NORMAN, Okla. -- The fifth-ranked University of Oklahoma women's golf team opens the 2013-14 season Monday at the three-day Dale McNamara Fall Preview at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Fourteen of the 15 teams in the event are ranked in the preseason Golfweek/Sagarin top 30, including 11 of the top 12.
The Sooners, who are under the direction of fifth-year head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, are coming off a ninth-place national finish last year, and took sixth place nationally the year before.
OU will be led in 2013-14 by a senior-laden class that has already rearranged the school record books. The Sooners have posted 23 top-five finishes in their 33 tournaments over the past three seasons and have won six events over the last two years. The last three squads are the best in OU history in terms of season scoring average.
"We are really excited to get the season started," said Drouin-Luttrell. "We have an older lineup with a lot of experience and the girls have been working hard to get where we are. This team has put in a lot of time and effort on their game and it's going to be fun to see how things unfold this week against an extremely tough field."
THE FIELD (GOLFWEEK RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
Oklahoma State (7)
Arizona State (8)
North Carolina (11)
1. Alexandra Kaui, Freshman: Playing in first collegiate event ... Came to OU as the No. 13 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings ... Competed in 2013 U.S. Women's Open in Southampton, N.Y. (78-81=159) ... Won U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Glendale, Ariz., by five strokes ... Three-time Nevada state champion ... Two-time Rolex Junior All-American ... Member of USA team that won 2013 Junior Solheim Cup.
2. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Senior: Two-time first-team All-American ... Three-time All-Big 12 honoree ... Enters senior season ranked first in school history with 73.13 career scoring average (+1.28 versus par) ... Has recorded three of the four best single-season averages in OU history ... Has won an OU-record-tying five tournaments ... Won the 2012 NCAA individual title.
3. Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Senior: Has competed in all 33 team events since arriving as a freshman ... Enters senior season ranked second in OU career scoring average (74.42; +2.56), third in par-or-better rounds (28) and fifth in birdies (255) ... Has finished in top four at Big 12 Championship each of last two years ... Has finished in top 10 in 33 percent of her career collegiate events.
4. Emily Collins, Senior: Enters senior season ranked fifth at OU in career scoring average (75.87; +4.03), fourth in par-or-better rounds (25) and sixth in birdies (224) ... Has finished in top four at Big 12 Championship each of last two years ... Finished tied for second place at 2013 NCAA Central Regional.
5. Kaitlyn Rohrback, Senior: Participated in nine of OU's 11 events in 2012-13 ... Averaged 75.25 strokes in her 28 rounds (+3.25) ... Finished in top 25 in five of first seven tournaments ... Tied for third place (matched career-best finish) at Alamo Invitational in last October with a career-low 212 (-4) ... Tied for 21st at 2013 Big 12 Championship(+19) ... Played first two years at Tennessee.
The Tulsa Country Club course is a 6,136-yard, par-70 track for the Dale McNamara Fall Preview. The TCC was host site of the 1999 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships and will host the 2014 event May 20-23.
Fifty-four holes of stroke play will be played over three days (18 holes each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Play will begin each day at 8 a.m. CT off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
Temperatures all three days are predicted to be in the mid-to-upper 90s. The forecast calls for sunny skies and winds out of the south between eight and 12 miles per hour.
OU'S DALE McNAMARA HISTORY
This marks OU's second appearance in the Dale McNamara. The Sooners ran away with the title at the 16-team event in November 2010, posting a three-round 877 (+13) to finish a whopping 23 strokes better than second-place Oklahoma State and Texas (+36) at The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Okla. The Sooners were bolstered by Ellen Mueller's first collegiate individual crown. Like her team, the senior from Evansville, Ind., led from wire to wire and won comfortably. Mueller's 7-under-par 209 represented a then-54-hole OU record. She won by a cozy seven shots over second-place Kristina Merkle of host Tulsa.
Live stats (updated every three holes) will be available at www.golfstatresults.com. Click here for the direct link.