OU Set For Competition in Austin

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 18, 2009

March 18, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma women’s golf team will travel south of the Red River March 20-22 to compete in the highly competitive 17-team Betsy Rawls Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas.  The Sooners will challenge 13 top-50 teams at the 6,324-yard, par-72 University of Texas Golf Course in Austin.

OU took advantage of a similar opportunity at the Central District Invitational in February when it finished ahead of three ranked squads.  The Betsy Rawls Invitational will give the Sooners another chance to improve their ranking with only three regular season tournaments remaining.

“We need to take advantage of being in such a strong field and need to find consistency in our lineup,” head coach Carol Ludvigson said.  “This golf course is one that you need to stick to your game plan and not get greedy.”

 The tourney field includes No. 1 Arizona State, No. 9 Duke, No. 13 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Purdue, No. 20 Arizona, No. 22 Arkansas, No. 26 Notre Dame, No. 34 New Mexico, No. 35 Texas A&M, No. 42 UCF, No. 44 Furman, No. 46 South Carolina, Chattanooga, Florida State, Texas and Tulsa.

Competing for the Sooners will be senior Kendall Dye, sophomore Ellen Mueller, freshman Kelly Short, senior Staci Smoot and Junior Ryanne Elmer.

“We are looking forward to this tournament because if we take care of business this could give us a much better ranking going into the Big 12 tournament.  It would be a huge momentum builder.”

 Eighteen holes will be played each day with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. CT on Friday and Saturday, and at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday.  Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.





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