Sooners need to make up ground in Norman Regional, OSU duo close

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Photo: Kaitlin Milligan.

NORMAN –With one round remaining in the NCAA Norman Regional, Oklahoma is tied for 10th place with a 36-hole total of 589 (+13). The Sooners shot a second-round score of 8-over 296 on Tuesday at the par-72, 6,367-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

Fighting for a spot in the NCAA Championships, the Sooners will need to climb to one of the top six spots to advance. OU is eight strokes behind sixth-place teams Ole Miss and Texas Tech heading into the final round.

“We’ve put ourselves in a position where we will have to play well tomorrow and anything is possible,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “We have to play one hole at a time and one shot at a time. This is a very special group and I know they can do whatever it will take to play their best on the final day. We have done it all year, so we have to feel it, see it and believe it.”

In the individual standings, sophomore Kaitlin Milligan is tied for fifth place through 36 holes. The Norman native shot a 2-under 70 for the second round in a row, totaling 140 (-4). Starting her day on hole No. 10, Milligan played the back nine at 2-under par to begin her round and finished with three birdies. Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey leads the 91-golfer field at 135 (-9).

Sophomore Sydney Youngblood shares 29th place with a two-day 146 (+2). Youngblood posted an even-par during Tuesday’s second round and closed out the day with a pair of birdies on holes No. 7 and No. 8.

Freshman Mikaela Fortuna is tied for 49th place at 150 (+6) heading into the final round. Freshman Libby Winans and senior Julienne Soo share 63rd place with a two-round 153 (+9). All three players shot 77 (+5) on Tuesday.

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Second-round 68s from Oklahoma State’s Lianna Bailey and Han-Hsuan Yu helped the Cowgirl duo vault up the NCAA Norman Regional leaderboard and into the mix for a trip to the NCAA Championship.

Bailey and Yu both went 4-under on Tuesday, which tied for the second best score of the day at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The two Cowgirls combined for seven birdies, an eagle and just a single bogey.

Bailey posted her first bogey-free round as a Cowgirl and is tied for 14th on the individual leaderboard at 2-under 142. Yu was the regional’s biggest mover of the day thanks to three birdies and an eagle on No. 8, and is now tied for 18thoverall at 1-under 143.

The low six teams and the low three individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. With 18 holes to play, the third ranked individual not on a potential advancing team is at 4-under 140, which is just two strokes ahead of Bailey and three better than Yu.

Eight Cowgirls have combined to advance to 10 NCAA Championships as an individual, including Emma Broze in 2018, who went on to finish 12th at Karsten Creek.

Weather permitting, Yu and Bailey are scheduled to tee off Wednesday’s final round at 8:20 a.m.


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