April 25, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team fired a second-round 306 (+37) Saturday at the Big 12 Championship in Lubbock, Texas, to move from fifth place to third with one round remaining. The Sooners are one stroke ahead of a trio of teams at the 6,564-yard, par-73 Rawls Course.
“We learned from our mistakes yesterday and hit more greens,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. “We also used more percentage shots around the green.”
Senior Kendall Dye posted an even-par 73 in the second round en route to a sixth-place standing, only four strokes behind leaders Ashley Freeman of Texas A&M and Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State. The Edmond native birdied twice on the front nine and twice on the back side.
“Kendall really played steady today -- conservative when need be and more aggressive when she could,” Ludvigson said. “The biggest thing was that she got up and down consistently and really never got into any trouble.”
Staci Smoot maintained her 11th-place position with a second-round 76 (+3) and stands only four strokes behind Dye. Smoot shot 3-over on the front and par on the back.
Ellen Mueller turned in a second-round 77, placing her in a tie for 24th. Despite three double bogies, the sophomore totaled five birdies to shoot a 4-over-par.
Freshman Kelly Short ended day two of her first Big 12 Championship tied for 45th place with her 80 (+7), while sophomore Sara Hemingway carded an 84 (+14) for 60th place.
“We left a left a lot shots out there but I feel very confident that we will take our lessons and benefit from them, work on our mental game and be ready to come out tomorrow trying to put the low score on the board,” Ludvigson said.
Final round play of the Big 12 Championship will commence at 8 a.m. CT Sunday.
1. Oklahoma State: 295-302=597 (+13)
2. Texas A&M: 304-299=603 (+19)
3. Oklahoma: 315-306=621 (+37)
T4. Kansas: 312-310=622 (+38)
T4. Kansas State: 311-311=622 (+38)
T4. Colorado: 317-305=622 (+38)
7. Missouri: 317-311=628 (+44)
T8. Texas: 321-308=629 (+45)
T8. Nebraska: 315-314=629 (+45)
10. Baylor: 322-313=635 (+51)
11. Texas Tech: 326-312=638 (+54)
12. Iowa State: 325-315=640 (+56)
T1. Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M: 72-73=145 (-1)
T1. Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State: 70-75=145 (-1)
T3. Amanda Johnson, Oklahoma State: 73-75=148 (+2)
T3. Pernilla Lindberg, Oklahoma State: 73-75=148 (+2)
6. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma: 76-73=149 (+3)
7. Meghan Gockel, Kansas: 75-76=151 (+5)
T8. Emily Talley, Colorado: 76-76=152 (+6)
T8. Sarah Zwartynski, Texas A&M: 78-74=152 (+6)
T11. Elise Houtz, Kansas State: 80-73=153 (+7)
T11. Rosalyn Kim, Texas Tech: 80-73=153 (+7)
T11. Morgan Moon, Kansas State: 72-81=153 (+7)
T11. Staci Smoot, Oklahoma: 77-76=153 (+7)
6. Kendall Dye: 76-73=149 (+3)
T11. Staci Smoot: 77-76=153 (+7)
T24. Ellen Mueller: 80-77=157 (+11)
T45. Kelly Short: 82-80=162 (+16)
60. Sara Hemingway: 87-84=171 (+25)