NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s golf competes in Norman for the only time this season when it hosts the seventh-annual Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club. The three-day event takes place Friday through Sunday and is free for the public to attend. The 15-team tournament will be played with a par of 70 and 6,048 yards.
Hosted in partnership with the Toby Keith Foundation, the Schooner Fall Classic is a unique tournament that ties in a community service element for all participating student-athletes and coaches. Following Friday’s opening round, the golfers and staff members have the opportunity to interact with children staying at OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City.
The Toby Keith Foundation works to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and their families through OK Kids Korral, which is a cost-free, comfortable home for pediatric patients receiving treatment. All proceeds from the Schooner Fall Classic benefit The Toby Keith Foundation as it enters its sixth year of helping children battling cancer.
“We’re excited to play in Norman this weekend,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “It’s always fun to get to play in front of our families and friends. We obviously know the golf course very well and each player needs to play their own game.”
The tournament is also unique in that it is one of the few collegiate golf tournaments to be televised. The opening round will air from 12:00-3 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest, Fox College Sports Central and the Fox Sports Go App (cable package authentication required). SoonerSports TV personality Chad McKee will provide play-by-play during the round, while Beth Brown and former OU golfer Kaitlyn Rohrback will serve as analysts. Megan McDonald will provide on-the-course coverage as a reporter.
The loaded tournament features four teams ranked in the top 25 of the WGCA Coaches Poll: No. 2 Texas, No. 13 Florida State, No. 19 Illinois and No. 25 Alabama. The field is rounded out by Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas State.
Oklahoma opened the season with a sixth-place finish at the Minnesota Invitational earlier in September. Junior Kaitlin Milligan and sophomore Mikhaela Fortuna led the Sooners by tying for 12th place.
The Sooners will tee off the front beginning at 9:50 a.m. CT on Friday and will be paired with golfers from Notre Dame and Florida. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.
In addition to the five golfers in the OU lineup, freshman Linley Ooi, sophomore Hannah Lee and senior Ellen Secor will compete as individuals.
1, Kaitlin Milligan: Playing in her hometown of Norman (graduated from Norman North)…Opened the season with a 12th place finish at the Minnesota Invitational…A 2018 All-Big 12 selection…Wrapped up her 2018-19 campaign ranked No. 43 in the national Golfstat rankings and No. 53 in the Golfweek collegiate rankings…Qualified for the 2019 NCAA Championships as an individual after winning the NCAA Norman Regional…Her 2018-19 season stroke average (72.40) is the fourth lowest in program history…Strung together eight straight top-20 finishes from Sept. 30 through March 31, including five in the top 10…Her 117 birdies in 2017-18 were the second most that season by a Division I freshman…Owns the program and Big 12 record for lowest round, firing a 62 (-10) in the first round of the 2018 Westbrook Invitational.
2, Mikhaela Fortuna: Opened the season with a 12th place finish at the Minnesota Invitational…Took part in nine events as a freshman with a 74.27 stroke average…Collected three top-20 finishes in her rookie season…Tied for 16th at the Westbrook Invitational…Competed as an individual at the Schooner Fall Classic and posted two rounds in the 60s, finishing in a tie for 14th place.
3, Sydney Youngblood: Saw action in seven tournaments last season, firing a 73.60 stroke average…Claimed 36th place in the NCAA Norman Regional…Carded a career-low 64 (-7) at the Schooner Fall Classic…Competed in all postseason events in 2018, including the NCAA Championships…Finished in 24th place at the 2018 NCAA Regional, shooting a 219 (+3) in Austin, Texas.
4, Maria Fernanda Martinez: Making her second appearance in the OU lineup…Enrolled at Oklahoma last January and redshirted during the spring semester…Came to OU from Veracruz, Mexico.
5, Libby Winans: Broke the program record for lowest season scoring average by a freshman with a 72.59 average…Also owns the OU freshman record for par-or-better rounds with 15…Led the Sooners with a sixth-place finish in the 2019 Big 12 Championship, the highest finish in the tournament by an OU freshman since 2015…Named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team…Earned her first tournament win at the Clover Cup shooting a 214 (-2)…Tied for fifth in the Moon Golf Invitational to earn her second-best collegiate finish scoring a 211 (-5)…Back-to-back top-ten finishes at the Schooner Fall Classic and Magnolia Invitational.