AUSTIN, Texas The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team topped eight of nine unranked squads to finish in seventh place at the 15-team Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. OU’s three-round total of 934 (+70) at the par-72, 6,290-yard University of Texas Golf Club bested conference rivals Iowa State, Nebraska and Kansas. The lone unranked squad the Sooners did not defeat was tournament host Texas who finished in a tie for fifth.
No. 18 Purdue won the team title with a score of 43 over (907). The Lady Boilermakers made up 26 strokes on overnight leader Texas, shooting a tournament-low 4-over-par 292 in the final round. The battle for second was hotly contested as five teams would finish within seven strokes of runner-up TCU.
Maria Hernandez completed the tournament sweep for Purdue, taking home medalist honors with a three-round total of 1-over-par (217). Hernandez fired a final round score of 70 to overtake overnight leader Kelley Louth of Texas, who entered Sunday’s play as the only player in the tournament in red figures. Louth would shoot 81 (+9) and finish in fourth.
Freshman Andrea Sellmeyer, who was competing unattached from team scoring, led all OU competitors with her 13th place finish. The McAlester, Okla., native finished with rounds of 78, 69 and 80 for her best collegiate finish. Sellmeyer’s second-round 69 marked the fourth lowest all-time round recorded by a Sooner.
Megan Goodwin led Oklahoma in the team standings, finishing in a tie for 20th. The Lawton, Okla., senior was steady throughout, carding rounds of 78, 77 and 78. Goodwin finished the tournament without making anything worse than bogey in 54 holes of play.
Kelly Jacques was a stroke back of Goodwin, finishing in a tie for 24th at 17 over. Jacques bogeyed her first two holes of the round before completing a stretch of seven straight pars midway through her final round. The junior would bogey four of the next five before finishing strong by parring her final four holes.
Heather Wright finished in 28th place while freshman Chelsey Collins posted a 31st place showing. The two shot matching 79s in Sunday’s final round.
Rounding out the Oklahoma team scoring was Kendall Dye who rebounded from yesterday’s 83 with a final-round 77 to finish in a tie for 42nd. Dye jumped nine sports in the individual standings with her 5-over-par finish on Sunday.
Jaclyn Stelzer, who was competing unattached from team scoring along with Sellmeyer, finished in a tie for 61st after rounds of 84, 80 and 81.
The Sooners return to the links Saturday, March 24, at the Mountainview Classic in Tucson, Ariz.
1. Purdue, 307- 308 - 292 = 907 (+43)
2. TCU, 306 309 303 = 918 (+54)
3. Baylor, 317- 306 298 = 921 (+57)
4. Arkansas, 306 309 308 = 923 (+59)
T5. SMU, 313 308 304 = 925 (+61)
T5. Texas, 303 304 318 = 925 (+61)
7. OKLAHOMA, 316 306 312 = 934 (+70)
1. Maria Hernandez, Purdue, 77-70-70 = 217 (+1)
2. Stacy Lewis, Arkansas, 76-72-70 = 218 (+2)
3. Hannah Burke, Baylor, 74-73-73 = 220 (+4)
4. Kelley Louth, Texas, 69-71-81 = 221 (+5)
5. Kate Ackerson, SMU, 78-73-71 = 222 (+6)
OU INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
13. Andrea Sellmeyer, 78-69-80 = 227 (+11)
T20. Megan Goodwin, 78-77-78 = 233 (+17)
T24. Kelly Jacques, 77-79-78= 234 (+18)
T28. Heather Wright, 82-75-79 = 236 (+20)
T31. Chelsey Collins, 83-75-79 = 237 (+21)
T42. Kendall Dye, 79-83-77 = 239 (+23)
T61. Jaclyn Stelzer, 84-80-81 = 245 (+29)