Aug. 2, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma golfers Emily Collins and Taylor Schmidt are tied for 26th place out of 55 two-person teams after first-day action at the Hooters Women's Collegiate Team Championship at Achasta, by Reynolds in Dahlonega, Ga. The OU pair is teaming up this week in the second annual event, which is presented by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Collins, a sophomore, and Schmidt, a junior, finished the day with a 5-over-par 77 while playing an alternate shot format.
The OU duo began their round on hole No. 10 and were in great shape at 3 under par after their first eight holes. The final 10 holes of the day proved much more difficult, however, as they recorded four bogeys and two double-bogeys down the stretch.
"Taylor and I both hit the ball decent and gave ourselves chances on the first nine," said Collins, "but struggled a bit on the last nine."
Schmidt, who teamed with former Sooner Ellen Mueller last August to finish in seventh place at the inaugural Hooters Team Championship, said the unfamiliarity with Tuesday's format may have played a role in the up-and-down round.
"Alternate shot is not a format we play very often, so it was a little difficult to get used to," said Schmidt. "But we are really excited for the best ball (portion of the tournament) tomorrow."
Under the alternating shot format, one golfer tees off on all of the odd-numbered holes while their partner tees off on all of the even-numbered holes. After the drive, the golfers alternate shots until the ball is holed.
The Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship features a different format in each of its three rounds. A best ball format will be used Wednesday while an aggregate score format will be utilized Thursday.
"The front nine is tougher and we started missing some fairways and greens, so that hurt us today," said Collins. "We tried to stay positive though and we will definitely take that attitude into the next two rounds."
The Sooner pair will tee off Wednesday at 8 a.m. EST on hole No. 1.
Michigan State duo Caroline Powers and Lindsey Solberg and Kentucky pair Liz Breed and Heather Lott lead the field after each fired a first-round score of 68 (-4).