OU Closes Regular Season with Sixth-Place Finish
NORMAN – Three Sooners shot an even-par round on Sunday as Oklahoma claimed sixth place in the ASU Ping Invitational. OU carded a 289 (+1) in the final round to compile a 54-hole score of 869 (+5) at the par-72, 6,430-yard Papago Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz.
Competing in a prestigious field that featured nine top-25 teams (14 total schools), the Sooners entered the day in third place before shooting their lowest round of the tournament on Sunday (tied with Friday's outing). Oklahoma was passed in the final standings by strong performances from its opponents, including a 279 (-9) from No. 1 USC that propelled the Trojans from third place into first.
"Overall, we saw some great golf this week that prepare us for the postseason," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "We have to continue to believe our mindset is what will separate us from everyone else. We are excited to return home and prepare for the Big 12 Championship."
Sophomore Kaitlin Milligan claimed her eighth straight top-20 finish, taking fourth place with a 210 (-6). The sophomore was just one stroke out of sharing first place, as Stephanie Lau (Northwestern), Andrea Lee (Stanford) and Bethany Wu (UCLA) tied for medalist at 209 (-7).
Milligan's finish was her best of the season and fourth top-10 showing. The sophomore improved her season stroke average to 71.65 and is on pace to break the program record (72.27 by Chrirapat Jao-Javanil and Julienne Soo).
After firing a 78 (+6) in her opening round, freshman Libby Winans responded with back-to-back even-par performances to tie for 38th place at 222 (+6). Senior Julienne Soo also took 38th.
Sophomore Hannah Lee shot a bogey-free round of 72 (even) on Sunday to take 43rd (223, +7) while freshman Mikhaela Fortuna took 52nd with a 226 (+10).
The ASU Ping Invitational concluded Oklahoma's regular season. The Sooners now turn their attention to the Big 12 Championship, hosted at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Okla., beginning Sunday, April 14.