Young Sooners gain experience in Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite

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The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team finished the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in 17th place Sunday. The 54-hole tournament was played at the 6,379-yard, par-72 UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Sooners carded a three-round 920 (+56) in the event, which featured 10 teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 25. Defending national champion and No. 6-ranked Duke won the tournament with an 862 (-2) and was followed by No. 1-ranked South Carolina, which carded an 864 (E). No. 25 North Carolina State finished third at 878 (+14).

OU’s Ana Ruiz led the Sooners on the weekend, recording a three-round 222 (+6). Ruiz shot a final-round 77 (+5) and finished the tournament tied for 25th place out of 96 competitors.

Sooner freshman Hannah Wood and sophomore Alexandra Kaui shared a 53rd-place finish at 228 (+12). Wood logged a 74 (+2) in the final round, while Kaui shot a 77 (+5).

Freshman Rylee Pedigo tied for 89th place at 26 over and Maggie Neece followed at +29 to finish in 91st.

Sixth-year OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said she is excited for her team to grow in the weeks leading up to the next tournament.

"We learned a lot about our team this weekend," Drouin-Luttrell said. "There are some things we need to work on before our next tournament. Ana (Ruiz) had a good week. She posted some solid rounds, and we hope that will build her confidence going into the Alamo Invitational."

The Sooners will return to the course Oct. 26-28 when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the Alamo Invitational.

Team Standings
1. Duke 288-286-288=862
2. South Carolina 287-288-289=864
3. NC State 289-293-296=878
4. Wake Forest 288-291-301=880
5. Arkansas 298-291-293=882
6. Virginia 298-289-296=883
7. LSU 296-295-294=885
8. Oregon 291-300-296=887
9. Vanderbilt 293-296-299=888
10. North Carolina 298-296-299=893
11. Alabama 303-294-297=894
12. Auburn 298-299-303=900
13. Louisville 296-308-304=908
14. Florida 293-309-310=912
15. Rollins College 300-308-305=913
16. Michigan State 301-303-310=914
17. Oklahoma 299-310-311=920
18. Mississippi 310-307-318=935

Top Five Individuals
1. Lauren Diaz-Yi, Virginia
2. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt
T3. Leona Maguire, Duke
T3. Celine Boutier, Duke                     68-72-74=214
T5. Nanna Madsen, South Carolina      69-72-74=215
T5. Marissa Dodd, Wake Forest
T5. Rachael Taylor, NC State
T5. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina 74-73-68=215

OU Participants
T25. Ana Ruiz
T53. Alexandra Kaui
T53. Hannah Wood
T89. Rylee Pedigo
91. Maggie Neece

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