Sept. 4, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's golf team is back in Norman after several members of the squad had a busy and successful summer competing in local, regional and national tournaments.
Sophomore Brooke Collins (Louisville, Colo.) competed in the Colorado Women's Open at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colo., May 27-29. Collins carded a three-round 219 (+3), including a 4-under-par 68 in the final round, to tie for seventh place. She finished five strokes behind former Sooner Kendall Dye, who took second place.
After winning the individual Oklahoma Class 6A state title in May, freshman Aly Seng (Enid, Okla.) won the consolation championship at the Women's Oklahoma Golf Association (WOGA) Match Play Championship, 4 and 3, over Bartlesville's Jennifer Hoyt at the Shawnee Country Club on June 17.
Taylor Schmidt (Ontario, Canada), who is OU's other incoming freshman, and junior Ellen Mueller (Evansville, Ind.,) qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship that was held in Devens, Mass., June 20-25. Mueller punched her qualifying ticket after advancing to the round of 32 at last year's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Schmidt, meanwhile, qualified at the Totteridge Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa., earlier in the month. Schmidt shot a 36-hole 157 (+13) during stroke play and missed the cut to advance to match play. Mueller advanced to match play but was defeated in the round of 32, 3 and 2, by Massachusetts native Brittany Altomare.
"(Altomare) had a huge crowd following her," Mueller said following the match. "I was able to one-up her early, but toward the end she made a birdie with the crowd backing her. She started to make birdies and gain momentum. (Weather and course) conditions weren't ideal, but it was still a good experience."
Senior Chelsey Collins (Louisville, Colo.) made a comeback from what seemed to be a period of struggle in her golfing career by winning the Colorado Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship in Denver on June 25. Collins defeated 2008 CWGA Stroke Play champion Ashley Tait, 4 and 3, in the title match.
On July 20-21, Mueller took home medalist honors at the WOGA Stroke Play Championship in Stillwater, Okla., after firing a two-round 144 (+4). Seng finished in second, three strokes behind Mueller.
"I played pretty solid and if I couldn't win I was happy for Ellen that she did," Seng said. "I came up a little short, but I thought I played solid both days."
Mueller made her return to the U.S. Women's Amateur, held Aug. 3-9 at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Carding a two-round 155 (+13) in stroke play, Mueller came within four strokes of advancing to the match play portion of the tournament.
On August 4-9, Schmidt competed at the 2009 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship at the Hampton Golf Club in Hampton, New Brunswick. Schmidt led the tournament field of 106 competitors after firing an opening-round 2-under-par 71 and finished the four-round event in 15th place.
The Sooners open the fall season under first-year head coach Veronique Drouin at the Texas A&M "Mo" Morial tournament Sept. 11-13 in Bryan, Texas.