NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team finished in fifth place after posting a final-round 308 (+20) at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas, Wednesday. The Sooners’ tournament total of 937 (+73) on the par-72, 6,142-yard Ridgewood Country Club Golf Course resulted in OU’s third top-five finish of the season.
Junior Kelly Jacques fired an even-par 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for fourth place, the best Sooner placing at the Big 12 Championships since Allison Johnson’s third-place effort in 2002. It was Jacques’ ninth career top-10 finish.
Jacques, a Longmont, Colo., native, climbed 20 spots on the leaderboard after entering the day in 24th. Jacques’ third-round performance was the second best of the day (Texas A&M’s Ashley Knoll shot a 71). She was one of 11 golfers named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
"Kelly's finish was huge for us," OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. "Her round was exceptional in the swirling wind. She earned a well-deserved finish and a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Kelly led the team under pressure in the final round."
Heather Wright finished in a tie for 20th place after carding a final-round 78 (+6), marking her fourth career top-20 finish. Freshman Chelsey Collins and sophomore Kendall Dye each shot a final-round 82 to finish in a tie for 32nd-place and 42nd, respectively. Senior Megan Goodwin’s 76 (+4) was the second-best round for the Sooners on the day. Goodwin climbed six spots to tie for 46th.
"We're very happy with our finish," Ludvigson said. "Of course we wanted to pick up two more shots to go ahead of Nebraska, but beating Missouri should help our chances on a regional bid. We're not ready for our season to end. We're just beginning to play close to our potential."
After starting the day in second place, Texas A&M fought back in the final round to reclaim the top spot over Oklahoma State by five strokes for its second consecutive league title. The Aggies shot a three-round 911 (+37).
Kansas’ Amanda Costner earned medalist honors after leading the individual competition after all three rounds. Costner shot a 77 Wednesday and became the first golfer from Kansas to win the individual Big 12 crown.