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Women's golf relaxes, finishes Preview 5th

Oct. 4, 2000

Freshman shoots 70 in final round

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports Editor

The Baylor women's golf team closed strongly Tuesday to finish fifth in the Big 12 Fall Preview.

Oklahoma State University won the two-day event, held at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco. The University of Missouri was second, while the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma tied for third.

'I'm very happy,' Baylor head Coach Sylvia Ferdon said. 'We really seized the day. We had a great final 18. It's very gratifying.'

True freshman Michaelyn Morgan fired a two-under par 70 in Tuesday's final round to finish fourth individually for the Bears.

'I'm pretty pleased,' she said. 'I played better than I have been.'

Sophomore Melanie Hagewood shot a final-round 74 and finished tied for seventh individually.

Melanie Hunt of Texas Tech University won a sudden death playoff to earn individual medalist honors.

Baylor was tied for seventh after the first two rounds, so Ferdon said ending the tournament in fifth was a good sign.

'We're learning how to hang tough,' she said. 'I thought at the start we were mentally too pumped up, and we had too much adrenaline flowing. It was a whole team effort. It was a pleasant surprise.'

The tournament featured strong competition, with eight of the teams currently ranked in the Golfweek Top-35 Poll.

'It's great to be part of the Big 12,' Ferdon said. 'Teams like Texas and A&M have a great tradition. I think to improve you have to play good competition, and that's what we have here.'

Baylor returns to action on Oct. 23 and 24 at the Central District Classic, hosted by Michigan State University. Morgan said the sky was the limit for the Bears for the remainder of the year.

'I think we're ahead of pace,' she said. 'We all improved so much over the summer and even at the start of this year. There's no telling what we can do by the end of the season.'