NORMAN — Coming back from Saturday’s woeful first round, the fourth-ranked Oklahoma women continued their charge up the leaderboard Monday at the inaugural Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club. Too bad for the Sooners, Monday was the event’s final day and, anyway, Oklahoma State played like a team not about to be caught.
After final-round 281, OU settled for second-place, six strokes back of OSU, which finished at 868 after a final-round 279.
Over the three rounds, the Sooners went from 12th to fourth to second in the 15-team event, led most of the way by freshman Alexandra Kaul, whose rounds of 75-79-72 were good for a 10th-place finish in the medalist’s standings.
Striking, though, were the scores of Chirapat Jao-Javenil. The 2012 individual NCAA champion her sophomore season, she improved each round at Belmar, yet still pulled up the rear of the Sooner top five with rounds of 78-75-72.
It was OU’s three- and four-hole golfers that kept the momentum going Monday as both Emily Collins and Kaitlyn Rohrback each carded a 69. Rohrback actually became the rare golfer in a 54-hole tournament to fire one round in the 80s, one in the 70s and and one in the 60s, after going 82-72 in the event’s first two days.
“We played really solid today,” OU coach Veronique Drouin Luttrell said. “We knew the conditions were going to be a little easier. We knew we had to take advantage to try to move up the leaderboard a little bit more.”
One of three golfers to finish under par over the length of the event, LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom earned medalist honors with rounds of 70-70-66 for a 4-under par 206 total. Kentucky’s Liz Breed, with a final-round 64, was two strokes back at 208.
The Sooners finished two strokes in front of both LSU and Arizona State, which tied for third place. Kentucky rounded out the top five with an 879 total.