June 16, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's golf team tied for ninth at last month's NCAA Championships, but the 2013 season is anything but over for several members of the OU squad. Sooners Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Taylor Schmidt and Anne-Catherine Tanguaywill participate in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship starting Monday at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.

The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) began in 1977 as a national championship for women who play the nation's public courses. The WAPL is open to female amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2013, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.

U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Website

A field of 156 golfers will compete in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying Monday and Tuesday. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. A total of six match-play rounds will be conducted over the next four days to determine the champion. The final match will be contested over 36 holes.

Tanguay will tee off Monday at 7:30 a.m. on hole 1, Jao-Javanil will tee off at 8 a.m. on hole 1 and Schmidt will tee off at 8:40 a.m. on hole 10.

"They've played here a lot more than anyone (else in the field)," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell of her trio of golfers. "It's very exciting for us to have three players playing in this (event). Obviously we practice here a lot and they know the breaks on the greens. It should be a good week."

OU Golfer Monday Tee Time Tuesday Tee time
Anne-Catherine Tanguay 7:30 a.m. (Hole 1) 12:30 p.m. (Hole 10)
Chirapat Jao-Javanil 8 a.m. (Hole 1) 1 p.m. (Hole 10)
Taylor Schmidt 8:40 a.m. (Hole 10) 1:40 p.m. (Hole 1)

Jao-Javanil, OU's only two-time first-team All-American and who is No. 12 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, said the fact the WAPL is being held in Norman should make for an enjoyable week.

"I'm happy to be playing in this tournament, especially with it being at home," said Jao-Javanil, who made it to the quarterfinals of last year's WAPL in New Jersey. "I get to sleep in my own bed, I know the course and I know a lot of people who are going to be out here. So I'm just looking forward to having fun.

Playing in her first WAPL, Tanguay said her familiarity of the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club has the potential to provide a big boost.

"I think it's going to make a huge difference," said Tanguay, a 2013 third-team All-American. "I've been here for quite a bit, and knowing the conditions is going to be a big advantage. There's thick rough and the greens are pretty fast. I think just knowing how the course plays is a huge advantage.

Schmidt, the most veteran Sooner on the 2012-13 squad, has quite a bit of WAPL experience and knows what to expect.

"I played in this tournament twice before," said Schmidt. "It's been a lot of fun. You get to play against some of the best players in the country. It's a lot like the (NCAA) national championship and you'll see a lot of the same girls. I'm really excited for this week. You get to catch up with a lot of your friends."

The 2013 WAPL, which is open to the public and requires no admission charge, will be the second USGA championship conducted at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The course also hosted the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

"This is awesome for us to be hosting," said Drouin-Luttrell. "It's a great way for us to showcase our home course here on campus. We know we have it really good and for anybody to realize it's a great place, that's even better."

Early last month, OU hosted the 2013 NCAA Women's Central Regional and finished in second place out of 24 teams. Tanguay (-5, tie for second place) and Jao-Javanil (-3; sixth place) each finished in the top 10 out of 126 competitors.