NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 16 Oklahoma women’s golf team is in first place after two rounds at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. The Sooners played 36 holes Monday and recorded a first-round 308 and shot the tournament’s best round of the day, a 294, in the second round to finish with a 602 (+26). The Sooners lead the field by six strokes.
Oklahoma is hosting the tournament held at the 6,013-yard, par-72, Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman, Okla.
Leading all competition is senior Lisa Meldrum who is in first place after carding a first-round 73 and a second-round 70, the lowest round of the day, for a one-under-par 143 heading into the final round. Senior Hope Edge is tied for 11th after carding a first-round 80 and an even-par 72 in the second round for a total of 152 (+8).
Sophomore Amparo Gala trails Edge by one stroke and is tied for 15th after carding a 77 and 76 in respective rounds. Junior Emily Milberger, the 2003 Susie Maxwell Champion, is tied for 30th after shooting a first-round 78 and second-round 79 for a total of 157 (+13). Freshman Jaclyn Stelzer rounds out the Sooner quintet and is tied for 35th with a 158 (+14) after shooting an 82 and 76 in respective rounds.
The Sooners had six girls who competed individually. Sophomore Cathryn Uselton had an impressive day after carding a career-low 74 in the first round and an 80 in the second round to finish tied for 16th with a 154 (+10). Junior Jenni Nimmo is tied for 50th with a 164 (+20) while freshman Alana Donaldson recorded a two-round 165 (+21) and is tied for 56th heading into final-round play.
Freshman Charli Bullard, competing in her first collegiate tournament, recorded a 166 (+22) and is tied for 59th. Sophomore Marie Turner is tied for 82nd with a 176 (+32) and sophomore Erin Goranson is in 85th with a 178 (+34).
“I was very pleased with our team’s will to come back today,” Head Coach Carol Ludvigson said. “I wasn’t worried after the first round, but I wasn’t pleased either. This team has character and they showed that today. I am extremely proud of Lisa Meldrum who has overcome some physical and mental struggles lately. She played great today.”
Final round play will start Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.