Soo places third, helps Sooners claim sixth at Jim West Challenge

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Sophomore Julienne Soo.

The No. 15 Oklahoma women’s golf team finished Monday’s third and final round of the Jim West Challenge in sixth place. The 15-team event was held at the par-72, 6,137-yard Fazio Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Sooners carded a 2-under 286 on the day for a three-round 2-under 862. No. 2 Florida State finished at the top of the leaderboard with an 840 and No. 12 Kent State placed second at -17. No. 13 Miami took third place with an 853.

Sophomore Julienne Soo paced the Sooners throughout the tournament, finishing in a share of third place out of 75 competitors with a 9-under 207,  which is a tie for the second-best 54-hole score in OU program history. Soo pocketed two birdies in Monday’s round en route to a bogey-free 70 (-2). The sophomore played all three rounds of the tournament under par, including a career-best 67 (-5) in the opening round of the event.

Valerie Tanguay finished in a share of 15th place at 214. The junior logged a 3-under 69 in the final round, which ties for her best career score. Tanguay also had a bogey-free third round.

Classmate Hannah Wood posted her third round of 73 on Monday to finish at 219 for the tournament. Wood completed the tournament in a share of 30th place.

Junior Ana Ruiz posted a 74 in the day’s final round to tie for 43rd place at 222  and freshman Sydney Youngblood shared 48th (224;+8) after shooting 75 Monday.

“We played well again today,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “Women’s golf in general is so good right now. I’m really proud of the way we continued to battle. We challenged the girls to stay patient out there and let good things happen, and they responded with a strong finish.”

The Sooners return to the course for the final tournament of the fall slate on Oct. 28-30 in Wilmington, N.C. for the Landfall Tradition.

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