There are changes on the leaderboard of Big 12 Championships as four more Big 12 championships were decided this past weekend, in two sports – golf and tennis – across two divisions – men’s and women’s.
As a result of the four championships decided over the weekend, Baylor has moved into a tie with Texas for the most team championships
The Baylor men and women dominated the tennis courts, as they have over the years, in the four-day championship tournament at Bayard Tennis Center at TCU. Between them, the Baylor men’s and women’s tennis teams have won 15 Big 12 postseason championships (seven by the women and eight by the men). The Lady Bears won the Big 12 Championship in six straight years from 2006-11. This is the fourth time both sexes have won the championship in the same year. The other three years were 2007, 2008 and 2009.
“They (Baylor) played real tough, they battled and they have a lot of experience,” said Oklahoma State women’s head coach Chris Young. “They just executed in the key moments. For us to be such a young team, it was good for us to get in this position and get this experience.”
In golf, the Texas men and the Oklahoma women were crowned team champions over the weekend in the Big 12 Golf Championships. For Texas, it was the Longhorns fifth men’s title since the Big 12 was formed in 1996, and the Lady Sooners captured their third conference championship in golf.
Six women’s teams from the conference were selected on Tuesday to participate in the NCAA Golf Regionals May 8-10. Oklahoma State (6), Kansas (14) and Texas (15) will be in the Central Regional at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. It will be the 22nd consecutive appearance for the Oklahoma State women in the NCAA Golf Regionals, and its is the first for the Kansas women. Baylor is the 14 seed in the East Regional and Oklahoma (3) and Iowa State (9) are in the West Regional.
It would be especially nice if as many Big 12 teams and individuals could qualify for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, which is being played this year at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club on May 20-23.
Conference championships are still to be decided in four sports in 2013-14: Rowing (May 3), Softball, Outdoor Track & Field (men’s and women’s, May 16-18, in Lubbock, Texas) and Baseball (May 21-25 in Oklahoma City).