Zwartynski, Aggies win Big 12s at the buzzer
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Texas A&M junior Sarah Zwartynski drained a 10-footer on No. 18 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club to help the Aggies complete the biggest comeback in Big 12 Championship history.
Zwartynski’s clutch putt earned the Aggies a one-shot victory over Oklahoma State, rallying from 11 shots down at the start of the final round.
A&M came back from four shots down to beat OSU at the 2007 championship, which was the previous record.
“We call Sarah the ‘10-foot queen’ because she’s so good from that distance,” third-year Texas A&M coach Trelle McCombs said. “I asked her if she was ready, and she said ‘I am,’ and I knew she was going to make it.”
The Aggies, 24th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot the best round of the day, 8-over 296, to finish at 32-over 896. Despite a 20-footer for birdie on 18 by individual champion Caroline Hedwall, No. 28 Oklahoma State closed in 308 to finish second by one. Texas, ranked 34th, was third, nine shots back of the Aggies.
Texas A&M freshman Sarah Beth Davis starred Sunday for the Aggies with a final-round 3-under 69 to tie a postseason school record and jump from 30th into a tie for fifth. Four Aggies finished in the top 20.
“Today was such a total team effort,” McCombs said. “Before the round, we talked about focusing on what we wanted to happen, rather than being scared or worried about what could happen. We started with the first hole and continued that philosophy on every hole.”
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