Sept. 22, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's golf team stands in seventh place after the first day of action at the 13-team Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo. The Sooners shot a 306 (+18) during the first round of play on Monday at the 6,605-yard, par-72 Highlands Ranch Golf Course.
OU trails first-place Denver by 19 strokes, but is only one stroke behind sixth-place TCU, two shots behind fifth-place UC Irvine and four strokes out of third place (Kentucky and Wyoming).
"It was a rough putting day and it took us a while to feel the speed of the greens," OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said Monday evening. "We are looking forward to tomorrow, and since we are only four shots out of third, that is our goal."
Senior Kendall Dye was OU's top performer in the opening round and stands in a tie for eighth place with her even-par 72. She trails leader Stephanie Sherlock of Denver by five strokes. Dye played holes 9 through 18 at 4-under par, and finished strong with birdies on 15, 16 and 17.
Sophomore Ellen Mueller fired a 76 (+4) in the first round, placing her in a six-way tie for 18th. She was 4 over par on the front nine but rebounded with an even-par back side.
Fellow sophomore Sara Hemingway, a transfer from Texas A&M, fired a 78 (+6) in her OU debut. Her 2 on the par-4 third hole was one of only three eagles on the entire day. Hemingway is tied for 31st place.
Junior Andrea Sellmeyer turned in a first-round 80 (+8) while freshman Kelly Short shot an 81 (+9) to sit in a tie for 40th and a tie for 50th, respectively.
Another freshman, Brooke Collins, is competing unattached from team scoring. Collins recorded three birdies on the day and is tied with Short in 50th place.
"I am very proud of everybody," Ludvigson said of her six golfers, "but especially of Kendall since she birdied 15, 16 and 17 to be even par for the day.
"Overall, everyone had great attitudes. We worked very hard after the round to keep working on our speed and tempo of shots around the green."
Fellow Big 12 schools Baylor (311, ninth place) and Iowa State (317, 12th place) are also competing in the tournament.
Second-round action will start at Tuesday at 8 a.m. MDT, while Wednesday's final round will start at the same time. Live stats can be viewed at www.golfstat.com.
1. Denver: 287 (-1)
2. San Jose State: 293 (+5)
T3. Kentucky: 302 (+14)
T3. Wyoming: 302 (+14)
5. UC Irvine: 304 (+16)
6. TCU: 305 (+17)
7. Oklahoma: 306 (+18)
8. UC Davis: 310 (+22)
9. Baylor: 311 (+23)
T10. Arkansas- Little Rock: 314 (+26)
T10. UNC Wilmington: 314 (+26)
12. Iowa State: 317 (+29)
13. Northern Colorado: 322 (+34)
1. Stephanie Sherlock, Denver: 67 (-5)
T2. Erica Moston, San Jose State: 68 (-4)
T2. Dawn Shockley, Denver: 68 (-4)
T4. Jane Chin, UC Irvine: 69 (-3)
T4. Ashley Tait, UNC Wilmington: 69 (-3)
T8. Kendall Dye: 72 (E)
T18. Ellen Mueller: 76 (+4)
T31. Sara Hemingway: 78 (+6)
T40. Andrea Sellmeyer: 80 (+8)
T50. Kelly Short: 81 (+9)
T50. Brooke Collins: (Individual): 81 (+9)