The Texas men's team came from a stroke back on the final day of the 72-hole Big 12 Men's Golf Championship to claim their fifth golf title in the Big 12 era and second in a row. Photo courtesy of Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Crowns New Conference Champions In Tennis, Golf

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Conference championships were decided in four sports categories over the weekend. The Baylor men and women swept the league titles in tennis for the fourth time in school history, while the Texas men and Oklahoma women captured similar honors in the Big 12 Golf Championships.

Baylor defeated Oklahoma State 4-1 on Sunday in the men’s final at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis center at TCU. Baylor senior Patrick Pradella was named the Most Outstanding Player of the men’s championship. The top-seeded Baylor women also took a 4-1 victory in their finals competition against No. 2-seed Oklahoma State. Baylor’s Ema Burgic, a junior, was named Most Outstanding Player.

The Baylor men’s team finished the season with an overall record of 23-5, while the Baylor women went 24-6 for the year. This is the second straight year and eighth time overall that Baylor has won the men’s tennis championship. The Baylor men have won the regular-season titles in 12 of the 18 years the Big 12 has been in existence.

The Baylor women have been equally dominant in tennis with 10 shared or outright Big 12 regular-season titles and seven conference championships. Only Texas has more women’s tournament championships than Baylor, with eight.

Texas entered the final 18-hole round on Sunday in the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, trailing Texas Tech, the leader, by a single stroke. The Red Raider squad recorded a disappointing seven-over round on the final day and fell to the Longhorns by three strokes to finish second behind the champion Longhorns.

The victory gives Texas two consecutive men’s championships and their first back-to-back crowns since winning three years in a row between 2002 and 2004. The Longhorns have won five men’s golf championships in the Big 12 era. Only Oklahoma State, which finished third this year,  has more league titles with six.

TCU‘ junior Julian Brun captured individual medal honors in the 72-hole championship. Brun shot a 72-hole score of 11-under-par 277. Brun’s finishing score is the lowest at Whispering Pines and the second lowest four-round score in Big 12 Championship history. Sam Daley of Iowa State was second with a two-under score of 286, and Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State was even-par  after 72 holes with a score of 288.

Oklahoma set a championship record score of 10-under-par 278 in the final round of the conference women’s championship. OU’s final-round record score was seven strokes better than the previous record of 285 by Iowa State in 2011.

The Lady Sooners took the lead on the first day at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin and never relinquished it over the final two days and 36 holes. OU finished 17 strokes better than second-place Texas, which recorded an aggregate foursome score of 878 for the 72-hole championship. Oklahoma’s three-under 54-hole score of 861 sets a new 54-hole record, 11 shots better than Texas’ 862 score in 2011.

Baylor was third in this year’s championship with a 54-hole score of 884, 23 shots back of the Sooners and six behind Texas.

It was the Lady Sooners third Big 12 Golf Championship and second in the last three years. OU golf Chirapat Jao-Javanil was the individual medalist in the women’s championship with a seven-under-par score of 209, the second lowest women’s 54-hole score in Big 12 history.

Big 12 2014 Men’s Golf Championship Final Team Results (72-hole scores)

  1. Texas – 1158 (+6)
  2. Texas Tech – 1161 (+9)
  3. Oklahoma State – 1164 (+12)
  4. Iowa State – 1167  (+15)
  5. TCU – 1170 (+18)
  6. Baylor – 1184 (+32)
  7. Oklahoma – 1192 (+40)
  8. Kansas – 1210 (+58)
  9. Kansas State – 1231 (+79)

Big 12 2014 Women’s Golf Championship Final Team Results (54-hole scores)

1. Oklahoma – 861 (-3)

2. Texas – 878 (+14)

3. Baylor – 884 (+20)

4T. Iowa State – 886 (+22)

4T. Kansas – 886 (+22)

6. Texas Tech – 901 (+37)

7. Oklahoma State – 906 (+42)

8. Kansas State – 916 (+52)

9. TCU – 917 (+53)

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