April 8, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz.--Oklahoma State's women's golf team earned its first victory under head coach Annie Young on Sunday, coming from behind to claim the Ping/ASU Invitational title at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course.

The Cowgirls, who entered the day in third place, posted a 1-over 289 during their final round at the par-72, 6,230-yard layout to erase a seven-shot deficit and overtake Purdue and Arizona State. OSU had three players break par on the day en route to posting the low team score by three strokes.

OSU finished with a 17-over total of 881 and one shot clear of Purdue's 882 total. ASU was third at 886. The victory was OSU's first since winning the Big 12 Championship last spring in Stillwater and its first since coming under the direction of Young, who took over the program in December.

A pair of Cowgirls earned top-10 finishes individually as freshman Caroline Masson's 71 moved her into seventh place at 219, while senior Pernilla Lindberg also finished 1-under on the day. Lindberg finished alone in eighth place at 220.

Masson went out with eight consecutive pars before a bogey at the ninth gave her a 1-over 36. The Gladbeck, Germany native sandwiched three birdies around a bogey at the 12th to finish under par for the day and earn her first top 10 since tying for ninth last fall at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

Lindberg used a pair of birdies on her front nine to turn at even par and birdied the final two par-5s on the back nine to finish under par.

Freshman Caroline Hedwall carded a 76 to finish tied for 11th place at 223, while senior Amanda Johnson also posted a 76 to finish at 226 and tied for 23rd.

Senior Karin Kinnerud used a 71 of her own to move into a tie for 27th place at 227.

The Cowgirls will be back in action on April 24 when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to defend their title at the Big 12 Championship.