Sooners in tie for sixth at Jim West Challenge

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The No. 15 OU women’s golf team finished Sunday’s first and second rounds of the Jim West Challenge tied for sixth place. The 15-team tournament is being played at the par-72, 6,137-yard Fazio Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Sooners opened the day with an impressive 284 (-4) in the tournament’s first round before recording a second-round 292 (+4). No. 2 Florida State tops the leaderboard at 561 (-15), and No. 12 Kent State and No. 22 Texas share second place at 7 under.

Julienne Soo led the way for the Sooners on the opening day, firing a two-round 137 (-7), tying for the second-best 36-hole score in program history. The sophomore started out hot, pocketing seven birdies en route to a career-best 67 (-5) in the day’s opening round. She followed with a second-round 70 (-2) and is tied for second place individually out of 75 competitors.

“I’m very happy for Jules,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “She worked extremely hard this summer, so it’s great to see her hard work pay off. She was steady all day and gave our team the boost we needed.”

Junior Valerie Tanguay shares 22nd place at 145. Tanguay opened the day with a 72 and followed with a 73 in the day’s second round. Classmate Hannah Wood is tied for 29th place after shooting a 36-hole 146 (+2). Wood recorded a 73 in both of the day’s rounds.

Ana Ruiz registered a 148 on the day to share 39th place. The junior began strong in the first round of the day with a 72 (E) but struggled in round two, shooting a 76.
Freshman Sydney Youngblood sits in 49th with a 149 after rounds of 73-76.

“In the morning we came out playing extremely well,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “We made a bunch of putts and took advantage of our back nine, but I was proud of the way we battled in the afternoon. It was a long day on the course, and we just didn’t convert on a few putts. I’m excited at the opportunity we have tomorrow in the final round. We have five girls who will compete and give it their all.”

The Sooners will tee off for Monday’s final round of the Jim West Challenge at 9:30 a.m. in a shotgun start. Live scoring and results are available at BirdieFire.com.

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