NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team will travel to Waco, Texas, for the 2007 Big 12 Championships April 16-18, to be played at the par-72, 6,469-yard Ridgewood Country Club. Baylor will host the 54-hole tournament with one round scheduled each day.
OU returns to the links after finishing sixth and placing three golfers in the top-25 at last week’s 18-team Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman.
Leading Oklahoma into the league championships is Heather Wright, who guided the Sooners in the final round on their home turf last week. The junior from Houston, Texas, shot consistently (72-74-72) to finish in a tie for 12th place.
Also competing for OU will be freshman Chelsey Collins, sophomore Kendall Dye, junior Kelly Jacques and senior Megan Goodwin.
“This lineup has been changing throughout the semester,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. “But I am very happy with the lineup we’ve settled on. Chelsey is really coming around and with Kendall playing better and Heather leading the team, I feel very confident in our chances to win.”
All 12 conference teams will compete in the event: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, OU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
“I think we’re ready to break through and have a great tournament,” Ludvigson said. “We definitely have the talent to contend, but everyone will have to put it all out there and focus from start to finish. These athletes have the heart and desire, it’s time that they are rewarded for all of their work.”
Oklahoma hopes to take home the championship trophy for the first time since 2000. The Sooners are only one of four Big 12 schools to capture the women’s title. Oklahoma State has won it five times while Texas and Texas A&M have won it twice each.
Texas A&M won last year's title while the Sooners finished in 10th place. Defending medalist Ashley Knoll of Texas A&M is the highest ranked player (No. 9 by GolfStat) in this week's event.
First-round action of the three-day tournament begins Monday at 9 a.m. CDT. The second round will be played Tuesday at 9 a.m. and the final round will begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.