Thiry Fires a 77 On Second Day Of Big 12 Women's Golf Championship

April 26, 2008

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Thiry moved into a tie for 24th place individually with a 163 total, while teammate Emily Powers is the top Jayhawk after two rounds, tied for 20th at 162. Annie Giangroso is tied for 35th at 166, Meghna Bal is tied for 40th at 167 and Sydney Wilson is in 52nd at 172

HostOklahomaState, aided by four players in the top six of the individual standings, leads the team race. The Cowgirls shot a 302, the tournament’s best team round on Saturday, and have a 605 total. Texas A&M is in second, 14 strokes back at 619. Missouri (636), Texas (640) and Nebraska (643) round out the top five. Kansas is at 658, but just eight shots out of sixth place.

“Overall they played well, but everybody had one or two holes where they took a couple of big numbers and that is what hurt us,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said of her team. “This course will penalize you if you don’t execute and we didn’t do that all the way through.”

Thiry was one of just 19 players in the 60-player field to break 80 on the second day. After opening the tournament with an 86 on Friday, her Saturday play impressed O’Neil.

“Grace had a good, solid round and a great comeback after the first day,” O’Neil said.

Starting on the back nine, Thiry birdied the first two holes – 10 and 11 – and did not have more than a bogey on the difficult Karsten Creek golf course as she cut nine shots off her first-day score. She finished her first nine at even-par before recording four pars and five bogeys on the final nine holes.

Powers bounced back from a difficult stretch as after recording a quadruple bogey eight and a double bogey six on her seventh and eighth holes, she responded with back to back birdies on her next two holes. She added her fourth birdie of the day later in the round.

Kansas will be paired with Texas Tech and IowaState for the final round on Sunday. Those three teams will tee off on the back nine beginning at 9 a.m. KU is just behind Oklahoma (650), Texas Tech (652) and IowaState (657) with a 658 total heading into the final 18 holes.

“We have chances to move up,” O’Neil said. “We need to learn from our mistakes today and play strong on Sunday.

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Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship

Stillwater, Okla.

Karsten Creek Golf Course

Team Standings

1. Oklahoma State 303-302–605

2. Texas A&M 315-304–619

3. Missouri 317-319–636

4. Texas 321-319–640

5. Nebraska 326-317–643

6. Oklahoma 335-315–650

7. Texas Tech 334-318–652

8. Iowa State 331-226–657

9. Kansas 333-325–658

10. Kansas State 335-324–659

11. Colorado 351-322–673

12. Baylor 344-338–682

Individual Leaders

1. Jaclyn Sweeney, OSU 74-74–148

2. Sarah Zwartynski, A&M 77-73–150

3. Karin Kinnerud, OSU 76-76–152

T4. Danielle McVeigh, A&M 78-75–153

T4. Pernilla Lindberg, OSU 75-78–153

Kansas Individuals

T20. Emily Powers 80-82–162

T24. Grace Thiry 86-77–163

T35. Annie Giangrosso 84-82–166

T40. Meghna Bal 83-84–167

52. Sydney Wilson 87-85–172