March 30, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The 26th-ranked Oklahoma women’s golf team fired a first-round 296 (+8) Friday to finish the day in a tie for eighth-place at the 17-team Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
The Sooners are ahead of three top-25 teams in a talented field that boasts 12 teams in the top 40, including two in the top 10.
“We made a few bogeys early and came back with some birdies late in the round,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. “I am very proud of the way we hung in there today.”
With 36 holes remaining, the Sooners trail frontrunner No. 2 Alabama by 19 strokes but are only nine strokes out of the top five.
The Sooners were led by junior Jacki Marshall, who carded a personal-best 72 in the first round of the tournament. Marshall finished the round strong by birdying the last three holes.The junior boasted five birdies and stands in a tie for 16th place out of 90 competitors.
Junior Taylor Schmidt, who is coming off a top-10 finish at the Clover Cup, shot a one-over 73 and ended the round in a tie for 25th place.
Sophomore Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who also finished in the Clover Cup’s top 10, ended the day in a tie for 37th place after carding a 2-over 74. The Thailand native recorded three birdies.
Fellow sophomores Anne-Catherine Tanguay and Emily Collins both scored a 77 (+5) and are tied for 61st place.
With only nine strokes separating the Sooners from the top five, Drouin is confident her team can make a run for another strong finish.
“We still have a lot of golf left,” said Drouin. “We just need to be patient and stick to our game plan.”
The Sooners tee off for the second round on Saturday at 8 a.m. CT. Live stats are available on Golfstat.com.