Sooners get off to hot start in Jim West Challenge, Tulsa in 11th

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas – The 20th-ranked Oklahoma women’s golf team opened its 2017-18 season with two record-breaking rounds at the Jim West Challenge in The Woodlands, Texas, on Monday. OU shot a combined 556 (-12) and sits in second place with one round remaining.

The Sooners began the day by firing a first-round score of 279 (-5) – the lowest season-opening round in program history. Oklahoma followed up the morning performance by shooting 277 (-7) in the afternoon, one stroke shy of the program record for lowest overall round. OU’s combined two-round score of 556 is the best score through 36 holes in OU history, shattering the previous record of 563 (set at the 2012 Alamo Invitational).

“We played solid today,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “I’m really proud of our team for fighting throughout the day. Whenever we play 36 holes, you have to be in survival mode and really stay focused. We look forward to finishing strong in tomorrow’s round.”

No. 5 Duke leads the 13-team field with a two-round score of 542 (-26). The Sooners hold a three-stroke lead over third-place Texas Tech (-9) and are 12 strokes ahead of fourth-place Kent State (even).

Four Sooners sit in the top 16 of the individual standings, led by junior Julienne Soo, who shot back-to-back rounds of 68 (-3). The junior is tied for fourth place with a six-under 136, trailing first-place Leona Maguire of Duke by six strokes. Soo carded just two bogeys on the day, putting together 34 holes of par or better.

Making her return to the Oklahoma lineup after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury early last year, redshirt freshman Sydney Youngblood scored a 139 (-3) and sits tied for 11th place.

Senior Ana Ruiz shot two rounds of one-under 70 and is tied for 13th at 140 (-2). Fellow senior Valerie Tanguay is one stroke behind Ruiz with a two-round total of 141 (-1), good for 16th place.

After shooting a 75 (+4) in her opening round, senior Rylee Pedigo saw the Sooners’ largest bump in the second round, producing a one-under 70 in the afternoon. Pedigo is tied for 27th with a score of 145 (+3).

Freshman Kaitlin Milligan, competing as an individual, is tied for 32nd after scoring a 146 (+4) in her collegiate debut.

The Sooners will tee off in the final round on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Live results will be available on

Tulsa sits in an 11th place tie after two rounds at the Jim West Challenge. Golden Hurricane junior Johanna Samuelsson carded a 1-over par 143 for 22nd place.

Tulsa turned in rounds of 296 and 298 for a 594 total, while Samuelsson had rounds of 73 and 1-under par 70 on the first day of the tournament.

Junior Anneke Strobach shot 77-71 for a 148 score, while senior Nicole Marquardt is in 58th place with a 152 total. Freshman Randi Romack had a solid first collegiate round of golf with an even-par score of 71, but in second round play totaled an 82 for a 153 total and 59th place. Junior Olivia Jackson is in 66th place after rounds of 75 and 82 for a 157 total.

Team Results

  1. Duke                          269-273=542
  2. Oklahoma                   279-277=556
  3. Texas Tech                 279-280=559
  4. Kent State                   275-293=568
  5. Texas A&M                280-291=571
  6. Missouri                     282-291=573
  7. TCU                          288-290=578
  8. UTSA                        292-287=579
  9. UNCG                        287-298=585
  10. Augusta                      300-287=587

T11.    Tulsa                         296-298=584

T11.    Southern Miss             292-302=594

  1. Texas State                 304-299=603


Top-5 Individuals

  1. Leona Maguire, Duke                67=63=130 (-12)

T2.  Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M      68-67=135 (-7)

T2.  Jess Yuen, Missouri                  70-65=135 (-7)

T4.  Julienne Soo, Oklahoma            68-68=136 (-6)

T4.  Ana Belac, Duke                      67-69=136 (-6)

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