Photo: Freshmans Sydney Youngblood and Kaitlin Milligan.
NORMAN – No. 10 Oklahoma women’s golf tied for sixth place at the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman. The Sooners shot a final-round score of 282 (-2), totaling a 54-hole score of 854 (+2) at the par-71 6,046-yard course.
“We had a solid start to our round that helped us improve,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “This week had the extra pressure of wanting to play well at home, and I think having to face that pressure will make our team stronger. We had a lot of good experiences this week that will help us throughout the season.”
No. 3 Alabama won the event by shooting a 21-under 831 – 17 strokes ahead of second-place Clemson (848, -4). Alabama’s Kristen Gillman shot 13-under over the three rounds to take the individual title (200).
Junior Julienne Soo and redshirt freshman Sydney Youngblood led the Sooners in the final round by each carding a 69 (-2). Youngblood tied for 36th at 217 (+4) while Soo captured her second-straight top-10 finish, tying for ninth place with a 3-under 210. Soo has finished at or below par in nine of her last 13 tournaments.
Freshman Kaitlin Milligan, making her first tournament start for the Sooners, fired a 1-under 70 in the final round to finish the tournament at 1-under (212) and tied for 16th place. A graduate of Norman North, Milligan is the first OU freshman to earn a top-20 finish since current seniors Ana Ruiz and Hannah Wood in 2014.
Ruiz tied for 47th place at 220 (+7) and senior Valerie Tanguay tied for 52nd with a 221 (+8).
Three Sooners competed individually during the home event, led by Wood’s sixth-place finish. Wood closed her final Schooner Fall Classic with a 1-under 70 to total 209 (-4) to secure her 10th career top-10 finish.
Freshman Hannah Lee, making her Sooner debut, tied for 36th with a 217 (+4) and junior Karen Arimoto tied for 61st (225, +12).
Hosted in partnership with the Toby Keith Foundation, the Schooner Fall Classic is a unique tournament that ties in a community service element for all participating student-athletes and coaches. Following Saturday’s opening round, the golfers and staff members had the opportunity to interact with children staying at OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City.
The Toby Keith Foundation works to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and their families through OK Kids Korral, which is a cost-free, comfortable home for pediatric patients receiving treatment. All proceeds from the Schooner Fall Classic benefit The Toby Keith Foundation.
The Sooners are back in action October 9-10 at The Betsy Rawls in Austin, Texas.
Tulsa had its best round of 291 but was still in the 15th and final position with a score of 890 at the par 71 Belmar Golf Club. Tulsa’s Anneke Strobach scored Tulsa’s best round with a two-under par 69 on Monday for a 7-over par 220 total, tying with teammate Johanna Samuelsson for 47th place overall. Samuelsson carded an even-par 71 in the final round.
Junior Olivia Jackson finished in 60th place with a 54-hole score of 224 after today’s round of 75, senior Nicole Marquardt had a 231 total for 72nd place, while sophomore Taylor Dobson finished in 78th place with a score of 235.
Tulsa will be in action next at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate, October 6-8, in Denver, Colorado.
- Alabama 281-281-269=831
- Clemson 285-286-277=848
- Florida 284-286-279=849
- Texas 290-287-274=851
- Florida State 291-285-277=853
T6. Oklahoma 277-295-282=854
T6. Notre Dame 294-282-278=854
T8. Washington 294-285-280=859
T8. Texas A&M 278-292-289=859
- Miami 287-291-285=863
- UCF 287-294-286=867
- Baylor 290-299-281=870
- Texas State 295-293-288=876
- Miss. State 301-293-291=885
- Tulsa 306-293-291=890
T47. Johanna Samuelsson 75-74-71=220
T47. Anneke Strobach 81-70-69=220
- Olivia Jackson 75-74-75=224
T72. Nikki Marquardt 75-78-78=231
T78. Taylor Dobson 84-75-76=235
- Kristen Gillman, Alabama 68-68-64=200 (-13)
- Lauren Stephenson, Alabama 69-68-66=203 (-10)
- Alice Hewson, Clemson 67-73-65=205 (-8)
T4. Dewi Weber, Miami 72-68-67=207 (-6)
T4. Ana Paula Valdes, Clemson 68-72-67=207 (-6)