April 26, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team turned in a third-round 317 (+29) and a three-round team total of 938 (+62) en route to a third-place finish at the 2009 Big 12 Championship in Lubbock, Texas. OU, which began the day in third place and just one stroke ahead of three teams, finished six shots ahead of fourth-place Kansas State at the 6,564-yard, par-73 Rawls Course.
“I am very proud of the team because these were very tough conditions to play under and stay focused,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. “Everyone worked very hard and fought the entire time.”
Oklahoma State (ranked No. 4 nationally) took first-place honors with a team score of 909 (+33) while Texas A&M finished in second place with a 922 (+46). Kansas finished in fifth place and Texas in sixth.
OU senior Kendall Dye, who tied for first place after her third-round 76 (+3), lost on the second hole of a playoff to Texas A&M's Ashley Freeman. Both shot 225 (+6) for the tournament. It was Dye's fourth top-10 showing of this season.
“Kendall stayed focused and really stuck to her game plan and I'm very proud of her for doing that,” Ludvigson said. “She really has been working on her knock-downs and that really paid off.”
Freshman Kelly Short had an impressive finish at her first Big 12 Championship by tying her season-low round of 75 (+2) and placing in a tie for 23rd place. Short recorded a team-high five birdies on the day. Senior Staci Smoot also finished in 23rd place with a final-round 84 (+11). Smoot and Short both turned in a three-round score of 237 (+18).
“Kelly worked her tail off and was rewarded for her efforts,” Ludvigson said. “I am so proud of all of them for fighting and not getting frustrated with how difficult the wind and greens were playing.”
Sophomore Ellen Mueller fired a final-round 82 (+9) for a three-round total of 239 (+20), placing her in a tie for 31st. Fellow sophomore Sara Hemingway fired a final-round 92 (+19) and finished in 60th place.
The Sooners are hopeful of receiving a bid to NCAA Regional play. Selections will be announced Monday at 3 p.m. CT.
“We are hoping to get a bid for regionals since we beat four teams this weekend that are currently ranked ahead of us. I hope these girls get rewarded because they are great girls and truly represent the university as superb ambassadors.”
1. Oklahoma State: 295-302-312=909 (+33)
2. Texas A&M: 304-299-319=922 (+46)
3. Oklahoma: 315-306-317=938 (+62)
4. Kansas State: 311-311-322=944 (+68)
5. Kansas: 312-310-323=945 (+69)
6. Texas: 321-308-317=946 (+70)
7. Baylor: 322-313-315=950 (+74)
T8. Colorado: 317-305-330=952 (+76)
T8. Iowa State: 325-315-312=952 (+76)
10. Nebraska: 315-314-324=953 (+77)
T11. Texas Tech: 326-312-319=957 (+81)
T11. Missouri: 317-311-329=957 (+81)
T1. Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M: 72-73-80=225 (+6)
T1. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma: 76-73-76=225 (+6)
T3. Pernilla Lindberg, Oklahoma State: 73-75-78=226 (+7)
T3. Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State: 70-75-81=226 (+7)
5. Amanda Johnson, Oklahoma State: 73-75-80=228 (+9)
T6. Meghan Gockel, Kansas: 75-76-79=230 (+11)
T6. Sarah Zwartynski, Texas A&M: 78-74-78= 230 (+11)
9. Caroline Masson, Oklahoma State: 79-77-75=231 (+12)
T10. Charlotte Wendner, Nebraska: 75-73-84=232 (+13)
T10. Nicole Vandermade, Texas: 80-77-75=232 (+13)
T10. Lauren Johnson, Texas A&M: 78-74-80=232 (+13)
T10. Rosalyn Kim, Texas Tech: 80-73-79=232 (+13)
T1. Kendall Dye: 76-73-76=225 (+6)
T23. Kelly Short: 82-80-75=237 (+18)
T23. Staci Smoot: 77-76-84=237 (+18)
T31. Ellen Mueller: 80-77-82=239 (+20)
60. Sara Hemingway: 87-84-92=263 (+44)