AUSTIN, Texas — The Oklahoma women did it and so, too, did their No. 1 player, Chirapat Jao-Javenil, Sunday at UT Golf Club.
As it turned out, even though the Sooners led Texas by three strokes entering the final round of the Big 12 women’s golf championship, OU’s first 36 holes were still just a warm-up act. The main event came Sunday and crimson absolutely dominated burnt orange.
Posting a 10-under par 278 on the final day, 10 strokes better than the tournament’s next best round, the Sooners lapped the field on the way to their second conference championship in three years. Still, quite different in 2014 than 2012 was the way Jao-Javenil closed.
Faltering two years ago to finish second individually, she was on fire Sunday, posting a 4-under par 68 to win the medalist crown by two strokes over Texas’ Natalie Karcher and Kansas’ Yupaporn Kawinpakorn. A final-group showcase, all three were under par, yet none finished as low Jao-Javenil, who put together rounds of 69-72-68 for a 54-hole total of 7-under par 209 on the 7,473-yard layout.
The beauty of OU’s final day was its individual champion was only the beginning of a huge day. Also for the Sooners, Alexandra Kaui closed with a 68 to finish at 1-over 217, good for a tie for sixth among individuals. Additonally, Emily Collins fired off a 2-under par 70 and Anne-Catherine Tanguay closed in even par 70. It was Kaitlin Rohrback’s 73 that OU dropped from its total, and still Rohrback finished the event tied with Kaui in sixth place.
Next up for OU is regional play, which begins May 8 at a site to be determined. If the Sooners play well there, they’ll move on to the NCAA championships May 20-23 at Tulsa Country Club.
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