Big 12 Championship Begins Sunday
Schedule update: Sunday's opening round will begin at 10 a.m. CT (originally scheduled for 8 a.m.) due to wet course conditions.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – No. 18 Oklahoma opens postseason play when it hosts the 2019 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship in Broken Arrow, Okla. The 54-hole tournament will be played Sunday through Tuesday at the par-72, 6,337-yard Golf Club of Oklahoma.
The conference's championship tournament is being played in Oklahoma for the fourth time, last being played in the state in 2010 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman. This year's edition is the first instance the tournament has been played in the greater Tulsa area.
The Sooners have their eyes on winning their fourth Big 12 title, previously capturing the conference crown in 2000, 2012 and 2014.
"Our team is excited to compete for a conference title here in Oklahoma," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "We've been working towards postseason play all season long and are confident in our preparation. All that's left is focusing on what we can control and playing our game."
Oklahoma will begin play in the top group, being paired with golfers from No. 3 Texas and No. 23 TCU. The Sooners tee off at 9 a.m. CT on Sunday.
The Sooners finished in the top eight in all nine of their regular-season tournaments, including four top-three showings.
Oklahoma has been fueled all season long by a pair of underclassmen in sophomore Kaitlin Milligan and freshman Libby Winans. Both Milligan (71.50) and Winans (72.12) are on pace to break the program record for season stroke average (72.26), set by both Chirapat Jao-Javanil and senior Julienne Soo.
In the top position for the Sooners, Milligan has recorded eight straight top-20 showings. The Norman native holds five top-10 finishes this season, including two in the top five.
Winans will tee off in the second spot and is two tournaments removed from picking up her first collegiate victory. The freshman won the Clover Cup title in March, one of her four top-10 placings in her rookie season.
The only upperclassmen in the Sooner lineup, Soo enters her final collegiate postseason coming off a groundbreaking opportunity in early April. The Australian was one of 72 amatuers to compete in the Augusta National Women's Amateur.
The most experienced Sooner, Soo tied for 22nd place in both the 2018 and 2017 Big 12 Championships.
The Oklahoma lineup is rounded out by sophomore Hannah Lee and freshman Mikhaela Fortuna.
Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com and admission to the tournament is free.
1. Kaitlin Milligan, sophomore: On pace to own the lowest season stroke average in program history (71.50)...Claimed her eighth straight top-20 finish by claiming fourth at the ASU Ping Invitational…Tied for seventh at the Westbrook Invitational and 20th at the Moon Golf Invitational...Tied for 12th at the Battle at the Beach to earn her fourth top-20 finish of the fall … Tied for 10th at the Jim West Invitational, picking up her with third straight top-10 finish…Carded a 2-under 142 to tie for sixth at the 36-hole Magnolia Invitational…Tied for fifth in the Schooner Fall Classic, posting a 205 (-8) and finishing her last two rounds with a 66 (-5) and 68 (-3)…Competed in every event her freshman season…Her 117 birdies were the second most in the 2017-18 by a Division I freshman and ranked in the top 20 among all DI golfers...Owns the program and Big 12 record for lowest round, firing a 62 (-10) in the first round of the 2018 Westbrook Invitational…Took second place at the Westbrook Invitational after shooting a 54-hole total of 199 (-17), good for the lowest individual tournament score in school history.
2. Libby Winans, freshman: On pace to finish the season with the lowest stroke average ever recorded by an OU freshman (71.50)...Earned her first tournament win at the Clover Cup shooting a 214 (-2)…Tied for fifth in the Moon Golf Invitational to earn her second best collegiate finish scoring a 211 (-5)...Back-to-back top-ten finishes at the Schooner Fall Classic and Magnolia Invitational…Carded a 206 (-7) and finishing tied for seventh at the Schooner Fall Classic...Opened her career with a 222 (+6) at the Minnesota Invitational and tied for 29th place...Won the 2018 Texas 6A State Championship while also capturing district and regional crowns at Plano East High School...Advanced to the match play portion of the 2018 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the round of 32 in the 2018 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
3. Julienne Soo, senior: Participated in the first Augusta National Women's Amateur...Tied for 13th at the Moon Golf Invitational to tie for 13th and collect her third top-20 finish of the season...Tied for sixth at the Battle at the Beach to pick up her 14th top-10 finish…Tied for seventh at the Jim West Invitational…Posted a 69 and 67 at the Jim West for a total of 17 career round in the 60’s…Closed out the Schooner Fall Classic with a 6-under 66, tying her career 18-hole low…Qualified for stage 1 of Q-School…A Golfweek All-America Team Honorable Mention…Finished her junior season with a stroke average of 72.27 - tied with Chirapat Jao-Javanil's 2012-13 campaign for the lowest in program history (both golfers took exactly 2,457 shots in 34 rounds)...Claimed 19th place in the 2018 NCAA Championships – the second-highest finish by a Big 12 golfer in the field…Named to the All-Big 12 Team in 2017 and 2018...Also named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team and Academic All-Big 12 Team.
4. Hannah Lee, sophomore: Tied for 16th at the Westbrook Invitational...Fourth straight appearance in the Sooner lineup...Opened the season with a team-best finish of 17th place by shooting a 220 at the Minnesota Invitational (+4) ...Carded a career-best 68 in the opening round of the Minnesota Invitational...Played in three events as a freshman…Competed as an individual at the 2017 Schooner Fall Classic shooting 2-under in her final two days.
5. Mikhaela Fortuna, freshman: Boasts three top-20 finishes in her rookie season...Tied for 16th at the Westbrook Invitational First career top-20 finish came at the Jim West Challenge…Made her collegiate debut at the Magnolia invitational, claiming 45th place…Competed as an individual at the Schooner Fall Classic and posted two rounds in the 60’s, finishing in a tie for 14th place…A freshman from Manila, Philippines...Captured second place in the 2018 Philippine Ladies Open...Took second in the 2016 Women's Western Amateur Championship.