NORMAN, Okla.-- In its first tournament of the season, the Oklahoma women's golf team is in second place at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis., after shooting a 622 (+46) during the first two rounds of play Sunday. The Sooners trail leader Indiana by just two strokes and are ahead of third-place Louisville by four shots.
Two Sooners are in the top 10 with only one round remaining. Junior Kelly Jacques led OU with a 152 (+8) Sunday and is in sixth place, six strokes behind leader Michelle Regan of Kansas State. Jacques carded rounds of 74 (+2) and 78 (+6). Sophomore Staci Smoot is tied for eighth place after shooting rounds of 77 (+5) and 78 (+6). Smoot is at +11.
"Kelly did really well," said OU head coach Carol Ludvigson. "It didn't show in the second round but she was two over going into her last hole and then she ended up taking an eight on the (par 4) 18th."
Sophomore Kendall Dye shot a 156 (+12) and is tied for 11th place while seniors Jaclyn Stelzer and Megan Goodwin both carded a 163 (+19) and stand in a tie for 37th. Goodwin is competing as an individual. True freshman Joyce Trus is tied for 56th place after carding a 171 (+27).
"We did very well this morning," said Ludvigson of her squad, which turned in the tournament’s best first round by five strokes. "We faultered a little in the afternoon round but we learned a lot. It will be very advantageous for us tomorrow. I'm excited. We hung in and worked hard today. I think we can win this thing."
OU is one of four Big 12 teams helping comprise the 12-team field that is playing at the 6,175-yard, par-72 University Ridge Golf Course. Fellow league member Iowa State is tied with Memphis in fifth place (631), Kansas State stands in seventh place (632) and Nebraska is in ninth (639).
Final-round action will begin Monday at 8 a.m. CDT.
1. Indiana University 313-307=620
2. Oklahoma 306-316=622
3. Louisville, U. of 312-314=626
4. Wisconsin, U. of 311-314=627
T5. Memphis 314-317=631
T5. Iowa State Univ. 315-316=631
7. Kansas State Univ. 323-309=632
8. Illinois State Univ. 318-319=637
9. Nebraska, U. of 321-318=639
10. Minnesota, U. of 325-325=650
11. Georgetown University 331-340=671
1. Michelle Regan, Kansas State 75-71=146
2. Adrienne White, Louisville, U. of 71-76=147
T3. Katie Elliott, Wisconsin, U. of 74-77=151
T3. Elaine Harris, Indiana University 74-77=151
T3. Pennapa Pulsawath, Iowa State Univ. 74-77=151
OU Individual Standings
6. Kelly Jacques 74-78=152
T8. Staci Smoot 77-78=155
T11. Kendall Dye 78-78=156
T37. Megan Goodwin 82-81=163
T37. Jaclyn Stelzer 77-86=163
T56. Joyce Trus 89-82=171