NORMAN – No. 24 Oklahoma women’s golf competes in Norman for the only time this regular season when it hosts the sixth-annual Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club. The three-day event takes place Friday through Sunday and is free for the public to attend. The 15-team tournament will be played with a par of 71 and 6,046 yards.
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.
“We’re excited to play at home,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We don’t get to do it very often but we always enjoy hosting our event. The team has put in a lot of time in at Belmar to get ready and can’t wait to see how we play on one of our home courses.”
The tournament is also unique in that it is one of the few collegiate golf tournaments to be televised. The opening round will air from 12:00-3 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest, Fox College Sports Central and the Fox Sports Go App (cable package authentication required). SoonerSports TV personality Chad McKee will provide play-by-play during the round, while former LPGA pro Stephanie Brecht and former OU golfer Kaitlyn Rohrback will serve as analysts. Jessica Coody will provide on-the-course coverage as a reporter.
The Schooner features a loaded field that boasts five teams ranked in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association preseason poll: No. 2 Alabama, No. 8 Texas, No. 15 Florida State, No. 20 Baylor and No. 24 Oklahoma. The field is rounded out by Miami, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas State, UNCW and Wisconsin.
Oklahoma tees off of the first hole beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT on Friday and will be paired with golfers from Alabama and Notre Dame. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.
Julienne Soo, senior: Qualified for stage 1 of Q-School…A Golfweek All-America Team Honorable Mention…Finished her junior season with a stroke average of 72.27 – tied with Chirapat Jao-Javanil’s 2012-13 campaign for the lowest in program history (both golfers took exactly 2,457 shots in 34 rounds)…Claimed 19th place in the 2018 NCAA Championships – the second-highest finish by a Big 12 golfer in the field…Named to the All-Big 12 Team in 2017 and 2018…Also named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team and Academic All-Big 12 Team.
Libby Winans, freshman: Making her second collegiate start…Opened her career with a 222 (+6) at the Minnesota Invitational and tied for 29th place…Won the 2018 Texas 6A State Championship while also capturing district and regional crowns at Plano East High School…Advanced to the match play portion of the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and the round of 32 in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Hannah Lee, sophomore: Fourth time competing in the Sooners starting lineup…Opened the season with a team-best finish of 17th place by shooting a 220 at the Minnesota Invitational (+4)…Carded a career-best 68 in the opening round of the Minnesota Invitational…Played in three events as a freshman…Competed as an individual at the 2017 Schooner Fall Classic shooting 2-under in her final two days.
Sydney Youngblood, sophomore: Competed in all postseason events in 2018, including the NCAA Championships…Finished in 24th place at the NCAA Austin Regional, shooting a 219 (+3)…Best finish of the year was a ninth-place showing at the Jim West Challenge with a career-low 209 (-4).
Kaitlin Milligan, sophomore: Competed in every event her freshman season…Her 117 birdies were the second most in the 2017-18 by a Division I freshman and ranked in the top 20 among all DI golfers…Owns the program and Big 12 record for lowest round, firing a 62 (-10) in the first round of the 2018 Westbrook Invitational…Took second place at the Westbrook Invitational after shooting a 54-hole total of 199 (-17), good for the lowest individual tournament score in school history.
Individual, Karen Arimoto: Competed in two events last season…Played as an individual at the 2017 Schooner Fall Classic, finishing tied for 61st place (225, +12)…Has competed seven career events.
Individual, Mikhaela Fortuna: Making her collegiate debut…A freshman from Manila, Philippines…Captured second place in the 2018 Philippine Ladies Open…Took second in the 2016 Women’s Western Amateur Championship.