Soo Opens Play in Augusta Wednesday

Ben Coldagelli
By Ben Coldagelli
Director of Communications

NORMAN – Oklahoma senior Julienne Soo is one of 72 golfers taking part in the historic Augusta National Women’s Amateur - the first women's tournament ever played at Augusta National Golf Club. The South Yarra, Australia, native begins competition on Wednesday.

Gathering the week before The Masters, a collection of the world's best amateur women's golfers will compete over 36 holes of stroke play at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday and Thursday. Following the second round, the field will be cut to the top 30 competitors who will compete in Saturday's final round at Augusta National Golf Club. Golfers who do not make the cut will still have the opportunity to play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday.

Soo qualified for the event by being ranked No. 66 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She will tee off on Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT on the back nine with See-yun Kwon of Korea and Sierra Brooks of the United States.

“Augusta is the epitome of golf,” said Soo. “It’s pretty much the highest level of golf in terms of a course because there's so much history there and so many good players have gone through and played The Masters, which is every golfer's dream...To be able to play this tournament at Augusta National is just crazy. I think it's really cool that we get an opportunity like this as young women amateurs.”

Soo is one of only four Big 12 golfers invited to participate in the inaugural event. Joining Soo from the Big 12 are Emilee Hoffman, Agathe Laisne and Kaitlyn Papp - all from Texas.

Currently in her final semester as a student-athlete at Oklahoma, Soo boasts 10 career top-10 finishes with the Sooners. A 2018 Golfweek All-American Team Honorable Mention, Soo finished her junior season with a stroke average of 72.27 - tied with Chirapat Jao-Javanil's 2012-13 campaign as the lowest in program history. Soo claimed 19th place in the NCAA Championships last spring.

This season, Soo holds a stroke average of 72.83 along with two top-10 finishes.

Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage and highlights throughout the first two rounds of the event before NBC airs the final round on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

Live scoring will be available at ANWAGolf.com.

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