NORMAN, Okla. -- The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s golf team is traveling to Tempe, Ariz. this weekend for the 2014 PING/ASU Invitational. The stout 15-team field -- nine teams are ranked in Golfweek’s top 12 -- will play Friday-Sunday (April 4-6) at the 6,223-yard, par-72 ASU Karsten Golf Course.
The Sooners, who are also ranked No. 5 nationally by Golfstat, are coming off a ninth-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., last month, logging a three-round 893 (+53) at the 14-team event. Senior Chirapat Jao-Javanil led OU with a 220 (+10), which tied for 17th place.
OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said she hopes to use PING/ASU Invitational as a springboard for postseason play.
“We’re coming up on the end of the season here,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “For some of our girls, the end of their careers is approaching and there’s a lot for them to look forward to going into these next several weeks. Hopefully they can build some momentum with how they play this weekend and use it going into the Big 12 Championship and NCAA postseason.”
Teams will start play Friday at 10 a.m. CT.
TOURNAMENT FIELD (GOLFWEEK/SAGARIN RANKINGS)
Arizona State (6)
South Carolina (12)
UC Davis (40)
Oregon State (72)
Washington State (80)
1. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Senior: Coming off a tie for 17th place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational … Ranked No. 44 in the Golfweek individual rankings … Holds the OU career scoring average record (73.10) and three of school’s top four single-season averages in relation to par … The 2012 NCAA individual champion.
2. Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Senior: Coming off a 35th-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational … Ranked No. 57 in the Golfweek individual rankings … Ranks second on OU’s career scoring average list (74.20) … Has 12 career top-10 finishes including two this season.
3. Alexandra Kaui, Freshman: Coming off a tie for 32nd place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational … Ranked No. 32 in the Golfweek individual rankings … Has five top-20 finishes in seven career events … Owner of OU’s career low round (7-under 65 at Alamo Invitational in October).
4. Emily Collins, Senior: Coming off a tie for 43rd place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational … Ranked No. 131 in the Golfweek individual rankings … Holds the OU 36-hole record with a 7-under 137 at last year’s NCAA Central Regional.
5. Kaitlyn Rohrback, Senior: Coming off a 72nd-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational … Ranked No. 198 in the Golfweek Individual rankings … Ranks fifth on the OU career scoring average list (in relation to par) with a 75.09 (+3.54).
The 6,223-yard, par-72 ASU Karsten Golf Course is the host site for the 2014 PING/ASU Invitational.
Teams will compete in 54 holes of stroke play over three days (18 holes each Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Play will begin at 10 a.m. CT on Friday and Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. CT on Sunday.
Friday: High of 78 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain and SE winds at 5-10 mph.
Saturday: High of 79 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain at SW winds at 14 mph.
Sunday: High of 85 degrees with no chance of rain and NNE winds at 14 mph.
Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.