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Sooners Prep for Windy City
October 04, 2009

Oct. 4, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. – For the second consecutive year, the University of Oklahoma women’s golf team will participate in the 15-team Windy City Collegiate Classic in Glenview, Ill., this Monday and Tuesday.  Hosted by Northwestern University, the 54-hole tournament will be played at The Glen Club (6,539-yard, par-72).

Last year, Oklahoma finished in fifth place out of 13 teams at the Windy City Collegiate, played then at the Evanston Golf Club.  Then-sophomore Ellen Mueller recorded a third-place finish while former Sooner senior Kendall Dye finished in ninth.

OU will face 14 other teams, including nine Golfweek top-50 squads.  The field features Purdue (No. 14), Arizona (No. 16), New Mexico (No. 17), TCU (No. 28), Tulane (No. 30), UNLV (No. 37), Northwestern (No. 41), Iowa State (No. 49), Illinois (No. 50), East Carolina, Notre Dame, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington.

Leading the Sooner lineup is Mueller (Evansville, Ind.), a junior who has notched a top-five finish and a top-15 finish in OU’s first two tournaments this season.  Sophomore Brooke Collins (Louisville, Colo.) joins the Sooner lineup for the second time this year.  Collins tied for 54th at the University of New Mexico Invitational in September.

Also competing for the second time this year is freshman Taylor Schmidt (Kincardine, Ontario).  Schmidt tied for 58th in her collegiate debut in New Mexico.  Sophomore Kelly Short (Muncie, Ind.,) will compete for the first time this season.  Short finished her freshman season with the third-best stroke average on the team (78.21.)  Rounding out the OU lineup will be freshman Aly Seng.  Seng tied for 36th at the Texas A&M “Mo” Morial, her first collegiate tournament, in September.

“This week’s lineup is young but talented,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin said.  “This is a strong field we’re up against, but the girls are definitely ready to play this week.  We’ve had some great practices and I hope it will make a difference in our play.”

The Sooners will play 36 holes Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT on Monday.  Tuesday’s final 18 will start at 8 a.m.

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