April 29, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's golf team shot a third-round 296 (+6) Sunday and claimed the Big 12 Championship at the par-70 Lawrence Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan. It was the second Big 12 title for the Sooners, who posted a three-round 904 (+64) amid rainy and windy conditions to beat second-place Texas by seven shots.
OU, which entered the championship ranked No. 32 by GolfWeek, also finished eight shots in front of third-place Baylor and nine ahead of Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Texas A&M finished in sixth place and was followed by Texas Tech in seventh, Kansas State in eighth, Missouri in ninth and Kansas in 10th. Seven of the 10 teams are ranked in the nation's top 50.
"This is just an incredible feeling," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "We have been working hard all year to be the Big 12 champs and we did it. I'm so proud of our girls. Everyone played solid and it's been a great week for us. We're not done yet, though. We have regionals in the next couple weeks so we are going to go back home and we will get ready for the next step."
Four Sooners finished in the top 16. Sophomore Chirapat Jao-Javanil just missed out on medalist honors, finishing in a second-place tie out of 50 golfers (one shot behind Texas A&M's Mary Michael Maggio). Jao-Javanil shot a third-round 75 (+5), bringing her three-round total to 220 (+10). By finishing in the top 10, she was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year.
Fellow sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay also made the all-tourney squad by finishing in fourth place with a 222 (+12). She shot a 4-over 74 Sunday for her fourth career top-10 finish.
Junior Jacki Marshall came up big for the Sooners in the third round as she shot a team-best 73 (+3) to move up three spots to finish in a tie for 16th place. It marked her second top-20 career finish as a Sooner. Marshall was joined in 16th place by Taylor Schmidt, who shot a final-round 74 (+4).
Sophomore Emily Collins carded a third-round 76 (+6) to end the tournament in a tie for 35th place.
"I'm so proud of my team," said Jao-Javanil. "Individually, putts didn't fall for me today but it turned out OK. Both Coach V (Veronique Drouin) and Coach G (assistant Gerrod Chadwell) were great help on the course and I'm really happy with us winning the Big 12. It is definitely a dream come true. Everyone has been working so hard and I'm happy for everyone that it is paying off."
OU's only other Big 12 title came in 2000 under former head coach Carol Ludvigson. The Sooners won that year at Lubbock Country Club in Lubbock, Texas.
Next up for OU is a trip to NCAA regionals May 10-12. The Sooners will play at the Penn State Golf Course in State College, Pa., The Ohio State University Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, or the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. OU's destination will be announced Monday, April 30, at 8 p.m. CT in a selection show to be televised on NCAA.com.