Strong Finish Helps OU Claim Third at Big 12s
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Oklahoma charged up the leaderboard in the final day at the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship to finish in third place at the par-72, 6,341-yard Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow. The Sooners finished with a 916 (+52) after firing a 301 (+13) on Tuesday, a 13 stroke improvement over Monday's round.
OU had entered the final round in fifth place but climbed into the top three of the tournament field by shooting the third best score of the day. The Sooners played especially strong on the back nine, shooting just 1-over among the four countable golfers.
The entire field faced strong winds throughout tournament, as Texas won the conference crown with a 54-hole score of 877 (+13).
The Sooners now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection show on Wednesday, April 24. Ranked No. 18 in both the WGCA Coaches Poll and Golfstat Rankings, the Sooners are hopeful for an at-large bid. Oklahoma is hosting one of four NCAA Regionals at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman on May 6-8.
"We showed a lot of grit coming down the back nine today, which helped us move up the leaderboard," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We'll shift our attention to NCAA Regionals and prepare for the postseason."
The Sooners were led throughout the tournament by freshman Libby Winans. The rookie claimed sixth place by scoring a 225 (+9), marking the highest finish in the Big 12 Championship by an OU freshman since Hannah Wood took fifth place in the 2015 edition. The top-10 finish also earned Winans a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
Oklahoma was fueled in the final round by senior Julienne Soo. After posting scored of 83 (+11) and 79 (+7) in the first two rounds, Soo climbed up 20 spots on the individual leader board with a 1-under 71 Tuesday. She was one of only two golfers in the field of 45 to shoot below par for the day. The performance helped her finish in a tie for 21st place with a 233 (+17).
Also tied in 23rd was sophomore Kaitlin Milligan. Freshman Mikhaela Fortuna finished one stroke behind the duo to tie for 23rd (234; +18). Sophomore Hannah Lee carded a 236 (+20) to take 30th.
The finish is Oklahoma's fifth top-three showing of the season.