Despite OU’s solid showing in the conference event, the team did not receive a bid to compete in NCAA postseason play and its season came to an end.
Seven months earlier,
The spring season saw several Sooners step up to lead the team to improved performances. OU competed in six spring events and finished seventh or better in five of them. The squad’s best placing was fifth at its final tournament of the season the Big 12 Championships.
Juniors Heather Wright and Kelly Jacques were constants in the spring lineup.
Wright shot a 221 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic to finish in a tie for 15th. Wright also led the Sooners in their annual home tournament, the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, by shooting a 218 (+2) to land in a tie for 12th place. The
Jacques was the top Sooner finisher at all five fall tournaments, tying for sixth place at the Badger Invitational and seventh at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational. Despite her impressive first-semester showing, the
Sophomore Kendall Dye finished in a career-best second-place tie at the Mountain View Collegiate March 24-25 in
Freshman Chelsey Collins posted top-20 finishes at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (T15) and the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic (T16). Collins, who competed in all six tournaments of the spring, tied an 18-hole low for this year’s Sooners, shooting a 4-under-par 68 in the second round of her first collegiate tournament, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. OU’s other -4 effort was recorded by Dye at the Mountain View Collegiate.
Freshman Andrea Sellmeyer saw action in five tournaments in her first season as a Sooner. The
Seniors Megan Goodwin and Jaclyn Stelzer consistently saw time in the
Staci Smoot opened the season with a career-best fifth-place finish at the Badger Invitational. The Jeannine McHaney Invitational also produced personal best scores for the sophomore as she turned in a second-round 71 and a 54-hole 232.
Redshirt freshman Ryanne Elmer, sophomore Sydney Lee and freshman Joyce Trus each took turns in the lineup to help impact the Sooners. Elmer competed in three tournaments, while Lee and Trus each competed in two.
All told, the Sooners posted nine top-10 team finishes, their most since the 2002-03 campaign. Wright was followed in scoring average by Jacques (75.9), Dye (77.0), Collins (77.4), Lee (77.5), Sellmeyer (77.9), Goodwin (78.3), Stelzer (79.4), Smoot (80.2), Elmer (80.7) and Trus (83.3).
Head coach Carol Ludvigson’s squad excelled off the course, per usual. Seniors Jaclyn Stelzer and Megan Goodwin, junior Kelly Jacques and sophomore Kendall Dye were all named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.