Sooners place two in top 10, take fourth at Jim West Challenge, OSU right behind after best round of fall season

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SAN MARCOS, Texas – Sophomore Savannah Barber tied for fourth (13-under, 203), and sophomore Isabelle Schlick tied for ninth (9-under, 207) as the Oklahoma women’s golf team finished fourth (20-under, 844) at the Jim West Challenge at Kissing Tree Golf Club on Monday. Oklahoma State closed with its best round of the fall season to finish fifth, two shots behind the Sooners.

The Sooners opened the tournament with 36 holes on Sunday, Oct. 22, tallying rounds of 282-286 and entering the final 18 in seventh. OU fired a 12-under 276 to wrap up the event. Entering the day in a three-way tie for first, SMU took home the Jim West Challenge with an overall 38-under 826 performance, highlighted by a 23-under round-three score.

Schlick drained eight birdies and no bogeys in the third round, firing an 8-under 64. Her third-round score tied for the second-lowest individual round score in program history. The Bad Homburg, Germany, product recorded rounds of 70-73-64 and tied for ninth, marking her first top-10 finish in the Crimson and Cream.

“I’m really proud of both Isabelle and Savannah, and the great week they put together,” said Oklahoma head women’s golf coach Veronqiue Drouin-Luttrell. “As a team, we have been very close the last few rounds. We put together a good tournament and it is rewarding. We are going to continue to trust the process and push each other to get better.”

Barber fired rounds of 69-65-69 and tied for fourth, earning her first top-5 finish at Oklahoma. The Fort Worth, Texas product continued her dominant stretch to open the third round, improving to 3-under through five after a birdie on the 10th and eagle on the 11th hole. Barber tallied a bogey on the 13th and ended the back nine with birdies on the 14th and 18th holes. She moved back to 3-under after a setback on the second hole and responded with her fourth and final birdie on the third. Barber ended her round with two pars and a bogey.

Senior Nina Lang tallied rounds of 72-73-71 and tied for 34th with an even-par 216. Lang opened the final round on the ninth and recorded a pair of birdies on the 14th and 16th holes, finishing the back nine 2-under 34. The Ingolstadt, Germany, product improved to 3-under through 11 with a birdie on the first hole. After four consecutive pars, Lang dropped a pair of strokes on the sixth and seventh holes.

Junior Reagan Chaney recorded rounds of 71-75-72 and tied for 45th with a 2-over 218. Chaney started her final 18 on the 10th and dropped a stroke on the 11th. The Ardmore, Okla., product responded with birdies on the 14th and 18th holes, finishing the back nine 1-under 35. Chaney dropped a pair of strokes with bogeys on the first and third holes and responded with an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. She ended the tournament with three pars and a bogey on the eighth.

Freshman Holly McLean tied for 68th (20-over, 236) and recorded a 2-over 74 to wrap up the event. McLean started her round on the 10th and moved to 2-over through three with bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes. She drained her lone birdie on the 15th and finished the back nine 1-over 37. McLean recorded six pars to open the front nine and suffered a one-stroke setback on the seventh. She ended her round with a pair of pars.

Sophomore Gracie Mayo competed as an individual and tallied rounds of 74-74-69, tying for 42nd with a 1-over 217. Mayo recorded four birdies, including three to open the back nine. Her lone bogey occurred on the par-3 second hole.

Oklahoma women’s golf concludes its fall slate at the Hurricane Invitational at Biltmore Golf Course in Miami, Fla., Oct. 30-31.

Oklahoma State women’s golf saved its best fall round for last, posting a round three score of 15-under 273 to place fifth.

The Cowgirls were the biggest riser on Monday, jumping four teams to finish with a 54-hole score of 18-under 846. d
Angelica Pfefferkorn had a career round on Monday, churning out her first 60s round as a Cowgirl with a 6-under 66. Pfefferkorn’s play tied her for the eighth best round-three score in the field and surged her to a tied for 45th placement overall.

Pfefferkorn made the most of the fall season. After only playing three tournament rounds in her first three years with the Cowgirls, the senior started in three fall tournaments while competing individually at the Illini Women’s Invitational.

Clemence Martin led the Cowgirls in San Marcos, placing 13th with a score of 8-under 71-67-70. Martin’s consistent play continued to be a factor, as she led the Cowgirls with 14 birdies, while placing second on the team in pars.

Martin’s fall closer marked her best individual finish of the fall.

Marta Silchenko finished tied for 24th, concluding round-three action at 2-under 70. Across 54 holes, Silchenko racked up a baker’s dozen worth of birdies, recording an eagle on hole No. 18 in round two.

Thitaporn Saithip ended play tied for 31st after finishing 1-under across three rounds. Saithip led the Cowgirls with 36 pars, while also cashing in 10 birdies.

In the same hole pairing as Pfefferkorn, Ellie Bushnell also marked her best round as a Cowgirl, closing the fall season with a 5-under 67 round three. Bushnell caught fire in the back nine, riddling off four-consecutive birdies from hole Nos. 15-18 before adding an eagle on hole No. 3.

Bushnell co-led the field in eagles in San Marcos, dialing up eagles on hole No. 3 in back-to-back rounds.

Oklahoma State concludes its fall season with back-to-back top-five placements. The Cowgirls will return on Feb. 4 when they tee off their spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, PR.


 

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