Oct. 6, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma women’s golf team turned in its best day of the young fall season Monday and stands in third place through 36 holes at the 13-team Windy City Collegiate Championships in Skokie, Ill.
The Sooners carded a two-round 602 (+26) on the day and trail leader Purdue by 11 strokes and second-place Michigan by three shots. Arizona, which led after Monday’s morning round, and TCU trail OU by one stroke.
“We had a day of hard work and very determined attitudes,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said of her Sooners. “Tomorrow will be a day of taking it one shot at a time and making smart decisions into the greens.”
Ellen Mueller was stellar for the Sooners all day, shooting a career-best 1-under 71 in the first round and an even-par second 18 to stand alone in second place. The sophomore birdied five times in the morning round, including on three consecutive holes at one point, and three more times in the afternoon. She trails leader Junthima Gulyanamitta of Purdue by five strokes.
“My goal today was to have fun and just not get frustrated,” Mueller said. “We’ve been working so hard, especially with putting this week. I was able to get a few puts off the back today and it really helped my confidence.”
Also turning in strong performances on Monday were senior Kendall Dye and sophomore Sara Hemingway, both of whom shot a 150 (+6) and sit in a seven-way tie for ninth place.
“Kendall had a good ball-striking day and just needs to stay patient on making some putts,” Ludvigson said. “I was happy to see consistency from Sara, which really helped our team. I am looking forward to a great day for all of our golfers tomorrow.”
Freshman Brooke Collins, who is playing in her second collegiate event, carded a 159 (+15) to place her in a tie for 46th place. Her older sister, Chelsey Collins, a junior who is making her season debut, shot a 169 (+25) and is in 65th place.
“We just have to keep our heads into it,” Mueller said, referring to Tuesday’s final round. “Tomorrow is another day and we’re just going try and play the same way we did today.”
Final-round action at the 6,350-yard, par-72 Evanston Golf Club will start Tuesday morning. Live tournament scoring can be followed at www.golfstat.com.
1. Purdue: 301-290=591 (+15)
2. Michigan: 300-299=599 (+23)
3. Oklahoma: 301-301=602 (+26)
T4. Arizona: 297-306=603 (+27)
T4. TCU: 306-297=603 (+27)
6. Texas: 308-303=611 (+35)
7. Northwestern: 311-301=612 (+36)
T8. Illinois: 314-299=613 (+37)
T8. Iowa State: 303-310=613 (+37)
10. East Carolina: 320-301=621 (+45)
11. UNC Wilmington: 309-313=622 (+46)
12. UNLV: 318-310=628 (+52)
13. Texas State: 312-320=632 (+56)
1. Junthima Gulyanamitta, Purdue: 69-69=138(-6)
2. Ellen Mueller, Oklahoma: 71-72=143 (-1)
3. Maria Hernandez, Purdue: 77-67=144 E
4. Min Yean Tan, Michigan: 72-74=146 (+2)
T5. Brooke Beeler, TCU: 75, 72=147 (+3)
T5. Innapha Tantanavivat, Northwestern: 76-71=147 (+3)
7. Milena Savich, Michigan: 72-76=148 (+4)
8. Carmen Perez, UNC Wilmington: 71-78=149 (+5)
T9. Ashley Bauer, Michigan: 76-74=150 (+6)
T9. Isabelle Boineau, Arizona: 74-76= 150 (+6)
T9. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma: 75-75=150 (+6)
T9. Sara Hemingway, Oklahoma: 75-75=150 (+6)
T9. Amber Littman, East Carolina: 76-74=150 (+6)
T9. Margarita Ramos, Arizona: 74-76=150 (+6)
T9. Victoria Stefansen, Iowa State: 74-76=150 (+6)
2. Ellen Mueller: 71-72=143 (-1)
T9. Sara Hemingway: 75-75=150 (+6)
T9. Kendall Dye: 75-75=150 (+6)
T46. Brooke Collins: 80-79=159 (+15)
65. Chelsey Collins: 83-86=169 (+25)