March 29, 2012
By Andrew Gilman | SoonerSports.com
NORMAN, Okla. -- Anne-Catherine Tanguay didn't make a prediction.
But she kind of came close.
"I think maybe we're due," said the Sooner sophomore. "I think everyone's game is peaking. I think we're ready to go."
Well, it makes sense.
All signs point to Tanguay being correct. The Sooners are playing their best golf of the season. They are ranked No. 26 in the country by GolfWeek and No. 25 by Golfstat. Meanwhile, the Sooners have put together back-to-back second-place finishes in their past two tournaments and are loaded with confidence heading into this weekend's 54-hole tournament, The Liz Murphey Classic in Athens, Ga.
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic | Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1
"We expect a lot," Tanguay said. "And I think our expectations are high."
While the Sooners are playing well, this weekend's tournament will be a good indicator of how well OU stacks up nationally. All 17 teams competing are ranked in the top 100 in the country and 12 of the teams are in GolfWeek's top 40.
"It will be huge for us," head coach Veronique Drouin said. "It's kind of (an NCAA) regional-type field and it will be good for us to compare our games with the best teams in the country."
So far, OU's lineup has done well. The Sooners are led by sophomore Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil, who is ranked No. 54 individually by Golfweek. She has four top-10 finishes and two wins. Tanguay has a pair of top-10 finishes this season (one title) and so does junior Taylor Schmidt.
"I go to every tournament trying to play my best," Jao-Javanil said. "Everyone has been working hard. It's like a pat on the back for all of us. Hopefully we'll come out on top."
OU finished 11th last season in NCAA Regionals and didn't qualify for the national tournament. This season, the Sooners seem set to make a stronger push for the NCAA Championships.
"We're more than ready to go," Schmidt said. "The team dynamic is good. The team chemistry is good and the coaches have been influential."
The Liz Murphey Collegiate will be held Friday through Sunday at the University of Georgia Golf Course, with 18 holes being played each day. Live stats will be available on Golfstat.com.
The Sooners' lineup will consist of Jao-Javanil, Tanguay, Schmidt, sophomore Emily Collins and junior Jacki Marshall.