 37 after a double bogey at the eighth. She moved to 2-over for the day with a bogey at the 10th then carded three-straight pars.
However, the Big 12 Player of the Year closed with a remarkable five-hole stretch that began with a hole in one at the 142-yard 14th. Vines then carded birdies at the 15th, 17th and 18th to tally her third round in the 60s this season.
With her finish, Vines qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 22-25 at Vanderbilt's Legends Club. Arizona's Margarita Ramos won the other individual spot in a playoff. Vines will be the first Cowgirl to compete individually at the event since Maria Bodén in 2000.
Senior Jocelyn Alfordclosed out her career with her low round of the event, posting a 75 to tie for 65th place at 228.
Sophomore Amy Ruengmateekhuntied for 87th place at 233 after signing for a 74.