Oct. 18, 2011
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's golf team is on a roll. The Sooners claimed their second straight tournament title Tuesday, winning the 17-team Susie Maxwell Berning Classic by one shot over Texas Tech in Norman.
OU also registered a second consecutive individual championship, as sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay won by three strokes at the 6,327-yard, par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
The Sooners and Florida State were tied for second place heading into the final round, seven shots behind Texas A&M. Oklahoma fired a third-round 300 on a cold and windy day to pass Texas A&M, and then had to hold off hard-charging Texas Tech down the stretch for a one-stroke win over the Red Raiders. OU's three-round 878 (+12) was five shots better than Florida State and Texas A&M, who shared third place.
After an even-par first round on Sunday, Tanguay was exceptional over the last 36 holes. The Quebec City, Quebec, product shot a career-best 67 (-5) Monday and followed with a 1-under 71 Tuesday to finish with a career-best three-round 210 (-6). She finished atop the 90-player leaderboard, recording her first collegiate win.
"The girls played solid all day," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "We were making some bogeys but so were the other teams. Mentally, it was pretty tough out here. The conditions were tough because it was gusty, but the girls hung in there. I am really proud of the way they played and the way they carried themselves. I am so happy for them.
"A.C. (Tanguay) really played awesome all week. It is a great feeling to see her have a good tournament. She has been so close the past few tournaments, and this time around she was really steady for us."
Tanguay carded 12 birdies during the tournament's 54 holes and registered only six bogeys. Her second round marked the first time in her life she shot no worse than par on any hole.
"I'm really happy with my performance and I was ready to go out there this morning," said Tanguay, who entered the final round with a one-shot lead. "No matter what the weather was going to be, I was going to bring my best. I wanted to win more for the team than for myself. I think this was a great opportunity for us to show what we have. I think we have all been working really hard for this. We also have a great fan club and parents who definitely helped motivate everyone throughout the week."
Oklahoma junior Taylor Schmidt finished tied for 10th place after carding a third-round 75 (+3). It was her fourth top-10 finish as a Sooner.
Sophomores Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil and Emily Collins finished the tournament tied for 19th place, each registering a three-round 224 (+8). Jao-Javanil shot a third-round 77 (+5) while Collins carded a third-round 78 (+6). Collins' round included a tap-in eagle on the par-5 13th hole.
Senior Brooke Collins finished the tournament on a strong note and tied for 55th place at +17. Her third-round 77 tied as her best round of the tournament.
Jacki Marshall, who competed as an individual, moved up from 53rd place to finish in a tie for 36th. The junior recorded a third-round 75 (+3) en route to a 229 total (+13).
Sophomore Jade Staggs and freshman Viktoria Lager also competed for the Sooner as individuals and shot respective third-round scores of 81 (+9) and 82 (+10). Staggs finished the tournament tied for 62nd place while Lager finished tied for 86th.
The Sooners, who also won the Golfweek Invitational Sept. 19-21 behind Jao-Javanil's first-place finish, have a quick turnaround as they head to Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 24-26 to compete in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.