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April 27, 2014

It’s good that top golfer takes it personally


AUSTIN, Texas —

It’s a feel-good story.

It’s history repeating, with the possibility of Jao-Javanil improving on her two-year-old runner-up performance with 18 strong holes today. And, still better, the team could well improve on sixth place when they get to the NCAA championships, beginning May 20 in Tulsa.

Because when Jao-Javanil’s playing well, everybody can breathe a little easier. And that might have had something to do with Kaitlin Rohrback, another Sooner senior, playing No. 5, coming in at 71 Saturday. It might have something to do with no Sooner coming in any higher than 75 after 36 holes.

Maybe today, OU really goes low.

It’s funny how things work out.

Jao-Javanil, and her teammates, too, had not been themselves. The last couple of days, they’ve been much better versions of themselves.

Today, perhaps, they’ll be something close to their best selves, winning the conference and building for more.

“Our pattern is changing,” Jao-Javanil says, thinking of the team before herself.

Of course, that could change today. Thinking only of herself, she can go win a conference championship. 

Don’t worry. Her team will be fine with it.

Clay Horning

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