Oklahoma Golf Claims 10th in Austin

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 22, 2009

March 22, 2009


NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's golf team closed the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Sunday with a final-round 311 (+23) at the 6,324-yard, par-72 University of Texas Golf Course.  The Sooners shared 10th place with Vanderbilt University with an overall team score of 922 (+58).

"It was a rough finish for us today," OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said.  "We had several stretches of really good holes but our finish on the last few holes hurt us.  The good thing is that we beat five teams that were ranked ahead of us, so hopefully that will help our head-to-head ranking."

Senior Kendall Dye registered five birdies and shared 10th place after her one-under-par 71 that tied a season low.  It marked Dye's seventh career top-10 finish.

Ellen Mueller fired a final-round 78 (+6) and finished two strokes behind Dye in a tie for 14th place.  It was the sophomore's sixth career top-20 finish. 

"I am very proud of Kendall's round today and look forward to her taking this into next week," Ludvigson said of the senior.  "Ellen wasn't pleased with her finish today, but overall she had a good tournament and is such a fighter."

Kelly Short matched her second round score of 80 on Sunday and tied for 62nd place, while Ryanne Elmer turned in an 82 en route to a 74th-place finish.  It was Elmer's first tournament of the year.  Staci Smoot rounded out the scoring for the Sooners as she posted an 85 to place her in 89th place.

Oklahoma tied with Vanderbilt among the 17-team field and finished ahead of top-50 squads Arizona (No. 20), UCF (No. 42) and UT Chattanooga (No. 46).  The Sooners finished three strokes behind tournament host Texas and just four shots behind No. 35 Texas A&M and No. 44 Furman.

"I know that the team learned a lot from this tournament on just trusting their ability and getting out of their own way.  I look forward to this next week and seeing them put to use all of the lessons we have been learning."

The Sooners head to Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29 for the MountainView Collegiate hosted by the University of Colorado.

Team Standings:
1. Purdue: 291-287-294=872 (+6)
2. Arizona State: 287-291-300=878 (+
4. New Mexico: 292-298-301=891 (+27)
5. Duke: 299-302-296=897 (+33)
6. Notre Dame: 296-308-311=915 (+51)
T7. Furman: 302-310-306=918 (+54)
T7. Texas A&M: 311-301-306=918 (+54)
9. Texas: 307-308-304=919 (+55)
T10. Oklahoma: 302-309-311=922 (+58)
T10. Vanderbilt: 291-312-319=922 (+58)
T12. South Carolina: 310-311-308=929 (+65)
T12. Tulsa: 308-309-312=929 (+65)
14. UT Chattanooga: 304-311-315=930 (+66)
15. Arizona: 306-317-309=932 (+68)
17. UCF:303-327-320=950 (+86)

Player Standings:
1. Maria Hernandez, Purdue: 70-69-71=210 (-6)
2. Lucy Nunn, Arkansas: 70-70-73=213 (-3)
3. Jodi Ewart, New Mexico: 70-72-73=215 (-1)
4. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Purdue: 70-71-75=216 E
T5. Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State: 73-72-73=218 (+2)
T5. Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M: 78-70-70=218 (+2)
T5. Blair Lamb, Furman: 73-74-71=218 (+2)
T5. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State: 72-70-76=218 (+2)
9. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State: 70-75-74=219 (+3)
T10. Kendall Dye: 71-78-71=220 (+4)
T10. Kristin Ingram, Arkansas: 73-72-75=220 (+4)
T10. Jaclyn Sweeney, Arizona State: 73-74-73=220 (+4)

OU Standings:
T10. Kendall Dye: 71-78-71=220 (+4)
T14. Ellen Mueller: 74-70-78=222 (+6)
T62. Kelly Short: 78-80-80=238 (+22)
74. Ryanne Elmer: 79-81-82=242 (+26)
89. Staci Smoot: 80-88-85=253 (+37)






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