For the second straight day, the University of Oklahoma women’s golf team shot a 3-over-par 291 at the 24-team NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday. The Sooners remain in eighth place through two rounds at the par-72 University of Georgia Golf Course and have two rounds remaining.
Fourth-ranked OU trails leader USC by 22 shots, but is just four strokes outside the top five. USC shot tournament-best 12 under Wednesday and is in front of second-place Alabama by 12 shots. Alabama’s Stephanie Meadows is at 8 under par through two rounds and holds a one-shot lead among a field of 126 competitors.
"We did a lot of good stuff today but made some mistakes," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "We had a few doubles that hurt our score but came back and made some birdies. We have a great game plan in place and have to execute it the next couple days."
OU juniors Chirapat Jao-Javanil and Anne-Catherine Tanguay each posted under-par second rounds. Jao-Javanil carded a team-low 70 (-2), five shots better than her opening round 75. She began the day with an eagle on the par-4 10th hole, draining a 146-yard approach shot with a 7-iron.
The reigning national champion (she won last year’s NCAA title by four shots), Jao-Javanil jumped 41 places on the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd place with a two-round 145 (+1).
Tanguay moved up 36 spots in the standings from 64th to 28th after her 1-under 71 Wednesday. She was at 2 over par on the day through six holes but played the final 12 at 3 under. Her day included four birdies. Tanguay is at +2 through 36 holes.
Senior Taylor Schmidt also pocketed four second-round birdies en route to a 1-over 73. She was at 2 under par through 14 holes and in the tournament’s top five before bogeying three of the last four. Her two-round 144 (E) has her tied for a team-best 20th place.
Kaitlyn Rohrback shot a 5-over 77 Wednesday and fellow junior Emily Collins carded a 79. Collins is tied for 70th place at 6 over par while Rohrback is tied for 80th at 7 over.
The second round was suspended Wednesday evening due to lightning with six teams still on the course. Second-round play will resume on Thursday at 7:25 a.m. ET, and the third round will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Sooners will likely tee off beginning at 12:55 p.m. ET on hole 10. Live stats are available at NCAA.com.
Oklahoma State’s women’s golf team tallied a 300 during its second round at the NCAA Championship on Wednesday to hold its spot on the leaderboard, standing in 22nd place at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The second round of play was delayed for two hours due to weather during afternoon play, leaving six teams unable to finish their rounds. Round two will resume at 7:25 a.m. with tee times for the third round slated to begin at 7:30 a.m.
OSU has a 36-hole total of 603, 27-over, and is one shot behind Mississippi State at the par-72, 6,372-yard layout. Southern California distanced itself from the field with a 276 during its second round to stand at 16-under 560 and 12 strokes clear of the field.
Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow posted a 67 to come in atop the individual standings at 8-under 136.
Cowgirl freshman Julie Yang finished the day tied for 28th place at 2-over 146 after carding an even-par 72. Yang’s round consisted of a pair of birdies on her outward nine as well as one on her inward nine en route to the squad’s low score through two rounds.
Junior Jayde Panos followed an opening 75 with a 74 to come in tied for 57th place at 149.
Junior Josephine Janson’s 74 put her in a tie for 89th place at 152, while senior Kelsey Vines finished in a tie for 110th at 156 after posting an 80.
Junior Lauren Falley also posted an 80 to come in tied for 120th at 158.