Oct. 12, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team returns to the links Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 13-15) at the 18-team Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State University will host the 54-hole tournament at the 6,319-yard, par-72 New Mexico State University Golf Course.
”This is a thinking course and a position course, especially off the tee,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. “Our goal is to pick conservative targets but have aggressive swings. The team is confident and seems to be ready to play with a good gameplan.”
This marks the Sooners' fourth consecutive appearance at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational. After a 20th-place finish in 2005 and a 16th-place effort in 2006, Oklahoma captured the team championship last year.
”We are excited about coming back here and defending our title,” Ludvigson said. “I feel we have our destiny in our hands since there are five teams that are ranked ahead of us at this time.”
The lineup for the Sooners includes Kendall Dye, a senior who tied for ninth place with a 224 (+8) at last week's Windy City Collegiate Championships to mark her fourth career top-10 finish. Sophomore Ellen Mueller was OU's top golfer in Illinois last week, finishing in third place with a three-round score of 220 (+4), a career best. She also fired a career-low 1-under 71 in the first round.
OU's three newcomers will also represent the team in New Mexico. Sophomore Sara Hemingway and freshman Brooke Collins will be competing in their third consecutive tournaments and freshman Kelly Short will be playing in her second. Senior Staci Smoot will participate individually in her first tournament of the 2008-09 season.
“I am looking forward to Brooke and Kelly contributing because they are both so mentally tough that it just enhances the confidence of Kendall, Ellen and Sara,” Ludvigson said. “This team has a great attitude and a lot of heart. I would love to see them rewarded for their hard work and dedication.”
Seventeen other teams will compete in the tournament, including Baylor, Cincinnati, No.44 Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Kansas State, No.45 Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oral Roberts, Samford, San Diego State, No. 49 UC Davis, No. 39 UC Irvine and UTEP.
Eighteen holes will be played each day with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MST on Monday and Tuesday, then at 7:45 a.m. MST on Wednesday.
Kendall Dye: Senior who earned her fourth career top-10 finish (ninth place) last week at the Windy City Collegiate Championships
Ellen Mueller: Sophomore who is coming off a third-place finish at the Windy City Collegiate Championships last week (second-best career finish)
Sara Hemingway: Sophomore who finished in a career-best 23rd place at the Windy City Collegiate Championships last week
Brooke Collins: Freshman who finished 24th and 40th in her first two collegiate events
Kelly Short: Freshman who placed in a respectable 32nd place at her first collegiate tournament in late September
Staci Smoot: Senior who is competing her first tournament of the 2008-09 season; competed in five events last year (79.36 average)