Sept. 24, 2008
Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's golf team placed 11th at the season-opening Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo., by firing a 301 (+13) in the final round of action Wednesday at the 6,605-yard, par-72 Highlands Ranch Golf Course. Host school Denver captured first place by 27 strokes with a three-round score of 853 (-11).
OU's third-round performance was its best of the event and tied as the seventh best on the day among the 13-team field.
"We did a lot better today, made good decisions and putted so much better," OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said as her team prepared to return to Norman. "Obviously, we didn't finish how we wanted, but we did some very good things today to use as momentum for the next tournament."
Kendall Dye was OU's top finisher, tying for 19th place with a three- round 226 (+10). It marked her 13th career top-20 finish. The senior rebounded nicely from an 8-over-par second round to shoot 2-over Wednesday. She registered three birdies on the day.
Freshman Brooke Collins, playing individually, excelled in her OU debut and tied for 24th place by firing a 76 (+4) in the third round. She finished with a total score of 228 (+12).
Just three strokes behind Collins was Ellen Mueller. The sophomore entered the last day in 18th place but fell to 29th with a final-round 80.
Freshman Kelly Short placed a respectable 32nd in her first collegiate tournament with a total score of 232 (+16). She shot a 3-over-par 75 in the final round with a birdie and only four bogeys.
Junior Andrea Sellmeyer tied for 52nd at 238 (+22), but saved her best round for last. She registered a 2-over-par 74 in the final round, tying Dye for OU's best 18 holes on the day.
Sophomore transfer Sara Hemingway rounded out the Sooners' scoring by finishing in a tie for 57th place at 240 (+24).
"We are excited about our two freshmen and feel they will make a huge impact in our lineup in the future," Ludvigson said of Collins and Short. "We have some work ahead of us, but I am proud of the team's comeback today after such a poor result yesterday. This team has a very good attitude and never gives up."
The Sooners get back to action on October 6 at the Windy City Collegiate Championships in Evanston, Ill.
1. Denver: 287-286-280=853 (-11)
2. TCU: 305-289-286=880 (+16)
3. San Jose State: 293-298-297=888 (+24)
4. UC Irvine: 304-292-298=894 (+30)
5. Arkansas-Little Rock: 314-296-298=908 (+44)
6. Kentucky: 302-301-310=913 (+49)
T7. UC Davis: 310-301-305=916 (+52)
T7. Baylor: 311-301-304=916 (+52)
9. Iowa State: 317-300-301=918 (+54)
10. UNC Wilmington: 314-305-300=919 (+55)
11. Oklahoma: 306-315-301=922 (+58)
12. Wyoming: 302-318-305=925 (+61)
13. Northern Colorado: 322-317-324=963 (+99)
1. Stephanie Sherlock, Denver: 67-71-68=206 (-10)
2. Jane Chin, UC Irvine: 69-67-72=208 (-8)
3. Erica Moston, San Jose State: 68-72-70=210 (-6)
4. Rachel Raastad, TCU: 75-67-69=211 (-5)
5. Dawn Shockley, Denver: 68-73-72=213 (-3)
T19. Kendall Dye: 72-80-74=226 (+10)
T24. Brooke Collins (Individual): 81-71-76=228 (+12)
T29. Ellen Mueller: 76-75-80=231 (+15)
32. Kelly Short: 81-76-75=232 (+16)
T52. Andrea Sellmeyer: 80-84-74=238 (+22)
T57. Sara Hemingway: 78-84-78=240 (+24)