OU women shatter records in resounding Alamo Invitational victory

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The fifth-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s golf team broke two school records en route to its first win of the fall season at the 15-team Alamo Invitational on Tuesday. The Sooners, who were tied for second place going into the third and final round, finished eight strokes ahead of second-place LSU at the 7,206-yard, par-72 Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
The Sooners carded a third-round 276 (-12), breaking the previous school record of 278 (-10) that was set on Sunday in the first round of the tournament. With the help of a second-round 286 (-2), the squad totaled 840 strokes for the tournament (-24), crushing the former OU 54-hole record of 848 set last year at the same event.
Team records, however, weren’t the only ones broken Tuesday. Freshman Alexandra Kaui fired a third-round 65 (-7), shattering the former school 18-hole standard of 66 set by Kim O’Connor in the 1994-95 season. Added to her first-round 68 (-4) and her second-round 73 (+1), Kaui also set the OU 54-hole scoring record in relation to par at -10.  Her three-round 206 tied OU’s 54-hole record score set last year by current senior Chirapat Jao-Javanil on a par-70 course.
Kaui, who placed second in the tournament out of 81 competitors, said she couldn’t be more pleased with her final round, which included seven birdies and 11 pars.
"I feel ecstatic and happy," Kaui said. "It feels great to shoot such a low round to help the team win the tournament. I’ve been practicing hard the last few weeks, and it’s fun watching it pay off."
Anne-Catherine Tanguay tied for fifth place with a three-round 212 (-4). The senior shot par or better in all three rounds and finished with a 1-under 71 on the last day. Her 54-hole score was her best this season, 11 shots better than her previous low.
Seniors Emily Collins and Chirapat Jao-Javanil weren’t far behind, each tying for seventh place with a 213 (-3). Collins climbed 10 spots on the leaderboard on the final day, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round. Jao-Javanil jumped one spot after a final-round 72 (E). Both golfers shot par or better in all three rounds.
Kaitlyn Rohrback recorded a third-round 70 (-2) to tie for 17th place with a 215 (-1). The senior played a bogey-free final round, helping her leap nine places on the leaderboard.
Fifth-year head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said it’s great to see her team’s hard work pay off.
"I’m so proud of this team," Drouin-Luttrell said. "We played so solid and couldn’t be happier, especially going into the offseason. We changed our practices and it’s great to see it pay off. Breaking any record is great. This team broke records at this course last year and to do it again is very impressive."
The Alamo Invitational marked the last tournament of the Sooners’ fall campaign. The team will be back on the course Feb. 9-11 for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

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