Sept. 21, 2011
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team fought hard in Wednesday’s final round of the 18-team Golfweek Conference Challenge in Edwards, Colo., catapulting from sixth to first place on the final day to earn the 41st title in program history.
The 27th-ranked Sooners shot a third-round 291 (+3) at the par-72 Red Sky Fazio Golf Course, good for the lowest round of the entire tournament. The competitive field featured 11 top-50 teams.
Seven different squads held the lead during the final round but the Sooners played their best golf down the stretch and finished on top with a three-round total of 899 (+35), five strokes better than second-place UC Davis’ 904 (+40).
“We played awesome today,” said third-year OU head coach Veronique Drouin, whose Sooners also won the Dale McNamara Invitational last October. “We fought hard and had to come back to win this tournament. I am so proud of the way the girls played. We made clutch birdies down the stretch, which is how we were able to come out on top.”
Sophomore Chirapat “Ja” Jao-Javanil led the Sooner charge, claiming medalist honors for the first time in her collegiate career after shooting even par in the final round. Jao-Javanil’s three-round 217 (+1) was good for a three-shot win over three competitors who tied for second place. She recorded nine birdies and an eagle during the tournament, including five birdies on Wednesday. It marked the seventh time in Jao-Javanil’s 13 collegiate events that the Thailand native has finished in the top-10.
“Ja played solid for us all week,” said Drouin. “She works hard and is consistent, and I am so happy she got the individual win.”
Joining Jao-Javanil in the top-10 was sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who climbed her way to tie for eighth place in the 90-player field. Tanguay shot a final-round 75 (+3) to bring her three-round total to 244 (+8). It marked her second top-10 finish as a Sooner.
Junior Taylor Schmidt and sophomore Jade Staggs came up big for the Sooners in the final round, each shooting a 72 to help Oklahoma take the lead. Schmidt, who finished tied for 39th, improved upon her second-round score by 11 strokes and finished with a three-round 232 (+16). Staggs, who finished tied for 43rd, was nine strokes better than on Tuesday and finished with a 233 (+17). She registered five birdies during a seven-hole stretch in the final round.
Junior Jacki Marshall finished tied for 61st after posting a three-round total of 238 (+22).
The Sooners will be back in action Oct. 16-18 when they host the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.