Williams on Big 12: Oklahoma, Okla. St. lead pack
Monday, January 6, 2014
For Oklahoma, the fall season was quietly successful.
The Sooners had one win, rose to No. 8 in Golfweek’s rankings and broke more school records. It’s been their theme the past three years. Oklahoma has gone from a No. 69 ranking at the end of the 2009-10 season to its current No. 8. position The Sooners spent much of last year ranked inside of Golfweek’s top 5.
Oklahoma is established in its roster. All five players average just over 73 or better, led by freshman Alexandra Kaui. The spunky Hawaiian led the team in her maiden season with a 71.17 average. Former NCAA champion Chirapat Jao-Javanil was next, with a 72.5 average.
After the Big 12’s recent shuffle, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the powerhouses in the conference’s current makeup. They’ve won the past two conference championships, and one of those teams likely will win the title again this spring.
Oklahoma State was successful in the fall thanks to leadership from underclassmen Julie Yang and Casie Cathrea. The Cowgirls play a tough schedule and travel coast to coast. In the fall, Oklahoma State posed a real threat for defending national champion USC, finishing third to the Trojans at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview and second at the Windy City.
As for a team to watch, keep an eye on Baylor. The Bears struggled after Lauren Taylor opted to turn professional instead of returning to the roster, but will add two players to the roster for the spring. It could be just what Baylor needs to gain an edge.