Oct. 15, 2011
NORMAN, Okla.-- The Oklahoma women's golf team will host its lone home tournament of the year, the 33rd Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, this Sunday through Tuesday at the par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.
The Sooners, No. 32 in the Golfweek rankings, are coming off of a win at the Golfweek Invitational Sept. 19-21 in Edwards Colo. OU was in sixth place entering the final round but battled back behind medalist Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil to finish in the top spot.
The 17-team Susie Maxwell field features five other teams in Golfweek's top-50: No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 29 Texas Tech, No. 33 Florida State, No. 43 Michigan and No. 44 New Mexico. Other participating teams include Coastal Carolina, Florida International, Kennesaw State, Kansas, Kansas State, Middle Tennessee State, Oral Roberts, Redlands Community College, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State and Wisconsin.
"It's always nice to host an event," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "We play this course daily and know it better than anyone else. The girls love playing here and it's just fun to showcase our beautiful course."
Jao-Javanil will play in OU's No. 1 position for the third straight tournament. The sophomore, who is averaging a team-low 74.0 strokes per round, is ranked No. 32 nationally by Golfweek.
Sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who finished in the top 20 in each of OU's first tournaments, will take the No. 2 position for the Sooners.
Competing in the No. 3 slot will be senior Brooke Collins. She will be playing in her 25th tournament as a Sooner.
Junior Taylor Schmidt, who finished in the top-20 of the season-opening Texas A&M "Mo"Morial, will play in the No. 4 position for the Sooners.
Sophomore Emily Collins will make her 2011 debut and play in the No. 5 spot. Collins, who missed OU's first two tournaments of the year due to illness, competed this past summer in the U.S. Women's Open. She joined Isabelle (Blais) Beisiegel as the only Sooners to ever play in the event while still enrolled at OU.
Oklahoma newcomers Jacki Marshall, Viktoria Lager and Jade Staggs will also compete in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic as individuals.
Arkansas won last year's event with a 7-over-par 871. OU finished in second place, five shots behind the Razorbacks. Tanguay finished in third place with a 2-under 214 to lead four Sooners in the top 10.
OU will tee off Sunday morning beginning at 9:40. Fans are encouraged to come support the Sooners, as admission is free. Live stats will be available at golfstat.com.