Sooners down Cowgirls, Tulsa advances in The Match Play at Jimmie Austin OU

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NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s golf finished stroke play as the No. 1 seed and topped in-state foe Oklahoma State, 4-1, opening the match play portion of The Match Play at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

Sophomore Savannah Barber cruised in the first 18 holes, finishing a tournament-best 5-under 67. Barber recorded seven birdies and was the only golfer to finish in the 60s.

Junior Reagan Chaney and senior Nina Lang tied for third (1-under, 71), and sophomore Isabelle Schlick tied for 10th (1-over 73), helping the Sooners secure the No. 1 seed. Sophomore Gracie Mayo completed the OU lineup, tying for 35th (7-over, 79).

The Sooners opened the first of three match play rounds against OSU and continued their dominance, winning four matches 2-up or greater. Lang and Chaney each claimed 3-up victories over Thitaporn Saithip and Angelica Pfefferkorn, respectively. Schlick and Barber secured the team win, finishing 2-up against Ellie Bushnell and Sammie Miller. Mayo dropped the lone match, falling to Silchenko 2-up.

Lang raced out to a three-hole advantage through the first four holes before Saithip battled back, winning the fifth, sixth and seventh holes and moving the match back to even. The two went shot-for-shot and entered the 13th hole all square. Lang won the 13th and 15th before earning the match victory on the 16th.

Chaney and Pfefferkorn were even through seven before she gave OU its largest advantage to close out the front nine, winning the eighth and ninth holes. Pfefferkorn won the ninth and Chaney responded, winning the 10th and moving back to a two-hole advantage. OSU cut it back to one on the 12th before the Ardmore, Okla., product pushed her lead back to two with a win on the 13th. Chaney closed out the match on the 16th.

Barber and Miller were locked in a battle and tied through the 13th hole. The Fort Worth, Texas product won the 14th and claimed victory on the 17th.

Schlick dominated the opening portion of her match, holding a 5-hole through the 10th. OSU’s Bushnell battled back and narrowed the deficit to two with three holes remaining. The Bad Homburg, Germany, product concluded the match on the 17th.

Tulsa opened play at The Match Play at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club Monday with a solid round of stroke play to earn the second-seed position behind OU heading into match play.

Tulsa advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal round with a 4-1 victory over Houston.

Tulsa finished second in the round of stroke play with a 2-over par 290 score, trailing first-place Oklahoma by eight strokes. The remaining team finishes in stroke play, three thru eight, were North Texas (292), Texas Tech (297), Kansas State (299), Tulane (304), Houston (304) and Oklahoma State (308).

Tulsa and Houston squared off in the first round of match play and TU advanced to a Tuesday morning semifinal match against North Texas. As the No. 3 seed, UNT grabbed a 3-1-1 win over Tulane in their first match.

Hurricane wins came from juniors Lovisa Gunnar at 3-up and Sydney Seigel 5-up, and sophomores Jenni Roller 5-up and Grace Kilcrease 2-up. Redshirt freshman Allyn Stephens lost her match 6-up.

In stroke play competition earlier in the day, Stephens finished in a third-place tie with a 1-under par 71, while Grace Kilcrease was one stroke back at even-par 72 to finish in a tie for eighth place. Roller was one shot behind Kilcrease at 1-over 73. Tulsa juniors Gunnar and Seigel shot rounds of 74 and 77, respectively, ending stroke play competition in 15th and 27th place.

Tuesday, April 9 

Match play round two (8 a.m. start, No. 1 and No. 10)

Match play round three (1:30 p.m. start, No. 1 and No. 10)

Live results for the final two rounds of Match Play on Tuesday will be available at Golfstat.com.


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