NORMAN, Okla. -- Five former University of Oklahoma women’s golfers will participate in stage one of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School this Tuesday through Friday (Aug. 26-29) in Rancho Mirage, California.
Emily Collins, Chirapat Jao-Javanil and Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who played at OU from the 2010-11 through 2013-14 school years, Kaitlyn Rohrback (2012-13 through 2013-14) and Taylor Schmidt (2009-10 through 2012-13) are all scheduled to compete as part of a 285-player field at the Palmer and Dinah Shore courses of the Mission Hills Country Club.
OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, who is beginning her sixth year in charge of the program, said she feels good about her former Sooners’ chances.
“I'm very excited to see some of my former players in the field at Q-school,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “I can't wait to see where this takes them. They've all been working hard for this moment. I'm proud of what they were able to accomplish at the University of Oklahoma, and I believe they have the talent to be successful at the next level.”
Jao-Javanil, who recorded four of the six best single-season averages in OU history, explained what she’s been working on in advance of Q-School.
“I’ve just been focusing on practicing my putting and my driving,” said Jao-Javanil, the 2012 NCAA individual champion. “I think that helped me win the Tennessee Women’s Open earlier this month, as well. I am really excited to be playing in the Q-School and I’m hoping for the best.”
The tournament is the first of three stages in which golfers compete and advance to receive membership to the LPGA Tour. Those players who do not receive LPGA Tour status but who complete 72 holes will receive Symetra Tour status for 2015.Stage two of the Q-School is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Bobcat and Panther courses of the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida. Stage three will be held Dec. 3-7 at the Hills and Jones courses of the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.