Youngblood, Milligan finish strong as Sooners take sixth at Belmar

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Photo: Freshmans Sydney Youngblood and Kaitlin Milligan.

NORMAN – No. 10 Oklahoma women’s golf tied for sixth place at the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman. The Sooners shot a final-round score of 282 (-2), totaling a 54-hole score of 854 (+2) at the par-71 6,046-yard course.

“We had a solid start to our round that helped us improve,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “This week had the extra pressure of wanting to play well at home, and I think having to face that pressure will make our team stronger. We had a lot of good experiences this week that will help us throughout the season.”

No. 3 Alabama won the event by shooting a 21-under 831 – 17 strokes ahead of second-place Clemson (848, -4). Alabama’s Kristen Gillman shot 13-under over the three rounds to take the individual title (200).

Junior Julienne Soo and redshirt freshman Sydney Youngblood led the Sooners in the final round by each carding a 69 (-2). Youngblood tied for 36th at 217 (+4) while Soo captured her second-straight top-10 finish, tying for ninth place with a 3-under 210. Soo has finished at or below par in nine of her last 13 tournaments.

Freshman Kaitlin Milligan, making her first tournament start for the Sooners, fired a 1-under 70 in the final round to finish the tournament at 1-under (212) and tied for 16th place. A graduate of Norman North, Milligan is the first OU freshman to earn a top-20 finish since current seniors Ana Ruiz and Hannah Wood in 2014.

Ruiz tied for 47th place at 220 (+7) and senior Valerie Tanguay tied for 52nd with a 221 (+8).

Three Sooners competed individually during the home event, led by Wood’s sixth-place finish. Wood closed her final Schooner Fall Classic with a 1-under 70 to total 209 (-4) to secure her 10th career top-10 finish.

Freshman Hannah Lee, making her Sooner debut, tied for 36th with a 217 (+4) and junior Karen Arimoto tied for 61st (225, +12).

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 Saturday’s opening round, the golfers and staff members had 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.

The Sooners are back in action October 9-10 at The Betsy Rawls in Austin, Texas.

Tulsa had its best round of 291 but was still in the 15th and final position with a score of 890 at the par 71 Belmar Golf Club. Tulsa’s Anneke Strobach scored Tulsa’s best round with a two-under par 69 on Monday for a 7-over par 220 total, tying with teammate Johanna Samuelsson for 47th place overall. Samuelsson carded an even-par 71 in the final round.

Junior Olivia Jackson finished in 60th place with a 54-hole score of 224 after today’s round of 75, senior Nicole Marquardt had a 231 total for 72nd place, while sophomore Taylor Dobson finished in 78th place with a score of 235.

Tulsa will be in action next at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate, October 6-8, in Denver, Colorado.


Team Results

  1. Alabama                     281-281-269=831
  2. Clemson                     285-286-277=848
  3. Florida                       284-286-279=849
  4. Texas                         290-287-274=851
  5. Florida State                291-285-277=853

T6.     Oklahoma                   277-295-282=854

T6.     Notre Dame                 294-282-278=854

T8.     Washington                 294-285-280=859

T8.     Texas A&M                278-292-289=859

  1. Miami                        287-291-285=863
  2. UCF                          287-294-286=867
  3. Baylor                        290-299-281=870
  4. Texas State                 295-293-288=876
  5. Miss. State                  301-293-291=885
  6. Tulsa                         306-293-291=890


Tulsa Individuals

T47.    Johanna Samuelsson     75-74-71=220

T47.    Anneke Strobach          81-70-69=220

  1. Olivia Jackson             75-74-75=224

T72.    Nikki Marquardt           75-78-78=231

T78.    Taylor Dobson             84-75-76=235


Top-5 Individuals

  1. Kristen Gillman, Alabama       68-68-64=200 (-13)
  2. Lauren Stephenson, Alabama   69-68-66=203 (-10)
  3. Alice Hewson, Clemson           67-73-65=205 (-8)

T4.     Dewi Weber, Miami                  72-68-67=207 (-6)

T4.     Ana Paula Valdes, Clemson      68-72-67=207 (-6)


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