Sept. 26, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The 13th-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s golf team placed third in its season opener after recording a 7-over-par 295 in Wednesday’s final round of the 18-team Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colo. The Sooners posted a three-round 881 (+17) at the par-72 Red Sky Golf Club Course.
OU finished the first of three rounds in a tie for first place, but fell behind early in Tuesday’s second round. Drouin-Luttrell’s squad improved upon its second-round score by five strokes, but finished 21 strokes behind winner Pepperdine and 16 shots behind UC Davis. The Waves placed three golfers in the top five, while the Sooners placed four in the top 11.
Oklahoma junior Chirapat Jao-Javanil recorded her eighth career top-five finish after shooting an even-par72 in the third round. She finished in a team-best tie for fifth place out of 90 competitors. The reigningNCAA champion carded one birdie and one bogey on the day and shot even par the rest of the round for a 54-hole total of 215 (-1).
Fellow junior Emily Collins also shot even par in the third round. Collins, who endured a triple-bogey on the par-5 fifth hole but countered with a team-high six birdies, finished in a tie for seventh place with athree-round score of 216 (E). It marked her first top-10 collegiate finish since the fall of her freshman year.
Joining Jao-Javanil and Collins in the top 10 was junior Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who finished in a tie for ninth place. Tanguay’s third round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 15th hole. She finished the tournament with a 217 (+1).
Junior Jade Staggs’ 4-over 76 Wednesday was her best round of the tournament. She finished tied for 58th place with a three-round 233 (+17). Senior Taylor Schmidt also carded her best round of the week with a 78 (+6) and finished in 72nd place at 24 over.
Newcomer Kaitlyn Rohrback, who competed as an individual for the Sooners, was strong in her OU debut. She registered four birdies Wednesday en route to a final-round 72 (E). The Tennessee transfer tied for 11th place with a three-round 219 (+3). It tied as the third-best finish of the third-year collegian’s career.
"I am really pleased to see four golfers in the top 12," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "We are just anxious to get back to Norman and work on our game."
The Sooners will be back in action Oct. 5-7 when they travel to Athens, Ga., for the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.