Oct. 27, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's golf team will complete its fall season Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 28-29) at the 15-team Kent Youel Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawai'i. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the 6,140-yard, par-72 Kapolei Golf Course in Kapolei, Hawai'i.
The Sooners, who are ranked No. 58 by Golfweek, enter their fourth tournament of the year coming off of an impressive third-place finish two weeks ago at the Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. They have steadily improved with each competition since the beginning of the season.
Leading the lineup for the Sooners is true freshman Kelly Short, the top golfer for the Sooners two weeks ago in N.M, ending with a 225 (+9). Also headlining the OU lineup will be Kendall Dye, a senior who completed her 98th, 99th and 100th rounds as a Sooner in New Mexico.
"The team goal is to be top three and to have two or three individuals finish in the top 15," OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. "Seven schools are ranked ahead of us and our goal is to beat as many of those as we possibly can."
Sophomore Sara Hemingway will make her fourth straight appearance for the Sooners, along with true freshman Brooke Collins. Sophomore Ellen Mueller, who has played in every tournament for the Sooners since arriving at OU, will join the team as well.
"The course is pretty open, but could be very windy," Ludvigson said. "With elevated greens, we need to make sure we hit enough club into the greens. Putting will be extremely important. With the greens being bermuda, we'll have to work on speed -- especially on our lag puts."
OU has previously participated in the Kent Youel Invitational three times. In their last appearance in 2006, the Sooners placed ninth. They finished in third place in 2004 and captured the tournament title in 2003.
The Sooners will compete against Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Fresno State, No. 40 New Mexico, No. 30 Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, No. 39 San Francisco, No. 28 San Jose State, Southern Illinois, No. 14 Stanford, No. 26 UC Irvine and UC Riverside.
"We have the chance to win and have the talent to do it. We need to just really manage ourselves and our decision making on course management."
Play begins at 12:30 p.m. CDT both days with 36 holes played on Tuesday and 18 holes on Wednesday.
The OU Lineup
Kelly Short, Freshman, 76.2 Season Average: Freshman led the Sooners finishing in a tie for eighth at Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational
Kendall Dye, Senior, 75.3 Season Average: Shot a season-low 71 at last week's Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational and recorded her 100th round as a Sooner
Sara Hemingway, Sophomore, 77.6 Season Average: recorded a season and career low 74 in the first and third rounds at Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational
Brook Collins, Freshman, 76.9 Season Average: carded her best finish in a tie for 24th place and season-low 71 at this year's Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate
Ellen Mueller, Sophomore, 75.7 Season Average: Made her second career top-5 finish in 3rd place at this year's Windy City Collegiate