Sooners place sixth in rain-shortened Minnesota Invitational

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Oklahoma women’s golf opened the season by taking sixth place at the Minnesota Invitational, played at the 72-par, 6,297-yard Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minn. The Sooners fired a 585 (+9) in the two-day event and placed three golfers in the top 25.

Originally scheduled as a 54-hole tournament, three weather delays on Monday shortened the season-opening event to two rounds. After firing a 290 (+2) on Monday morning, the Sooners carded a 295 (+7) in the second round, which began Monday afternoon and concluded when play resumed Tuesday.

Kentucky claimed the team title by firing a 577 (+1) and Caterina Don of Georgia won the individual crown by producing a 9-under 135.

“We had some great moments this week as we returned to competition,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “There are a few things to work on for the Schooner, but this team is one of the best we’ve had and we look forward to playing in Norman in a few weeks.”

Junior Kaitlin Milligan and sophomore Mikhaela Fortuna led the Sooners by tying for 12th place with scores of 145 (+1). The finish is the highest of Fortuna’s collegiate career and her fourth top-20 showing. Milligan has claimed a top-20 placement in 10 of her last 12 tournaments.

Junior Sydney Youngblood shot an even-par 72 in the second round to tie for 25th with a total of 147 (+3). Sophomore Libby Winans improved by two strokes from her first round, tallying a 2-over 74 and totaling a 150 (+6).

In her first collegiate tournament, freshman Maria Fernanda Martinez totaled a 5-over 149 to tie for 35th.

The Sooners are back in action Sept. 27-29 when they host the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman.


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