Oct. 14, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's golf team persevered through adverse weather conditions on Tuesday and turned in the lowest second-round score at the 17-team Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. The Sooners shot a 299 (+11), moving them into second place and just three strokes behind UC Irvine.
OU entered the day in third place, but bolted past Baylor on the leaderboard. It now leads the Bears by three shots and fourth-place Oral Roberts by 10. All five of OU's team competitors are in the top 29 out of 90 golfers.
"We had a very solid round and reached our goal of being low round for the day," OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said Tuesday afternoon. "There were tough conditions with the rain, wind and cold, but the team fought the entire day."
Kendall Dye bounced back nicely from a first-round 78 (+6) with Tuesday's second-lowest individual score, a 1-under-par 71 that tied her for sixth place. The senior began the day in 42nd place. Freshman Kelly Short continued her impressive performance in her second collegiate tournament by firing a second straight 75 (+6). Short is tied for 12th.
Not far behind Short is Brooke Collins, a fellow freshman who shot a 77 (+5) and is tied for 19th place at +7 overall. Sophomore Ellen Mueller fired her second consecutive 76 and is tied for 19th place at +8. Sophomore Sara Hemingway, who shot a 74 in the first round and began Tuesday tied for ninth place, carded a second-round 80 and now sits in a tie for 29th place (+10).
Staci Smoot, a senior who is participating in her first tournament of the season, shot a second-round 78 to improve on her first-round score by four shots. She is in 57th place.
"Overall, our putting was much better today and the team played so tough," Ludvigson said. "I am very excited about Kendall's round since she has been struggling to get under par and stay there.
"We are ready for tomorrow and know that if we stay with our game plan, we should be right there at the end. Once again, this proves the depth that we have in our lineup. I am very proud of everyone's effort and their attitude."
The Sooners will be in search of the season's first tournament victory when they tee off Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. MST.
1. UC-Irvine: 292-302=595 (+19)
2. Oklahoma: 299-299=598 (+22)
3. Baylor: 297-304=601 (+25)
4. Oral Roberts: 303-305=608 (+32)
5. New Mexico State: 299-312=611 (+35)
6. Missouri: 309-303=612 (+36)
7. Hawaii: 312-305=617 (+41)
8. UC Davis: 306- 312=618 (+42)
9. North Texas: 304-316=620 (+44)
T10. U. of Texas El Paso: 310-311=621 (+45)
T10. Kansas State: 307-314=621 (+45)
12. Colorado State: 309-314=623 (+47)
13. Cincinnati: 311-313=624 (+48)
14. Nevada: 308-320=628 (+52)
15. San Diego State: 310-319=629 (+53)
T16. Samford: 320-316=636 (+60)
T.16.Eastern Washington: 320-316=636 (+60)
1. Julia Potter, Missouri: 73-69=142 (-2)
2. Jane Chin, UC-Irvine: 70-74=144 (E)
T3. Hannah Burke, Baylor: 72-74=146 (+2)
T3. Pang Chanachai, New Mexico State: 72-74=146 (+2)
5. Christy Carter, Oral Roberts: 76-72=148 (+4)
T6. Kasey Claussen, Colorado State: 75-74=149 (+5)
T6. Sara Hunt, Samford: 74-75=149 (+5)
T6. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma: 78-71=149 (+5)
T6. Janna Golden, North Texas: 75-74=149 (+5)
T6. Deborah Martinez, U. of Texas El Paso: 74-75=149 (+5)
T6. Eve Santillan, Oral Roberts: 74-75= 149 (+5)
T6. Kendall Dye: 78-71=149 (+5)
T12. Kelly Short: 75-75=150 (+6)
T16. Brooke Collins: 74-77=151 (+7)
T19. Ellen Mueller: 76-76=152 (+8)
T29. Sara Hemingway: 74-80=154 (+10)
57. Staci Smoot (Individual): 82-78=160 (+16)