April 6, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women's golf team fired a final round 315 (+27) that landed it in second place at the 31st Annual Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Monday. The Sooners totaled a three-round 944 (+80), just three strokes back of first place Baylor at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman.
The Sooners ended day one of competition in first place, four shots ahead of Oral Roberts, five shots ahead of Arkansas-Little Rock and six shots ahead of Baylor. Baylor carded a 306 (+18) in the final round, jumping to first place in front of the Sooners.
Last year’s home tournament ended with then-junior Kendall Dye taking home the first individual medalist honors for a Sooner since 2004 and her first career tournament win.
For the second year in a row, senior Dye nabbed first place by firing a tournament low 73 (+1) in the final round en route to a three-round total of 225 (+9). The Edmond native advanced her game every round, scoring a 77 (+5) and 75 (+3) through gusty winds and chilly temperatures to earn back-to-back titles at the event.
"It was a neat finish," Dye said. "I'm glad to see the Sooners at one and two. I'm so proud of Ellen and she's such a tough competitor. It hasn't soaked in yet, but I'm really excited. I'm glad to finish the regular season with a win and it's a relief to win on your home course."
Sophomore Ellen Mueller followed four strokes behind Dye to take second place of the tournament. She fired a three-round 229 (+13) for her third career top-five finish. Mueller carded a 76 (+4) for the first round and a 75 (+5) in the second.
“I’m extremely proud of both of them,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said of her top two winners. “It was interesting going into today seeing them encouraging one another and they were both pulling for each other throughout the round. They’ve shown consistency all year and I’m glad that they have been rewarded for all of their hard work.”
Freshman Kelly Short ended tied for 17th place by firing a final round 78 (+6), her personal best of the tournament for a three-round score of 239 (+23).
Junior Chelsey Collins tied for 61st place with an 87 (+15) on Monday for a three- round score of 254 (+38). Collins’ classmate Ryanne Elmer rounded out the scoring for the Sooners with a three-round 260 (+44) tying for 74th place.
Competing individually for Oklahoma was Sara Hemingway, who recorded her first Susie Maxwell finish tied for 11th, her top tournament finish in her short career at Oklahoma. The sophomore carded a three-round 237 (+21).
Freshman Brooke Collins, sister of junior golfer Chelsey Collins, matched her top tournament finish of 24th place with a final round 81 (+9) and three-round score of 241 (+25).
Senior Staci Smoot closed out her final competition at the Susie Maxwell with a final round 80 (+8) and a three-round 247 (+31), tying for 38th place position. Junior Andrea Sellmeyer carded a final round 89 (+17) and three-round score of 262 (+46).
“Obviously we’ve struggled with our fourth and fifth place positions, but I think that gives the team fire for the next few weeks to get all scores competitive for the championship,” Ludvigson said. “This tournament ending three strokes behind Baylor has been a good learning experience; a bittersweet feeling that gives us determined motivation.”
With the regular season slate completed, the Sooners get back to action at the the Big 12 Championship on April 24-26 in Lubbock, Texas.