Milligan shoots 2-under, Sooners open in 11th in home regional

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Oklahoma opened the NCAA Norman Regional by carding a 5-over 293 on Monday at the par-72, 6,367-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The Sooners are tied for 11th place in the 18-team event with two days remaining.

The top six schools from the Norman Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. With 54 holes to play, Oklahoma is six strokes out of sixth place.

“Our games are in a good spot, we just missed some opportunities today,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We need to keep fighting and play our own game.”

Playing in her hometown of Norman, sophomore Kaitlin Milligan sits in sixth place after firing a 2-under 70. Milligan’s four birdies helped position herself two strokes behind leader Michaela Fletcher of Memphis.

Freshman Mikhaela Fortuna is tied for 34th with a 1-over 73 while sophomore Sydney Youngblood is in 45th after totaling a 74 (+2).

Freshman Libby Winans and senior Julienne Soo both shot 76 (+4).

The Sooners tee off in the second round at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday off of hole No. 10 and will be paired with golfers from Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.

Live scoring is available on and admission to the tournament is free.

Oklahoma State’s Lianna Bailey carded a 2-over 74 and Han-Hsuan Yu opened with a 3-over 75 playing as individuals.

Through 18 holes, Bailey is tied for 45th overall and Yu isn’t far behind in a tie for 54th. Both Cowgirls posted a pair of birdies in the soggy conditions following Sunday night’s storms.

Each of the four NCAA Regional sites feature 18 teams and six individuals. The low six teams and the low three individuals not on those teams from each regional will advance to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Currently at the Norman Regional, the third ranked individual not on a potential advancing team is at 2-under 70 with 36 holes to play.

Eight Cowgirls have combined to advance to 10 NCAA Championships as an individual, including Emma Broze in 2018, who went on to finish 12th at Karsten Creek.

Yu and Bailey are scheduled to tee off Tuesday’s round at 8:20 a.m.

The University of Tulsa freshman golfer Lorena Tseng carded a round of 3-over par 75 and sits in a 54th-place tie following first round action Monday. Tseng had a strong finish to her opening round with birdie putts on the par-5 eighth hole and the par-4 ninth hole.


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