NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in each of the last two years. The future of the Sooner program looks to be in good hands, as well.
Alexandra Kaui, who will be a freshman for the Sooners this fall, will compete in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship this Thursday through Sunday in Southampton, N.Y. The third of five major tournaments on the LPGA Tour, this year’s U.S. Open is being held at the 6,796-yard, par-72 Sebonack Golf Club.
From Las Vegas, Nev., Kaui dominated a sectional qualifying event May 20 at Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale, Ariz., to make the 156-player field. The next closest competitor in the two-round qualifier finished five strokes back.
“It feels very ecstatic,” the 17-year-old Kaui recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of playing in the U.S. Open. “Like anything else, it’s kind of hard to explain the feeling. You can’t believe that you accomplished something so big, especially at my age.”
She added, “All my life it’s been my dream to become a professional and be on the LPGA Tour. For me to get a chance to play with the best professionals on that tour is a really encouraging feeling. Not many people get to have this feeling ever in their life.”
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Kaui, who missed last year’s U.S. Open by one shot in her qualifer, has won each of the last three individual state titles at Green Valley High School. Twice she led the Gators to team state titles.
“Anytime we have a player qualify for the Open it’s a big deal,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, who will be starting her fifth year with Sooners in 2013-14. “It’s tough to do because there are so many good players who are also trying to qualify. I’m excited for Alexandra and can’t wait to watch her play against the best players in the world.”
Kaui will play in Thursday’s final group and tee off at 2:42 p.m. ET on hole 10.
Also competing in this week’s U.S. Open is former OU golfer Izzy (Blais) Beisegel. A first-team All-Big 12 selection in 1997, Beisegel shared a win at the May 30 sectional qualifier at Algonquin Golf Club in St. Louis, Mo.
Beisegel will tee off at 12:52 p.m. ET on hole No. 10. Among the two others in her group will be Annie Park, who won the NCAA individual title last month as a freshman at USC.
The last OU golfer to participate in the U.S. Women’s Open was current Sooner Emily Collins. Following her freshman year, Collins played in the 2011 event at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. She shot a 78 in each of the first two rounds but did not make the cut.