Sooners Head to Florida
February 15, 2009

Feb. 15, 2009

NORMAN, Okla.-  The University of Oklahoma women's golf team returns to action Feb. 16-17  for the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla.  The 15-team tournament, hosted by Michigan State University, will be played at the 6,099-yard, par-72 River Wilderness Golf and Country Club.

Competing for the Sooners will be seniors Kendall Dye and Staci Smoot, junior Andrea Sellmeyer, sophomore Ellen Mueller and freshman Kelly Short.

This will mark OU's third visit to the Central District Invitational.  The Sooners grabbed a fifth-place finish in 2002, and last year claimed 11th place.  Coming off of an 11th-place finish at last week's 16-team Lady Puerto Rico Classic, OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said she hopes her squad can post a top-five finish against a highly competitive field.

Central District Preview Notes

"This is a quick turnaround, but the team seems ready and knows that we have a lot of work to do in beating some teams this week," Ludvigson said.  "I would like to see a tournament where we putt and chip really well with no high numbers on the scorecard."

The Sooners will be going up against 11 teams ranked in the top 50 by Golfweek, including No. 8 Duke, No. 10 Auburn, No. 14 LSU, No. 17 Purdue, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 21 Kent State, No. 31 Ohio State, No. 37 TCU, No. 41 Texas, No. 42 South Carolina and No. 45 Michigan.  Other participants include Big 12 members Iowa State, Kansas and Missouri.

A shotgun start will commence play both days at 8 a.m. ET, with 36 holes played on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.  Live scoring of the Central District Invitational will be available at


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