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May 17, 2013

Former Sooner takes a stand

Staggs tells of two-year ordeal on OU golf team

NORMAN — All Jade Staggs ever wanted to do was play golf for Oklahoma. Growing up less than 15 miles from the campus, it was her dream school.

However, when Staggs finally got her chance, she said her dream had a nightmare ending that included being forced off the Sooners by coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, who Staggs claims bullied her for the past two years.

“The university is committed to protecting the privacy of all students and is unable to disclose or discuss confidential student information,” an OU Athletics spokesperson said. “We are able to confirm, however, that Jade Staggs is no longer participating in the Women’s Golf program.”

“I wanted to be here more than anybody,” Staggs said. “I wanted to do nothing but help the team. I worked pretty hard over the spring and summer to help the team, and I think it showed. In the end, it didn’t matter. She didn’t want me in the lineup.”

Staggs, a 2010 Westmoore High graduate, earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State out of high school. After her freshman year, she was homesick and decided to leave OSU and walk on at Oklahoma, which was always her dream school.

As a sophomore, Staggs tied for last on the team with a 78.67 scoring average. Even though she and Drouin had their run-ins throughout the year. Staggs said she seemingly showed enough improvement to earn a full scholarship from the Sooners.

As a junior, Staggs’ play on the links improved. Her average score dropped to 74.67, fourth best on the team. According to Staggs, Drouin’s rule was the top five golfers will be on the postseason roster.

Yet, two days before the final regular-season event, Staggs said, she was told by Drouin that she was being removed from her normal spot and would not be on the postseason roster, despite her scores.

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