Three Sooners Ready for U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship

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NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team finished ninth at last month’s NCAA Championships, but the 2013 season is anything but over for several members of the OU squad. Sooners Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Taylor Schmidt and Anne-Catherine Tanguay will participate in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship starting Monday, June 17, at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.  
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) began in 1977 as a national championship for women who play the nation’s public courses. The WAPL is open to female amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2013, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.
A field of 156 golfers will compete in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying Monday and Tuesday. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. A total of six match-play rounds will be conducted over the next four days to determine the champion. The final match will be contested over 36 holes.
Tanguay will tee off Monday at 7:30 a.m. on hole 1, Jao-Javanil will tee off at 8 a.m. on hole 1 and Schmidt will tee off at 8:40 a.m. on hole 10.
"They’ve played here a lot more than anyone (else in the field)," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell of her trio of golfers. "It’s very exciting for us to have three players playing in this (event). Obviously we practice here a lot and they know the breaks on the greens. It should be a good week."
Jao-Javanil, OU’s only two-time first-team All-American and who is No. 12 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, said the fact the WAPL is being held in Norman should make for an enjoyable week.
"I’m happy to be playing in this tournament, especially with it being at home," said Jao-Javanil, who made it to the quarterfinals of last year’s WAPL in New Jersey. "I get to sleep in my own bed, I know the course and I know a lot of people who are going to be out here. So I’m just looking forward to having fun.
Playing in her first WAPL, Tanguay said her familiarity of the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club has the potential to provide a big boost.
"I think it’s going to make a huge difference," said Tanguay, a 2013 third-team All-American. "I’ve been here for quite a bit, and knowing the conditions is going to be a big advantage. There’s thick rough and the greens are pretty fast. I think just knowing how the course plays is a huge advantage.
Schmidt, the most veteran Sooner on the 2012-13 squad, has quite a bit of WAPL experience and knows what to expect.
"I played in this tournament twice before," said Schmidt. "It’s been a lot of fun. You get to play against some of the best players in the country. It’s a lot like the (NCAA) national championship and you’ll see a lot of the same girls. I’m really excited for this week. You get to catch up with a lot of your friends."
The 2013 WAPL, which is open to the public and requires no admission charge, will be the second USGA championship conducted at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The course also hosted the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
"This is awesome for us to be hosting," said Drouin-Luttrell. "It’s a great way for us to showcase our home course here on campus. We know we have it really good and for anybody to realize it’s a great place, that’s even better."
Early last month, OU hosted the 2013 NCAA Women’s Central Regional and finished in second place out of 24 teams. Tanguay (-5, tie for second place) and Jao-Javanil (-3; sixth place) each finished in the top 10 out of 126 competitors. 

Groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of stroke play at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship on Monday (June 17) and Tuesday (June 18) at the par 36-36—72, 6,351-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

All Times CDT

Monday (June 17), hole #1; Tuesday (June 18), hole #10

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Grace Na, Alameda, Calif.; Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Canada; Kendall Martindale, Jefferson City, Tenn.

7:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. – Lucy Li, Redwood City, Calif.; Allyssa Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis.; Julia Calbi, South Barrington, Ill.

7:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J.; Clariss Guce, Artesia, Calif.; Brianna Becker, Las Vegas, Nev.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Madchen Ly, Clovis, Calif.; Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Norman, Okla.; Katelyn Wright, Incline Village, Nev.

8:10 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Vanessa Ha, Allen, Texas; Kayla Riede, Dixon, Calif.; Abigail Portyrata, Midlothian, Va.

8:20 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. – Louise Yi, Cinnaminson, N.J.; Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif.; Jade Staggs, Oklahoma City, Okla.

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Ji Hae Lee, Honolulu, Hawaii; Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Taylor Stockton, Houston, Texas

8:40 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas; Tyra Tonkham, Arleta, Calif.; Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii

8:50 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. – Jessica Luo, San Jose, Calif.; Lauren Cate, St. Augustine, Fla.; Ali Prazak, Tiverton, R.I.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Alice Kim, Honolulu, Hawaii; Shawnee Martinez, Modesto, Calif.; Kacey Dalpes, Alamogordo, N.M.

9:10 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. – Ju Hee Bae, Chantilly, Va.; Sagee Palavivatana, North Highlands, Calif.; Kaira Martin, Paradise Valley, Ariz.

9:20 am – 2:20 p.m. – Cherokee Kim, Dupont, Wash.; Samantha Gotcher, Clarksville, Tenn.; Erika Salinas, Sacramento, Calif.

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – TBD, Far Hills, N.J.; Amy Straitt, Riverside, Calif.; Mandi Morrow, Kent, Ohio

Monday (June 17), hole #10; Tuesday (June 18), hole #1

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Katie Lee, Silverdale, Wash.; Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J.; Courtney Radford, Allen, Texas

7:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. – Harin Lee, Bayside, N.Y.; Hannah Sodersten, Fresno, Calif.; Ashley Holder, Orlando, Fla.

7:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Shu-Yin Liu, Tualatin, Ore.; Catherine Dolan, Ballwin, Mo.; Kelli Bowers, Chelan, Wash.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Kris Yoo, Schaumburg, Ill.; Mariah Montoya, Lubbock, Texas; Taylor Clark, Rochester, Mich.

8:10 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Briana Mao, Folsom, Calif.; Rebecca Randolph, Boise, Idaho; Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz.

8:20 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. – Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.; Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif.

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Luciane Lee, Brazil; Madison Opfer, Plant City, Fla.; Laura Murray, Tipp City, Ohio

8:40 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz.; Arinda Bhanaraksa, Chino, Calif.; Taylor Schmidt, Canada

8:50 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. – Yujeong Son, Norman, Okla.; Shelby Martinek, Tempe, Ariz.; Erin Ahern, Hinsdale, Ill.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Tara Lyons, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla.

9:10 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. – Aurora Kan, Avondale, Pa.; Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis.; Abby Newton, Katy, Texas

9:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Ciera Min, Hilo, Hawaii; Kayla Sciupider, Etowah, N.C.; Sammi Smith, Louisville, Ky.

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – A Ram Choi, Canada; Kristina Merkle, Honolulu, Hawaii; Betsy Kelly, Wyoming, Minn.

Monday (June 17), hole #1; Tuesday (June 18), hole #10

12:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Grace Park, San Jose, Calif.; Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii; Karolyne Shieh, Carlisle, Mass.

12:40 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. – Alice Choi, Whitestone, N.Y.; Elsa Moberly, Science Hill, Ky.; Ericka Schneider, Bradenton, Fla.

12:50 p.m. – 7:50 a.m. – Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.; Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla.; Alison Hovatter, Meridianville, Ala.

1 p.m. – 8 a.m. – Chieh Peng, Chinese Taipei; Sarah Kellam, Crittenden, Ky.; Natalie Reeves, Euless, Texas

1:10 p.m. – 8:10 a.m. – Lauren Vogt, Auburn, Ind.; Lacey Fears, Bonaire, Ga.; Alisha Matthews, St. Louis, Mo.

1:20 p.m. – 8:20 a.m. – Esther Park, Doraville, Ga.; Ariel Tidwell, Allen, Texas; Harley Dubsky, Valparaiso, Ind.

1:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Kristine Odaiyar, Ocala, Fla.; Laura Kraft, Jamestown, N.D.

1:40 p.m. – 8:40 a.m. – Patricia Wong, Walnut, Calif.; Kenzie Wright, Frisco, Texas; Yimeng Zheng, People’s Republic of China

1:50 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Lucy Nunn, Lawton, Okla.; Monika Poomcharoen, Temecula, Calif.; Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va.

2 p.m. – 9 a.m. – Katie Kirk, Davidson, N.C.; Raychelle Santos, La Quinta, Calif.; Darian Zachek, Deming, N.M.

2:10 p.m. – 9:10 a.m. – Katie Jean, Rantoul, Ill.; Maria Villegas, Mexico; Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz.

2:20 p.m. – 9:20 a.m. – Julie Yang, Stillwater, Okla.; Demi Frances Runas, Torrance, Calif.; Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M.

2:30 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla.; Whitney French, Corvallis, Ore.; Mercedes Huarte, Argentina

Monday (June 17), hole #10; Tuesday (June 18), hole #1

12:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Rika Park, Coral Gables, Fla.; Kelsey Vines, San Antonio, Texas; Krista Puisite, Latvia

12:40 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. – Makayla Mier, Santa Maria, Calif.; Mallory Viera, Howey In The Hills, Fla.; Kelly Fuchik, Tulsa, Okla.

12:50 p.m. – 7:50 a.m. – Kendall Gray, Federal Way, Wash.; Halley Morell, Brecksville, Ohio; Laura Cilek, Iowa City, Iowa

1 p.m. – 8 a.m. – Selu Fotu, Highland, Utah; Taylor Allison, Elizabeth City, N.C.; Chelsey Couch, Ware Shoals, S.C.

1:10 p.m. – 8:10 a.m. – Emily Kaye, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C.; Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J.

1:20 p.m. – 8:20 a.m. – Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y.; Jessica Chulya, Thailand; Nani Yanagi, Hilo, Hawaii

1:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii; Jacqueline Faldetta, New York, N.Y.; Sabrina Bonanno, Norridge, Ill.

1:40 p.m. – 8:40 a.m. – Madison Kidd, Lake Jackson, Texas; Bryce Schroeder, Pueblo, Colo.; Danielle Gillaspy, Santa Maria, Calif.

1:50 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Chaewon Park, San Pedro, Calif.; Alexis Monet Flores, Litchfield Park, Ariz.; Rachel Halloran, Leawood, Kan.

2 p.m. – 9 a.m. – Samantha Stewart, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Chonlada Chayanun, Thailand; Caitlin Bliss, Katy, Texas

2:10 p.m. – 9:10 a.m. – Marissa Dodd, Allen, Texas; Vaishavi Sinha, West Lafayette, Ind.; Alexis Nelson, Loveland, Ohio

2:20 p.m. – 9:20 a.m. – Jocelyn Chia, La Crescenta, Calif.; Ember Schuldt, Sterling, Ill.; Steffi Neisen, New Prague, Minn.

2:30 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas; Shawn Rennegarbe, Addieville, Ill.; Kaew Preamchuen, Thailand

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