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  Monday, July 4

OU golfer Emily Collins is preparing to take on the 2011 U.S. Women's Open later this week at the Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. Collins was one of three golfers who qualified to compete in the U.S. Women's Open in May at the sectional qualifier at the 6,425-yard, par-71 Prestonwood Country Club in Plano, Texas.

Collins will begin first-round play on Thursday, July 7. Before heading to Colorado, Collins talked with SoonerSports.com about her qualifying round and what it will take for her to succeed.

  Monday, May 2

The Sooners held their final practice in Norman before heading to Seattle for the NCAA West Regional. After practice, Coach Drouin, Ellen Mueller and Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil previewed this weekend's postseason tournament. The West Regional will be hosted at the Washington National Golf Course May 5-7 in Auburn, Wash.

  Sunday, April 24

Big 12 Championship Final Round |  Photo GalleryRecap

2:00 p.m. -- The Sooners shot a 297 (+9) in Sunday's rain-filled round to finish in fifth place at the Big 12 Championship. Despite rainy and windy conditions for much of the tournament, the Sooners' three-round 888 (+24) represented their best ever score in the 15-year history of the Big 12 Championship, topping their previous event low of 912 in 2002 when they finished in second place. Freshman Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil was OU's best scorer on the day and on the weekend. Jao-Javanil shot a 1-over 73 Sunday to finish the tournament tied for 10th place.

Here are highlights from the final round:

6:50 a.m. -- The final round of the Big 12 Championship is here. The Sooners are warming up on the putting greens and driving range in preparation for their shotgun start at 8:00. The girls will be starting on holes 5-9. OU has started off slow in the first two rounds but have played significantly better on the back nine. The coaches think starting halfway through the front nine can really benefit the girls and help them get off to a strong start.

  Saturday, April 23

Big 12 Championship Second Round |  Photo Gallery | Recap

11:00 p.m. -- Video highlights from today's round, including Jao-Javanil's pair of birdies to end the day:

4:45 p.m. -- The Sooners have finished their afternoon practice on the range and green and are headed back to the hotel. We'll be back at the course bright and early Sunday morning, most likely around 6:45 a.m.

3:55 p.m. -- To accommodate for tomorrow's predicted weather, officials have decided that the final round of the Big 12 Championship will have a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.

3:35 p.m. -- All 12 teams have finished their rounds. The Sooners end the day in sixth place, trailing first-place Texas by eight strokes. It's a very close tournament with a lot of teams in contention for the title. Here is the team leaderboard.

3:20 p.m. -- The girls just finished eating a late lunch and are headed out to the practice green and driving range to practice for tomorrow's final round. 

2:45 p.m. -- Oklahoma has just finished up its round. The Sooners' second-round total of 293 (+5) is the lowest round score Oklahoma has ever shot in the Big 12 Championship.

9:20 a.m. -- While the girls play their second round today fans can check out highlights of their play in Friday's round.

7:50 a.m. -- We've arrived at the course and are starting our warm up routine on the practice green and range. The Sooners tee off at 9:00 a.m. on the first hole. 

  Friday, April 22

Big 12 Championship First Round |  Photo Gallery |Recap

7:00 p.m. -- All 12 teams have finished their first round. The Sooners end the day tied with Texas A&M for fifth place, trailing first-place Texas Tech by four strokes. OU will tee off Saturday morning at 9:00 with golfers from Missouri and Texas A&M.

4:55 p.m. -- Due to lightning, teams that are still playing have been called off the course. Depending on when this storm passes through, the six teams remaining will either finish their first round tonight or tomorrow morning. OU is currently tied for fifth place, but three teams ahead of them still have a few holes remaining. Texas Tech has completed its round and leads the field with a 294 (+6).

4:50 p.m. -- The Sooners tied the school record for lowest score in the opening round of a Big 12 Championship, firing a 298 (+10). The last time an OU team shot a 298 in the opening round of the conference tournament was in 2000. The 2000 Sooner squad went on to win OU's first Big 12 title.

10:05 a.m. -- The Big 12 officials have reached a decision. Warm ups will resume at 10:30 and the golfers will tee off starting at 11:00, three hours after the original tee times. 

9:00 a.m. -- Rain still coming down in Columbia, should be passing through soon. The re-evaluation meeting is being pushed back to 9:45. 

8:00 a.m. -- Due to rain, the start time of the first round is being delayed. Officials will evaluate at 9:00 and tee off at 9:30 at the earliest. We'll release information on the new start times as we receive them.

7:10 a.m. -- Yesterday afternoon, Coach Drouin spoke with Golfstat.com founder Mark Laesch on the turnaround of the OU golf program and what it will take to win this weekend. Fans can watch the interview here.

6:50 a.m. -- Good morning, Sooner Nation! We just arrived at the course and have begun warming up on the range and putting green. It rained last night so the course is pretty wet. It's currently cloudy and in the mid 50's, though we're expecting some showers later on today. The 3rd-seeded Sooners are grouped with No. 2 Texas and No. 1 Iowa State, with groups teeing off in about an hour. Brooke Collins will tee off at 8:00, Emily Collins will tee off at 8:10, Anne-Catherine Tanguay will tee off at 8:20, Ellen Mueller will tee off at 8:30 and Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil will tee off at 8:40. To follow along with the Sooners, fans can track their progress with live scoring.

  Thursday, April 21

Big 12 Championship Practice Round

10:15 p.m. -- Highlights and interviews from Thursday's practice round:

7:25 p.m. --  Photo Gallery Here are photos from today's pracitce round at the Club at Old Hawthorne.

7:20 p.m. -- The girls are about to gather for a team meeting at the hotel to discuss tomorrow morning's schedule. After the meeting, the team will work on homework and maybe watch some NBA playoff games before heading to bed. Early morning tomorrow!

4:30 p.m. -- We just finished up with our post-round putting session and are heading back to the hotel, then are off to dinner. 

3:15 p.m. - - The Sooners just finished their practice round at the Club at Old Hawthorne. The team focused on hole strategies and worked on a lot of chips of putts from different areas on and around the green. The girls will now work on putting drills on the practice greens while the coaches attend their rules meeting.

11:50 a.m. - -  Photo Gallery Check out photos from this morning's warm up on the putting greens and driving range at the Club at Old Hawthorne.

10:00 a.m. - - OU is about to tee off for its practice round, starting on the back nine. The sun has come out a little and the temperature is rising to the high 40's but the wind is still blowing pretty hard. According to the forecast, it should warm up to the mid 50's by mid afternoon, with the winds dying down to about 15 mph.

8:45 a.m. - - The Sooners have arrived at the course and are starting to warm up on the range and the putting green. Weather wise, it's cloudy with the temperature in the low 40's and winds of about 18 mph.

8:00 a.m. - - The team met for breakfast in the hotel lobby before packing up and heading to the Club at Old Hawthorne for Thursday's practice round.

  Liz Murphey Classic Preview | March 30, 2011

Coming off of the two lowest tournament scores in program history, the Sooners head to Athen, Ga., for the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. OU head coach Veronique Drouin previews the talent-filled tournament and its unique format.

  UNLV Spring Invitational Preview | March 4, 2011

While in preparation for the 2011 UNLV Spring Invitational, OU head coach Veronique Drouin previewed the Sooners' tournament in Boulder City, Nev., which tees off Monday, March 7.

  Puerto Rico Preview | February 12, 2011

Oklahoma head coach Veronique Drouin recently sat down to preview OU's first tournament of the spring season, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, which begins Sunday, Feb. 13, in Rio Grande, P.R.
 

  Spring Newsletter | February 10, 2011

The Oklahoma women's golf team is proud to announce that its quarterly newsletter will now be available online in a PDF format. The spring 2011 issue includes a recap of the Sooners' fall win at the Dale McNamara Invitational, a review of their record-breaking fall season, a feature on their numerous conference and publication awards, a spring season preview and a player profile on freshman Emily Collins. The newsletter can be viewed here.

  Welcome to the Blog | February 8, 2011

Welcome to the OU women's golf blog! Stay tuned throughout the 2010-11 season as we provide the latest information and updates to keep you on top of all the latest Oklahoma golf news.