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High Noon Highlights (5/25): How Cowgirl golf is getting through the season

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How Cowgirl golf got through the 2021 season:

As the Cowgirls found out they would be advanced to the semi-finals this afternoon against Duke, take some time to read this. It’s a great story on what this season has meant to this team.

“We’ve got the best team team anywhere,” Robertson said. “We have other five players who came here on their own to come watch. They’ve really all come together.”

Certainly, it all starts with Stark, the team’s star and Annika Award contender who owns two wins and three other top-3s this season. But further down the lineup, Tatematsu and Hinson-Tolchard are stepping up when it matters most.

The two freshmen each shot 2-under 70 Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club as Oklahoma State climbed into fourth on the team leaderboard with a 6-under 282. At 4 over, the Cowgirls may not catch Stanford (18 under), but they are comfortably inside the top eight, 14 spots better than ninth-place Arizona.

“They are the difference right now for us,” Robertson said of his pair of newcomers, who are both inside the top 35 individually entering Monday’s final round of stroke play.{Golf Channel}

Baseball collects Big 12 awards:

The conference handed out its season awards last night and the Cowboys took home some hardware.

Oklahoma State’s Christian Encarnacion-Strand was named the 2021 Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and highlighted 10 Cowboys to earn All-Big 12 honors. Encarnacion-Strand is the fourth player in program history to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, joining Tyler Mach (2006), Zach Johnson (2011) and Matt Kroon (2018). The Cowboys’ third baseman was also a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team as an infielder. Joining Encarnacion-Strand on the All-Big 12 First Team is Justin Campbell, the Cowboys’ two-way standout who was named a first-team performer as both a utility player and a pitcher. OSU pitcher Brett Standlee collected All-Big 12 Second Team plaudits, while the Cowboys had six players earn honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition — Cade Cabbiness, Max Hewitt, Carson McCusker, Parker Scott, Jake Thompson and Caeden Trenkle.{okstate.com}

Erik Pastrana to go to Florida:

Oklahoma State Assitant Erik Pastrana will make the move to the University of Florida where he will be an assistant coach.

Pastrana was an assistant under Mike Boynton for two years where he was a major factor on the recruiting trail.

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