Sooners Claim Second Place in Mexico
NORMAN — Oklahoma women’s golf concluded its fall schedule with a second-place finish at the Battle at the Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Sooners totaled a 54-hole score of 842 (-10) to finish ahead of 12 teams, including four schools in the top 25, at the par-71, 6,209-yard Club Campestre San Jose.
OU carded a final-round score of 280 (-4) to finish just three strokes behind UCLA, who entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. The Sooners were one of three teams to finish below bar in the event, ending the weekend six strokes ahead of third-place Texas.
“We played solid golf all week,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “The team was very confident on the course and we put ourselves in great positions. I’m really proud of the way we finished the fall season and hope this will give us a boost as we prepare for the spring schedule.”
Three Sooners finished in the top six of the individual rankings, led by senior Hannah Wood with a 4-under 209. Wood tied for fourth place, picking up her second top-10 finish of the season.
Junior Julienne Soo and senior Ana Ruiz tied for sixth at 210 (-3). Ruiz, playing in her home country of Mexico, collected her fourth career top-10 finish while Soo concluded her fall season with four top-10 finishes in five tournaments.
Freshman Kaitlin Milligan picked up her second top-20 performance of the fall season with a career-best 13th-place finish. The Norman native ended 1-over par with a 214.
Senior Rylee Pedigo finished in a tie for 49th with a 224 (+11). Senior Valerie Tanguay, competing as an individual, took 55th with a 227 (+14).
UCLA’s Lilia Vu won the individual medal with an 8-under 205.
OU’s performance gave the team its second second-place finish of the season, also taking runner-up at the season-opening Jim West Challenge.
The Sooners now enter their offseason before beginning the spring portion of their schedule in Peoria, Ariz., for the Westbrook Invitational on Feb. 25 and 26.