Sooner Golfers in Third Place After Two Rounds at Mizzou
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team sits in third place after posting a second-round score of 296 (+8) Monday afternoon in the Johnie Imes Invitational at the par-72 Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.
The 15-team tournament featured two 18-hole rounds Monday, with Oklahoma leading by one shot after the first go-round following a 292 (+4) performance. The Sooners’ two-round total of 588 (+12) places them one stroke behind Colorado and nine strokes behind Oklahoma State with one round remaining.
“We struggled out of the gate in our morning round but the girls made some good saves coming in to help us take an early lead,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. “Our afternoon round was tough. We had way too many putts. The girls were hitting the ball really well today, but added a lot of strokes on the green. If we can clean up our putt total tomorrow we will have a chance to win this.”
OU senior Ellen Mueller shot a season-best 71 (-1) in Monday’s second round. The senior sits at even par overall and is tied for fourth place, four strokes behind leader Kelly Shon of Princeton. Mueller is in search of her 12th career top-10 finish.
Freshman Chirapat Jao-Javanil finished the day in a tie for ninth place out of 84 competitors, recording a two-round total of 146 (+2).
Freshman Anne-Catherine Tanguay shot an afternoon score of 75 (+3), improving on her first-round score by one stroke. She is tied for 28th place at +7.
Emily Collins, a third freshman in the Sooner lineup, collected four birdies in her second round en route to a 76 (+4). Collins is tied for 49th place at +11.
Sophomore Taylor Schmidt, who shot a career-low 71 (-1) in the first round and was in second place, carded an 82 (+10) in her afternoon round. Schmidt is tied for 38th place at +9.
Mastering The Club at Old Hawthorne in final round will not only benefit the Sooners as far as the Johnie Imes Invitational is concerned, but also in their hunt for a conference title. The course will host the 2011 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship April 22-24.
With a majority of the conference also taking advantage of the opportunity to get an early look at this season’s Big 12 Championship site, the Sooners are joined in the field by fellow league members: Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Six Big 12 teams ended the tournament’s first day in the top 10.
The Johnie Imes’ final round is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at 8 CT under a shotgun start format. Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com.