June 17, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Anne-Catherine Tanguay has played more rounds at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club than any other course. That familiarity paid off Monday for the University of Oklahoma junior when she shot a 3-under-par 69 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, good for a third-place tie among 156 competitors with one round of stroke play remaining.
The low 64 scores through two rounds will advance to the match play portion of the tournament. A total of six match-play rounds will then be conducted over four days to determine the champion. The final match will be contested over 36 holes.
Fellow OU junior Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil shot an opening-round 72 (E) and is tied for 12th place, while Sooner senior Taylor Schmidt carded a 3-over 75 and is tied for 42nd.
"I was really happy about the way I played the golf course today," said Tanguay, a third-team All-American this year who holds OU's second-best career stroke average. "The wind switched to the north so the finishing holes on both sides were playing hard. My putting was working very well and I hit 16 greens in regulation. I'm really looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow afternoon."
Tanguay, from Quebec City, Quebec, registered four birdies on the day (three on the back nine) against just one bogey. In seven competitive rounds at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club this year (she also played three rounds each in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in October and the NCAA Central Regional in May), Tanguay has shot 12 under par. She has shot below par in six of those seven rounds, including each of the last five.
Jao-Javanil, from Thailand, and Schmidt, from Ontario, Canada, had relatively uneventful days. Jao-Javanil, ranked No. 12 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, recorded 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey, while Schmidt carded 15 pars and three bogeys.
"The conditions were tough early on today with the wind gusting and swirling," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "The course is as good as I've ever seen it. (Superintendent) Cody Elwood and his crew have done a great job getting the course ready for this championship. AC (Anne-Catherine), Ja and Taylor played solid today. One more round of stroke play tomorrow and match play starts on Wednesday."
Tanguay trails the USC tandem of Annie Park and Doris Chen by just one shot and is tied with Casey Danielson (Osceola, Wis.) and Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii), one stroke ahead of a quartet of golfers. Park won the NCAA individual title in May as a freshman and the Trojans captured the NCAA team championship.
All three OU golfers will begin Tuesday's round in the afternoon. Tanguay will tee off at 12:30 on hole 10, Jao-Javanil will tee off at 1 on hole 10 and Schmidt will tee off at 12:40 on hole 1.
The tournament is open to the public and no admission fee is required.
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.