May 11, 2013
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's golf team played well in Saturday's final round of the NCAA Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman. Duke, which entered the day six shots behind the Sooners and in second place, played a little bit better.
The third-ranked and top-seeded Blue Devils shot a tournament-best 276 (-12) in the final round and won the 24-team tournament by six strokes at the 6,298-yard, par-72 course. Oklahoma, despite having three players finish in the top six, shot even par Saturday and settled for second place on their home course. The Sooners finished 15 shots clear of third-place Mississippi State (+8).
The Blue Devils, Sooners and Bulldogs all advanced to the NCAA Championships, to be held May 21-24 in Athens, Ga., and hosted by the University of Georgia. So did Florida (+13), Arizona State (+14), UC Davis (+16), Wisconsin (+19) and Michigan State (+20).
"We played well and I'm very proud of the girls," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, who served as an assistant coach at Georgia before joining the Sooners. "We're hitting the ball very well right now and we're excited to go to Athens and see what happens. We just have to continue to take things round-by-round, shot-by-shot."
The Central Regional's top two individuals not on advancing teams also get to compete at the NCAA Championships. They are Wake Forest's Olafia Kristinsdottir and Washington's Ying Luo. They both finished tied for eighth place with a three-round 215 (-1).
A trio of Sooners were stellar over the last three days. Emily Collins and Anne-Catherine Tanguay finished tied for second place out of 126 golfers at 5 under par, and Chirapat Jao-Javanil tied for sixth place at 3 under.
Collins entered the day in first place (-7) with a one-shot lead over Mississippi State's Ally McDonald. Collins shot a final-round 74 (+2) while McDonald carded a 4-under 68 to claim a five-shot victory. The finish marked a collegiate career best for Collins, a junior who has now recorded five top-10 showings in 10 events this year.
Tanguay fired a 2-under 70 for the second straight day. She was at +1 through 13, but registered birdies on three of the final five holes for her best tournament finish of the season. Tanguay, ranked 28th nationally, has finished in the top 10 in seven of 10 tournaments and in the top 20 in all of them.
Jao-Javanil recorded three birdies and carded a 1-under 71 to close the tournament. It was her seventh top-10 performance of the season. Jao-Javanil will look to defend her NCAA individual title when the Sooners go to Athens.
OU's Kaitlyn Rohrback finished tied for 42nd with a 223 (+7) after shooting a final-round 74 (+2). Teammate Taylor Schmidt finished tied for 68th place with a 227 (+11). Schmidt's 1-over 73 in the final round was her best 18-hole performance of the tournament.
Wisconsin junior Kris Yoo made history with her final-round 65 (-7). The effort broke a school record and also set a women's competitive course record. Yoo recorded seven birdies on the day without a bogey, and finished the tournament tied for 11th place at +1.
The final round was interrupted for two hours late in the day due to a storm. Play was suspended for 12 teams beginning at 4:42 p.m. CT.
Oklahoma will be making its seventh appearance at the NCAA Championships. Last year, the Sooners tied for sixth place, matching their best finish in school history. Jao-Javanil won the individual national title by four shots.