Milligan one shot back in ASU Ping Invite, OU sixth, OSU 14th

Three Sooners shot an even-par round on Sunday as Oklahoma claimed sixth place in the ASU Ping Invitational. Oklahoma State placed 14th.

OU carded a 1-over 289 in the final round to compile a 54-hole score of 5-over 869 at the par-72, 6,430-yard Papago Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz.

Competing in a prestigious field that featured nine top-25 teams (14 total schools), the Sooners entered the day in third place before shooting their lowest round of the tournament on Sunday (tied with Friday’s outing). Oklahoma was passed in the final standings by strong performances from its opponents, including a 279 (-9) from No. 1 USC that propelled the Trojans from third place into first.

“Overall, we saw some great golf this week that prepare us for the postseason,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We have to continue to believe our mindset is what will separate us from everyone else. We are excited to return home and prepare for the Big 12 Championship.”

Sophomore Kaitlin Milligan claimed her eighth straight top-20 finish, taking fourth place with a 6-under 210. The sophomore was just one stroke out of sharing first place, as Stephanie Lau (Northwestern), Andrea Lee (Stanford) and Bethany Wu (UCLA) tied for medalist at 209.

Milligan’s finish was her best of the season and fourth top-10 showing. The sophomore improved her season stroke average to 71.65 and is on pace to break the program record (72.27 by Chrirapat Jao-Javanil and Julienne Soo).

After firing a 78 in her opening round, freshman Libby Winans responded with back-to-back even-par performances to tie for 38th place at 222. Senior Julienne Soo also took 38th.

Sophomore Hannah Lee shot a bogey-free round of 72 (even) on Sunday to take 43rd at 223, while freshman Mikhaela Fortuna took 52nd with a 226.

The ASU Ping Invitational concluded Oklahoma’s regular season. The Sooners now turn their attention to the Big 12 Championship, hosted at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Okla., beginning Sunday, April 14.

Oklahoma State carded rounds of 300-304-300 904 to finish 14th.

Han-Hsuan Yu had the best round of the day for the Cowgirls thanks to an eagle on the par-5 15thhole at the Papago Golf Course. The freshman finished the day 1-under to jump 14 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 62nd at 13-over 229.

Lianna Bailey and Michelle Forsland both finished in a tie for 52nd at 10-over 226, while Emma Whitaker ended the event in a tie for 58th at 11-over 227.

Senior Chih-Min Chen carded a final-round 75 to finish in a tie for 62nd at 13-over 229, while freshman Sara Camarena tied for 80th at 21-over 237.

The Cowgirls will now have two weeks to prepare for the Big 12 Championships.

Team Leaderboard
1. Southern California (-5) 293-287-279 – 859
2. Arizona State (-4) 288-284-288 – 860
T3. Washington (E) 293-291-280 – 864
T3. Northwestern (E) 295-285-284 – 864
5. Stanford (+1) 287-284-294 – 865
6. Oklahoma (+5) 289-291-289 – 869
7. Furman (+10) 293-298-283 – 874
8. UCLA (+13) 296-295-286 – 877
9. Oregon (+14) 290-298-290 – 878
10. New Mexico (+30) 300-300-294 – 894
11. Denver (+31) 297-299-299 – 895
12. Georgia (+34) 301-299-298 – 898
13. Colorado (+39) 309-298-296 – 903
14. Oklahoma State (+40) 300-304-300 – 904

Complete results at www.golfstat.com.

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