Oct. 17, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's golf team shot a school-record 280 (-8) in Wednesday's final round of the 18-team Susie Maxwell Berning Classic to post a convincing win at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The Sooners won by 29 shots in an event that featured eight top-35 squads.
Oklahoma's three-round score of 859 (-5) also represented a school record, besting the previous standard of 863 set at the 2011 MountainView Collegiate and the 2011 UNLV Spring Invitational. The previous 18-hole school record was 282, set at the 2011 UNLV Spring Invitational.
The 13th-ranked Sooners were followed on the leaderboard by No. 20 Notre Dame (+4), No. 32 Denver (+34), No. 14 Texas Tech (+35) and No. 37 SMU (+37).
"Unbelievable. That is about all I can say," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "The girls played really solid, especially today. The conditions were even tougher today with the wind switching halfway through the round, but the girls were just really prepared. I told them this morning that it was going to play a little different than it has the past couple of days. They just did unbelievable. It was a lot of fun to watch them."
Junior Chirapat Jao-Javanil claimed her first individual title of the season and the fourth of her careerthanks to a final-round 4-under 68. Her day included four birdies and no bogeys, and the victory cameafter she placed 40th in OU's last tournament, the Liz Murphey Fall Preview.
"The coaches and everyone helped to remind me to not worry about what happened in the past and just play in the present," said Jao-Javanil after picking up her trophy. "They just kept telling me to believe in myself and reminding me that I can play really good golf. I am just so happy that this week it happened."
Jao-Javanil's 54-hole 7-under-par 209 broke her personal record by three shots. She finished two shots ahead of Notre Dame's Lindsey Weaver and Redlands Community College's Sarah Schober.
"It is great to see the team win. This just feels so good," she said.
OU junior Anne-Catherine Tanguay shot a team-best 67 (-5) Wednesday, tying her personal record for lowest 18-hole score (set last year in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic second round). Tanguay began the day in sixth place, but her eight birdies helped her jump to a fourth-place finish out of 96 competitors with a three-round 212 (-4).
Junior Emily Collins collected her fourth career top-10 finish thanks to her 217 (+1) three-round performance. She began the day tied for second place and shot a final-round 76 (+4).
Senior Taylor Schmidt entered the day in a tie for 28th place and ended the tournament in a tie for 18th place after shooting a final-round 1-over 73. It marked her ninth career top-20 finish.
Junior Kaitlyn Rohrback carded two bogeys on the front nine before rebounding to notch two birdies on the back side en route to a third-round 72 (E). She finished the tournament in a tie for 30th place with a 54-hole score of 227 (+11).
Also recording a 72 Wednesday was Jade Staggs, who competed as an individual for the Sooners. The junior ended the tournament in a tie for 18th place, marking her first career top-20 finish. Staggs, who was in 70th place after the first round, recorded eight birdies over the final two days (four each round).
Senior Jacki Marshall also competed as an individual for Oklahoma and fired a third-round 76 (+4) to bring her three-round total to 224 (+8). Marshall recorded her third career top-20 finish as she ended the tournament in a tie for 13th place.
"This is really good for us going into our next tournament," said Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "I am just happy for the girls. They have done great and hopefully this is a confidence booster."
The Sooners will be back in action Oct. 28-30 at the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, for their final fall tournament.