Crimson Tide shoot 45-under to win Schooner Fall Classic, Sooners third

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NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s golf had another strong showing as it concluded the Schooner Fall Classic on Sunday at the par-71, 6,048-yard Belmar Golf Club in Norman. The Sooners shot 275 (-9) on Sunday to claim third place with a three-round score of 831 (-21).

OU opened the event with a 289 (+5) on Friday before posting a program-record 267 (-17) on Saturday. The Sooners shot 25 shots under par in the final 36 holes of their home tournament.

“I’m really proud of everyone for fighting the last couple of days,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “It really goes to show you that you must enjoy what you do and have a blast doing it. The last two days showed how much talent we have. Now we just have to continue working.”

Alabama won the 15-team event by shooting 807 (-45) – the lowest 54-hole score in relation to par in NCAA history. The Crimson Tide’s historic performance was fueled by four golfers finishing in the top 10, including individual medalist Jiwon Jeon (196, -17) and runner-up Lauren Stephenson (199, -14).

Playing in her hometown of Norman, Sooner sophomore Kaitlin Milligan sunk five birdies on the back nine to record a 68 (-3) in the final round. Milligan tied for fifth in the individual standings with a three-day score of 68 (-3).

Milligan was joined in the top 10 by freshman Libby Winans. Competing in just her second collegiate tournament, Winans shot a 7-under 206 and recorded 12 birdies over her three rounds. She ended the event with a 70 (-1) on Sunday.

Sophomore Sydney Youngblood followed up her career-best 64 on Saturday with an even-par 71 on Sunday. Youngblood tied for 19th with a 3-under 210.

After shooting a pair of 73s in the first two rounds, senior Julienne Soo went bogey-free on the final day and posted a season-best 66 (-5). Soo took 28th place with a 212 (-1) – climbing 19 spots over the final round.

Sophomore Hannah Lee finished in 56th with 221 (+8).

Two additional Sooners took part in the event as individuals. Freshman Mikhaela Fortuna, making her collegiate debut, tied for 14th with a 4-under 209 while senior Karen Arimoto shot a 226 (+13).

Sunday’s competition concluded the sixth edition of the Schooner Fall Classic. 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 Friday’s opening round, the golfers and staff members have 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 as it enters its fifth year of helping children battling cancer.

Oklahoma returns to the course on Oct. 14 at the Magnolia Invitational in Starkville, Miss.


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