OU women’s team nine back in PING/ASU Invitational

The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team finished Friday’s opening round of the PING/ASU Invitational in 13th place. The 15-team event, which features 12 teams in Golfweek’s top 25, is being played at the par-72, 6,223-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

The Sooners, who carded a 293 (+5), are nine strokes behind tournament leader and No. 8-ranked Arkansas (-4). No. 3 Duke is in second place at 2 under and tournament-host and No. 16-ranked Arizona State finished round one in third at 1 under.

Freshman Ana Ruiz paced the Sooners on the day and is tied for ninth place out of 87 competitors at 70 (-2). Ruiz pocketed three birdies in the round.

OU freshman Valerie Tanguay, who collected a team-high four birdies in the round, fired a 72 (E) and is tied for 24th place.

Sooner freshman Hannah Wood is tied for 53rd place at 75 (+3), and sophomore Alexandra Kaui is tied for 63rd at 76 (+4). Freshman Rylee Pedigo shot an 82 (+10) and is tied for 85th place.

Oklahoma sophomore Maggie Neece is playing as an individual in the tournament and is unattached from team scoring. Neece logged a 74 (+2) and is tied for 41st place.

Sixth-year OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said she was happy with how her team performed in the round.

“It’s very encouraging to see how well we played today. I’m really proud of the way we fought throughout the round,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “We have two more days on a crowded leaderboard, so we need to keep doing our own thing and playing our own game.”

The Sooners are slated to tee off for Saturday’s second round at 10:36 a.m. CT from hole 10. Live scoring and results can be found at GolfStat.com.

1. Arkansas 284
2. Duke 286
3. Arizona State 287
T4. South Carolina 288
T4. Stanford 288
T4. Arizona 288
T7. USC 289
T7. Alabama 289
9. Washington 290
10. Texas 291
T11. UCLA 292
T11. Baylor 292
13. Oklahoma 293
14. UNLV 296
15. San Diego State 302

1. Leona Maguire, Duke 66
T2. Lakareber Abe, Alabama 68
T2. Lauren Kim, Stanford 68
T4. Jia Xin Yang, USC 69
T4. Harley Dubsky, UNLV 69
T4. Monica Vaugn, Arizona State 69
T4. Regina Plasencia, Arkansas 69
T4. Celine Boutier, Duke 69

T9. Ana Ruiz 70
T24. Valerie Tanguay 72
T53. Hannah Wood 75
T63. Alexandra Kaui 76
85. Rylee Pedigo 82
IND. – T41. Maggie Neece 74

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