Oct. 26, 2011
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The 26th-ranked Oklahoma women’s golf team fired a 310 (+22) in the final round of the 16-team Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown Wednesday to finish in fourth place at the Boulder Creek Golf Course in Boulder City, Nev. The Sooners, who entered the day in seventh place, totaled a 54-hole score of 890 (+26) to claim their third straight top-five showing.
The third round proved to be a challenge for every team due to windy weather conditions. No team finished the tournament under par and only one player out of 88 -- Louisville’s AnnaKarin Ljungstrom -- shot even par in the third round. Twenty-fourth ranked UC Davis won the tournament with a three-round 869 (+5), 15 shots in front of second-place Pepperdine and San Diego State, and 26 strokes ahead of OU.
“We struggled all day and conditions were really tough,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. “The course played totally different today that it did in the previous two days of the tournament.”
OU was led in Wednesday’s round by sophomore Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who shot a 2-over 74. Jao-Javanil completed the tournament in a tie for eighth place with a three-round 219 (+3), good for her eighth career top-10 finish. Her round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.
Sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay shot a third-round 79 (+7) and finished two strokes behind Jao-Javanil, with a three-round 221 (+5) to tie for 16th place.
Taylor Schmidt carded a final-round 76 to conclude the fall season, tying for 24th place. The junior finished with a 54-hole total of 226 (+10).
Sophomore Emily Collins shot a third-round 82 (+10) and finished in a tie for 49th place with a 229 (+13).
Senior Brooke Collins registered a final-round 81 (+9) and finished in a tie for 55th with a 232 (+16).
Junior college transfer Jacki Marshall, who competed as an individual and unattached from team scoring, moved up 24 spots on the leaderboard after shooting a third-round 75 (+3). Marshall, who tied for 31st place, was consistent throughout the tournament. She shot 4 over par the first day and 3 over each of the last two.
“We are now in the off-season and we will be making some swing changes in order to get better for the spring,” said Drouin. “Overall, we had a good fall season and I hope the girls will continue to work hard and improve.”
The Sooners, who won the Golfweek Invitational and Susie Maxwell Berning Classic this fall, will start their spring season with the Northrop Grumman Challenge on Feb. 13-15 in Palos Verdes, Calif.