NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team carded a 308 (+28) in Saturday’s first round of the inaugural Schooner Fall Classic at the 6,082-yard, par-70 Belmar Golf Club in Norman and are in 12th place out of 15 teams.
The fourth-ranked Sooners struggled in the cool and windy conditions, recording 10 double bogeys in 18 holes. Freshman Alexandra Kaui (pronounced KOW-ee) said the weather contributed to the Sooners’ score today. When play began at 8:30 a.m., the temperature was 50 degrees and winds were out of the north at 20 mph.
“They were definitely difficult conditions,” Kaui said. “You had to hit good shots because the wind would exaggerate everything. For me, though, it was really just putting. I kept on three-putting, so that was really the source of all my strokes.”
Kaui finished at the top of the Oklahoma lineup with a 5-over-par 75 and was the only Sooner to finish the round without a double bogey. The tournament is only Kaui’s second collegiate event.
Senior Kaitlyn Rohrback finished two strokes behind Kaui, logging a 77 (+7). Rohrback recorded two birdies on the day.
Senior All-Americans Anne-Catherine Tanguay and Chirapat Jao-Javanil both finished the day with a 78 (+8). After struggling through the front nine, Jao-Javanil carded two birdies on the back nine to help her score.
Rounding out the Sooners’ scoring was senior Emily Collins, who recorded an 82 (+12).
Oklahoma State and Arizona State are at the top of the leaderboard after each shot a 293 (+13). Florida State (+14) is in third place, LSU (+15) in fourth and Kent State (+18) in fifth.
Fifth-year OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said that bad conditions or not, the Sooners need to come out ready in round two.
“Hopefully this will be a little bit of a reality check,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “There are some areas we need to work on. Hopefully tomorrow we come out and we’re ready to play better.”
The Sooners will tee off for round two at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The tournament will conclude Monday.