Sooners Conclude Opening Round in Broken Arrow

Ben Coldagelli
By Ben Coldagelli
Director of Communications

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – No. 18 Oklahoma opened its time at the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship by shooting a 301 (+13) on Sunday. The Sooners are sixth with 36 holes remaining at the par-72, 6,341-yard Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow.

Texas, the only team to shoot below par in the opening round, leads the event at 287 (-1).

"We got off to a slow start this morning on the front nine and played better on the back," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "We have a lot of golf left. In team golf anything is possible - we just need to play our own game and stick to our plans. We are excited for the next opportunity to climb the leaderboard tomorrow."

Competing in her first round of postseason golf, freshman Libby Winans led the Sooners with an even-par 72. Winans is tied for fourth place and is five strokes behind first-place Sara Kouskova of Texas (67; -5).

Joining Winans in the top 20 of the 45-golfer field is sophomore Kaitlin Milligan (75; +3). The Norman native is tied for 14th place and is one stroke out of a spot in the top 10.

Facing damp course conditions, Milligan and Winans got off to a slow start in Sunday's round and were both two-over team through the first four holes. Winans closed the round with two birdies and no bogeys over the final 14 holes while Milligan strung together 13 consecutive pars.

As a team, the Sooners shot three strokes better on the back nine than on the front.

Freshman Mikhaela Fortuna, making her Big 12 Championship debut, fired a 76 (+4) and is tied for 23rd. Sophomore Hannah Lee carded a 78 (+6) and senior Julienne Soo recorded an 83 (+11).

Oklahoma tees off in the second round on Monday beginning at 9 a.m. CT. The Sooners will be paired with golfers from Oklahoma State and TCU.

Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com and admission is free.

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