Feb. 17, 2013
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team finished in second place at the season-opening Florida State Match-Up Invitational after recording an 11-over 299 in Sunday’s final round in Tallahassee, Fla. It marked the fourth time in five events this season that the Sooners finished in the top three.
The Sooners, who are No. 2 in the Golfweek/Saragin ratings, posted a 54-hole total of 881 (+17) at the par-72 Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., and finished four shots behind Georgia. Four OU golfers placed in the top 20 out of 64 competitors.
“We got off to a slow start but held it together in the middle of the round and actually made some birdies coming down there at the end.” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We came up short for the win but believe we have found some things we need to work on before our next tournament.”
The tandem of Oklahoma and Georgia won the match-up portion of the event as they combined to defeat the duo of Tennessee and Texas-San Antonio by 19 strokes. Florida State and Texas A&M combined to finish in third place in the match-up standings. Twelve schools competed in the event.
The Sooners, who entered the day with a six-stroke lead, were led in the final round by junior Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who fired a one-under 71 for the second straight day. The junior recorded two birdies Sunday against just one bogey andfinished the tournament in a tie for third place, just two strokes behind individual champion Rocio Sanchez Lobato of Georgia. It marked Jao-Javanil’s 16th career top-10 finish.
Junior Jade Staggs carded a team-high four birdies on the day en route to a third-round 73 (+1). She finished in a sixth-place tie with a 54-hole score of 217 (E), a personal collegiate best. It marked her first top-10 finish as a Sooner.
Junior Anne-Catherine Tanguay and senior Taylor Schmidt each ended the tournament in a tie for 18th place with a 225 (+9). Tanguay shot a final-round 80 (+8) while Schmidt carded a 75 (+3).
Junior Emily Collins finished the tournament in a tie for 36th place after shooting an 81 (+9) in the final round.
The Sooners will be back in action March 8-10 when they travel to Mesa, Ariz., for the Clover Cup.