PRIMM, Nev. – Perhaps Oklahoma State took Golfweek’s preseason rankings and posted them on the roof of the team van. Or maybe the Cowgirls didn’t even notice they weren’t ranked in the preseason top 30.
Regardless, they’re proving their point so far at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, leading by one stroke over Chattanooga after Round 1.
OSU had a top-10 spot early on in my preseason poll, but dropped significantly when Caroline Masson announced she was turning professional. They dropped even farther when Victoria Park’s name didn’t appear on the team’s roster. The freshman had an academic issue that hadn’t been cleared up by the NCAA at press-time.
Obviously, Park was cleared to play and is here this week in Primm, shooting 77. Caroline Hedwall was huge for the Cowgirls with six birdies en route to her 4-under 68.
Freshman Jane Rah’s injury-ridden game fared well in her college debut with a 2-over 74. Courtney McKim bogeyed four out of her last six holes in strong winds to shoot 76.
Rumors abound that Rah plans to go to LPGA Q-School next month. So far, she’s keeping mum about the subject.