May 23, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The 28th-ranked Oklahoma women's golf team dropped to 13th place after shooting a 299 (+11) in the second round of the 24-team NCAA Championships on Wednesday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The Sooners, who began the day in ninth place, hold a two-day total of 593 (+17) and are just three strokes out of the top 10. They are also only 10 shots out of the top five with two rounds remaining.
Second-ranked Alabama is atop the team leaderboard with a 571 (-5), 11 strokes in front of second-place North Carolina, UCLA and Virginia.
"We still have a lot of golf left," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "We've come from behind at both the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Regional. Our girls have a great mindset and know how to fight back. We're going to go take care of business tomorrow and see what happens."
OU sophomore Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil is in a tie for sixth place out of 126 competitors with a two-day total of 142 (-2). The Thailand native shot a 73 (+1) in the second round after a 3-under 69 on Tuesday.
Alabama's Brooke Pancake leads the field at 6 under par and is followed by Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro at 4 under. Three golfers are tied for third at 3 under.
After narrowly missing a handful of birdie putts, Jao-Javanil said she is confident that her shots will begin to fall and that she'll be in contention for the school's first individual national title come Friday.
"I wasn't able to get my momentum going but I was still able to par most of the holes," said Jao-Javanil, who is ranked 59th nationally by Golfstat. "I feel like closing my round with a birdie can give me a good push going into tomorrow."
Fellow sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay is tied for 16th place with a 1-over 145. The sophomore carded a second-round 73 (+1) and is just two strokes out of the top 10.
Junior Taylor Schmidt eagled the par-5 ninth hole Wednesday en route to a 3-over 75. Schmidt is tied for 53rd with a 36-hole score of 149 (+5).
Freshman Emily Collins shot a second-round 78 (+6) and is tied for 112th with a 157, while junior Jacki Marshall is tied for 117th with a 159 after shooting an 80 (+8).
The Big 12 champion Sooners trail conference foe Texas by one stroke and Texas A&M (17th place) and Baylor (19th). Individual golfers from Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are also representing the Big 12 at the national championships.
Oklahoma will tee off from the No. 1 tee on Thursday morning starting at 8:36 CT. The Sooners will be paired with golfers from North Carolina State and Colorado. Live scoring is available at NCAA.com.