Horned Frog golfers started out strong in State Amateur Championship


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Annika Clark swings away at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com)

By Garrett Podell

Two members of the women’s golf team finished the first day of the 96th Texas Women’s State Amateur Championship atop the leaderboard.

Junior Annika Clark birdied three of her last six holes Tuesday during the qualifying round for the championship, finishing at 3-under-par 69 to earn medalist honors by three strokes. She totaled five birdies on the day.

Junior Brooke McDougald also played well, completing her qualifying round tied for fifth, posting a 1-over 73.  She had an eagle on the par 5, 403-yard fifth hole. McDougald also birdied the 10th hole.

Clark had the top seed when the 32-player championship for match play began today at 8:30 a.m. She was the medalist at the 2015 event in Waco.

“I was pretty solid all the way around today,” Clark said, who recorded two top-10 finishes for TCU last season. “I made quite a few birdies, and the whole day I was just making some really good putts. I had four feet pretty much all day for par, so it just felt really solid.”

Clark said she didn’t plan on changing her game going into match play.

“There are a couple holes out there I might approach differently,” she said. “There’s a hole out there where you can take driver towards the green, and I think may do that. Other than that, I had a pretty aggressive mindset out there today. I’ll keep that going into match play and be really aggressive on the birdie putts.”