Sooners, Cowgirls giving chase as high winds beset Schooner Fall Classic

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NORMAN – When play was suspended due to wind in the second round of the 2020 Schooner Fall Classic, the Oklahoma women’s golf team sat alone in fifth place followed by Oklahoma State in sixth with five holes left in the round. Play will resume on Monday morning where teams will finish their second rounds, before playing 18 holes to determine a champion.

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Oklahoma was 8 over par as a team when play was called, just two shots behind TCU for third place, but 17 shots behind leader Baylor, which at 9-under is running away with the event. Oklahoma State was a shot behind the Sooners at 9 over.

The Sooners had fallen to eighth place before a string of late birdies from all five members would move head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell‘s team into fifth place before play was stopped at Belmar Golf Club in Norman.

“It was great to get back out there and play competitive golf after being away for seven months,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “We had some good holes as a team, but we’ve got to clean up a few things. We have to have better energy tomorrow and have fun out there.”

The Sooners were led by junior Hannah Screen, who made her Oklahoma debut after sitting out last spring due to transfer rules. The Berkhamsted, U.K., product sunk three birdies across 32 holes, and shined on the back nine in round one, sinking back-to-back-to-back birdies. Screen carded a 1-under, 69, in the opening round and currently sits in 10th place heading into tomorrow’s action.

“I was really excited this morning,” Screen said after the rounds. “I thought I might have been a bit nervous, but I was the opposite. I was just excited to get back out there with the Oklahoma uniform on and play.”

Screen sits at even-par and four strokes off the leader, but has shown the ability to close gaps on the leaderboard quickly. At last year’s Schooner Fall Classic, she played for Houston, and fired rounds of 69 and 70 to finish strong.

“I don’t think I have any fixed expectations on tomorrow,” Screen said. “I just need to focus on my plan for every hole and execute every shot. If I stay relaxed, I’ll be fine.”

Kaitlin Milligan and Maria Fernanda Martinez came on strong on Monday afternoon as both golfers found their way up the leaderboard and are tied at 12th place. Milligan, a Norman native and senior, has claimed top-20 placement in 15 of her last 18 events, while Martinez, a sophomore, is searching for her first top-20 finish in just her fifth event.

The Sooners’ lineup was rounded out by Ellen Secor at 5 over and Libby Winans at 7 over, both golfers carded four birdies on Monday and are within striking distance of the top 20. Hannah Lee played as an individual, carding rounds of 73-74 to sit in a tie for 43rd. Fellow individual competitor, Kaylee Vesely made her OU debut as a freshman and fired rounds of 75 and 81.

Oklahoma State surged in the second round thanks to strong performances from Rina Tatematsu, Isabella Fierro and Lianna Bailey. When play was suspended, Tatematsu was 3-under par on the strength of five birdies, while Fierro and Bailey both had a trio of birdies and were 2-under.

Fierro will enter the final day at Belmar Golf Club just three strokes off the lead and in a tie for seventh. Tatematsu, Bailey and Hailey Jones entered the clubhouse on Sunday at 3-over, 4-over and 5-over, respectively.

Freshman walk-on Angelica Pfefferkorn had a strong first round as a Cowgirl, finishing the morning session with three birdies. The Carmel, Indiana native sits in a tie for 46th with 24 holes to play.

Play will resume Monday at 8:30 a.m. The final round will be live streamed on Sooner Sports TV and broadcast the following day on Fox Sports Oklahoma at 10 a.m. CT.

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