All three Sooners advance at WAPL

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NORMAN, Okla. — All three members of the University of Oklahoma women’s golf team who are competing in this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship (WAPL) have advanced to the match play portion of the tournament after finishing in the top 64 through two rounds of stroke play at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.
Sooner All-Americans Anne-Catherine Tanguay and Chirapat Jao-Javanil tied for seventh and 17th place, respectively, out of 156 competitors, while Taylor Schmidt tied for 51st. Tanguay finished with a two-round 144 (E), Jao-Javanil shot a 3-over 147 and Taylor Schmidt carded an 8-over 152.
USC golfers Doris Chen and Annie Park each shot a 68 (-4) for the second straight day on Tuesday to share first-place honors at 8 under par.
The round-of-64 matches will begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Jao-Javanil will start at 8:57 a.m. against Madison Opfer (151) of Plant City, Fla. Schmidt will meet Grace Na (145) of Alameda, Calif., starting at 10:36 a.m. Tanguay will square off against Chonlada Chayanun (152) of Thailand at 11:30 a.m.
"It’s great to have three players representing our school in match play," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, who is caddying for Schmidt this week. "The goal when you start this tournament is to play as well as you can to make the top 64. Once you do that, it becomes a head-to-head type of deal. It’s a totally different game from now on. It’s really exciting to see the girls play well and continue their success."
Tanguay, who was at 4 over par on the day through the first nine holes before playing the last nine at 1 under, said she relishes match play.
"My score didn’t really reflect how well I played today," said Tanguay. "I had a good comeback on the last nine and it puts me in a good place for tomorrow. I’m probably going to play a little bit more aggressive, especially on the second shots. Just go at the pins. That’s going to be pretty exciting. I love match play. I’m just very fiery and very, very competitive. I just love it."
After shooting a 3-over-par 75 on Tuesday, Jao-Javanil, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the WAPL last year in New Jersey, said she thinks the match play format could benefit her.
"I’m not used to match play," she said. "I didn’t really participate in match play until I came to the U.S. So I think tomorrow will definitely be refreshing. You can go for a lot of shots you might not (normally) go for. Regardless of what you score on a hole, you press the restart button on the next hole and start all over again."
Jao-Javanil continued, "Today I learned what not to do. Don’t overthink it. I was a little indecisive today and usually I’m not one who thinks about everything. Tomorrow it’s got to be see the line, trust it and just play my game."
Schmidt survived some tense moments late in the day Tuesday.
"I didn’t play as good as I had hoped today," said Schmidt, who bogeyed hole 16 and double-bogeyed 17 en route to a 5-over 77. "I birdied two holes on the back nine before the wheels kind of fell off at the end. I’ve got some things I have to work on tomorrow.
"But it’s a whole new ball game with match play. You just have to keep beating the girl you’re (paired) with and before you know it you’re in the finals. I’m still confident. I didn’t play my best today, but I still did a lot of good things."
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links began in 1977 as a national championship for women who play the nation’s public courses. The WAPL is open to female amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2013, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.
The tournament is open to the public and no admission fee is required.

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