NORMAN, Okla. The OU women's golf team stands in eighth place at the 18-team Susie Maxwell Berning Classic after firing a 591 (+15) over the first two rounds Sunday at the par-72, 6,013-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman. The Sooners, who were in third place after their 289 (+1) first round, shot a 302 (+14) in the afternoon and trail seventh-place Kansas by two strokes.
Oklahoma freshman Chelsey Collins posted rounds of 70 and 75 to lead the Sooners and is in an eight-person tie for 11th place with a 145 (+1). Collins braved temperatures around 40 degrees to record five birdies in the first round. Junior Heather Wright is tied for 19th after shooting a 146 (+2). Her 74 in the afternoon followed an even-par 72 in the opening round.
"I was really pleased with my first-round performance," said Collins. "I just wanted to go out and have fun. A lot of times there are higher expectations when playing on your home turf and you can create a lot of pressure. I didn't want to let that get to me.
"In the second round when I shot the 75, I think I just lost my focus. I felt pretty good about my previous round and got lazy on some shots. I let it get away from me."
Sophomore Kendall Dye shot a 149 (+5) on the day and stands in a tie for 34th place. Junior Kelly Jacques' 151 (+7) has her in a tie for 49th place out of 108 competitors, while freshman Andrea Sellmeyer registered a 158 (+14) and is in a tie for 80th.
Baylor leads the team standings by one stroke over Arkansas. The Bears, who stand at -7 on the day, turned in the best first round with a 282 (-6). Arkansas recorded the best second round (by eight strokes) with its 278 (-10).
Arkansas junior Stacy Lewis is 10-under par and leads the field by three strokes after firing back-to-back 67s. SMU's Lacey Jones and Baylor's Anna Rehnholm are tied for second at 137 (+7).
Six Sooners competed unattached from team scoring. Jaclyn Stelzer shot a 147 (+3) and is tied for 24th, Megan Goodwin turned in a 150 (+6) and stands in 42nd place, and Sydney Lee recorded a 151 (+7) for a 49th-place tie. Joyce Taus (159 +15), Ryanne Elmer (160, +16) and Stacy Smoot (169, +25) also competed individually.
"The first round went really well and we felt positive about that," said OU head coach Carol Ludvigson. "We played steady and made a lot of putts. Going into the second round, we lost some ground and lost focus coming into the last few holes. A lot of birdies can be made on this course and we need to climb back up that leaderboard tomorrow."
The OU mentor also applauded the efforts of Collins.
"We are so proud of Chelsey. She is so mentally tough for a freshman and extremely mature on the golf course. She didn't let the home course pressure get to her and her game has really developed throughout the season. She doesn't play like a freshman."
The low individual rounds of the day were turned in by Texas Tech's Ulrika Van Niekerk (first round) and Wisconsin's Isabel Alvarez (second round). Both shot a 66 to set tournament and course records. The previous tournament record of 67 was set by the University of Tulsa's Nancy Lopez in 1976. The previous course record (also a 67) was held by former Sooner Isabelle Blais.
Said Ludvigson, "The scores today really show the strength of women’s golf. In the first round we had a new course and tournament record set, and in the second we had someone match it. It was really exciting to watch that happen. There is so much depth and talent in women’s golf."
Monday's final round will begin at 8 a.m.