June 25, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma women’s golfer Ellen Mueller lost Thursday in the second round of match play at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in Devens, Mass. Mueller was defeated by Brittany Altomare of Shrewsbury, Mass., Thursday, 3 and 2.
The head-to-head matchup started well for Mueller as she held a one-hole lead after 10 holes. Altomare knotted things on the 11th and later birdied on the par-4 13th to go one up. Bogeys by Mueller on the 13th and 14th holes spelled the end of her day as Altomare managed par on both to advance to the quarterfinals.
“(Altomare) had a huge crowd following her,” Mueller said following the match. “I was able to one-up her early, but toward the end she made a birdie with the crowd backing her. She started to make birdies and gain momentum.”
Mueller, from Evansville, Ind., explained that rainy conditions since last Saturday affected the Red Tail Golf Club’s course quality. The loss aside, Mueller said the event was a good experience for her.
“The course was beautiful, but today was the first day we saw sunshine,” Mueller, an OU junior, said. “Conditions weren’t ideal, but it was still a good experience. There were top golfers from all over, especially college golfers.”
Mueller qualified for match play Monday and Tuesday by firing a two-round 148 (+4), which tied her for 28th place out of 156 golfers. Incoming OU freshman Taylor Schmidt recorded a 36-hole score of 157 (+13) during stroke play competition. Schmidt missed the cut for match play by five strokes in her first U.S. Public Links appearance.
Mueller said she and her teammates have a lot to look forward to when they return to school in August, as OU named Veronique Drouin its new head coach on Wednesday.
“She was able to call all of us last night,” Mueller said of Drouin. “She sounds like she’s excited and it’ll be nice to have a fresh face in there. We are all just anxious for the season to start and to hear her plans.”