NORMAN, Okla -- The fourth-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s golf team is back in action this weekend when it hosts the inaugural three-day, 54-hole Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club Saturday through Monday in Norman. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma is coming off a second-place finish in the highly competitive Dale McNamara Fall Preview in Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 9-11. The Sooners finished just four strokes behind No. 1-ranked USC. Senior Chirapat Jao-Javanil placed at the top of the Sooners’ lineup, tying for 12th place with a 212 (+2).
The Schooner Fall Classic features six teams ranked in Golfweek’s top 25 and is the only tournament OU will host during the 2013-14 season. Fifth-year head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said her squad is anxious for the event to get started.
“We're excited to be hosting this new event,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “We have a great field coming to Norman and we hope they will enjoy the tournament. We always love playing in front of our home crowd. We hope to have a lot of fans out at Belmar Golf Club."
OU will tee off Saturday at 8:30 a.m. on hole 1 and be paired with Arizona State and Georgia.
TOURNAMENT FIELD (GOLFWEEK RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
Oklahoma State (7)
Arizona State (8)
Kent State (36)
1. Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Senior: Has competed in all 34 team events since arriving as a freshman … Coming off a 1-under par 69 in the final round of the Dale McNamara Fall Preview … Ranks second in OU career scoring average (74.36; +2.56) and third in par-or-better rounds (29) … Has recorded seven top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and 20 top-20 finishes in her career.
2. Alexandra Kaui, Freshman: Tied for 15th place in first collegiate tournament (Sept. 9-11 Dale McNamara Fall Preview) … Shot a low-round 70 (E) at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview … Came to OU as the No. 13 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings … Two-time Rolex Junior All-American … Member of USA team that won 2013 Junior Solheim Cup.
3. Emily Collins, Senior: Ranks fifth in OU career scoring average (75.79; +4.01) … Coming off a T39 finish at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview (+10) … Tied for second at the 2013 NCAA Central Regional in Norman last May … Has recorded three career top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and 11 top-20 finishes.
4. Kaitlyn Rohrback, Senior: Tied for 15th place at season-opening Dale McNamara Fall Preview … First round 69 at Dale McNamara marked her second collegiate round in the 60s … Tied for third place at the 2012 Alamo Invitational, shooting a career-best 212 (-4) … Played first two seasons at Tennessee.
5. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Senior: 2012 NCAA individual champion … Two-time first-team All-American … Coming off a 12th-place tie at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview, shooting a +2 … Ranks first in school history in career scoring (73.06; +1.26) … Won an OU-record-tying five tournaments during her career.
Individual: Maggie Neece, Freshman: Four-year varsity member at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School and two-year team MVP ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Recorded six top-10 AJGA finishes and 15 top-25 showings ... A two-time participant in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.
The Belmar Golf Club is a 6,082-yard, par-70 track for the Schooner Fall Classic.
Teams and individuals will compete in 54 holes of stroke play over three days (18 holes each Saturday, Sunday and Monday). Play begins each day at 8:30 a.m. CDT from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
Live scoring and results will be available at BirdieFire.com.
After a cold front moves through the area late Friday night, Saturday temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 60s with a 30 percent chance of rain and a north/northwest wind between 15 and 20 mph. Sunday temperatures and wind will be the same, with a zero percent chance of rain. Monday’s temperatures are predicted to climb into the high 70s with no chance of rain and winds out of the northeast around 10 mph.
OK KIDS KORRAL
All proceeds from the Schooner Fall Classic will go directly to fund operational costs of OK Kids Korral.
OK Kids Korral is an Oklahoma tax exempt organization and a project of the Toby Keith Foundation. OK Kids Korral is located at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and will serve as a cost-free home away from home for children battling cancer.
The 25,000-square-foot, two-story facility features 16 guest suites, a gourmet kitchen, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, movie theatre, family resource room and much more. In addition, a special wing will provide a neutropenic reverse air flow system which creates a cleaner environment for patients to breathe, which is critical in fighting off infection. The facility is scheduled to open Nov. 1, 2013.
To learn more about OK Kids Korral, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.