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April 22, 2013

Sooners gain one spot over last 18

RHODES, Iowa — Oklahoma’s third-ranked women’s golf team fired a final round 313 Sunday and moved up a spot on the last day of the Big 12 women’s golf tournament.

Too bad for the Sooners, they still finished a distant fourth at a tournament they were favored to win.

The Sooners, with rounds of 322-293-313, finished at 928, 16 strokes behind third-place Iowa State (912), 19 strokes back of second-place Baylor and 23 strokes behind conference champion and Bedlam rival Oklahoma State.

The brightest spot for OU was Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who carded a final-round 73 to finish in third-place in the medalist standings with a 54-hole score of 223, 10 strokes behind Baylor’s Lauren Taylor, who, at 3-under par 213, was the only player in the field to break par.

It was Tanguay’s second straight top-10 performance at the conference tournament.

Reigning NCAA medalist Chirapat Jao-Javenil suffered a disappointing three days at The Harvester Club, placing 17th overall with a 233 total after rounds of 80, 73 and 79.

Also for OU, Katelyn Rohrback carded a three-round score of 235, two strokes better than teammate Emily Collins’ 237 and three strokes in front of teammate Taylor Schmidt’s 238.

The most important part of the Sooners’ season still remains. They enter NCAA regional play May 9, though they have yet to learn which regional they will be assigned to. Once there, they’ll try qualifying for the NCAA tournament, set for May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.

Men begin today: Monday marks the first day of the Big 12 men’s tournament at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., where each team will play 36 holes today, followed by two more days of 18 holes.

The course is well known as one of the nation’s best and toughest layouts.

“Par is your friend on this great golf course,” OUcoach Ryan Hybl said. “Toughness will be premium.”

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