TULSA — The Sooner women now lead on two counts.
Wednesday, during the second round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, freshman Alexandra Kaui holed a wedge from 118 yards for an eagle on the par-4 15th and finished with a 3-under 67 to put herself atop the medalist leaderboard and help the Sooners maintain a three-stroke advantage in the team standings.
Kaui, from Honolulu, sits at 5-under 135 after 36 holes at Tulsa Country Club, good for a three-stroke lead over Michigan State’s Allyssa Ferrell and Stanford’s Lauren Kim.
“The front nine was pretty slow. But once I dunked one from 118 yards, I said, ‘Oh my gosh,”’ Kaui said. “Suddenly I’m 2 under and wanted to finish really strong.”
She did that with a birdie on the 160-yard 17th hole and a par on the par-4 18th.
Emily Collins added a 71 for OU, Anne-Catherine Tanguay shot 74, 2012 NCAA medalist Chirapat Jao-Javanil shot 75 and Kaitlyn Rohrback a 78. Only the top four scores count in the team total each day of the 72-hole event.
The wind gusted to 26 mph from the south, a little calmer than Tuesday.
“Even though it was still pretty windy, it felt like nothing to us, compared to all the times we’ve practiced with winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour,” Kaui said. “I think it really helps prepare us.”
Ferrell holed a 75-foot birdie putt on her final hole for a 69 and Kim shot 71.
The Big 12 champion Sooners followed Tuesday’s 8-over-par 288 with a Wednesday 287. At 15-over 575, OU leads second-place Duke by three strokes.
Celine Boutier led the Blue Devils with a 70, Celine Boutier shot 70, Sandy Choi 71, Laetitia Beck and Alejandro Cangrejo 72.
“We were very patient,” Duke coach Dan Brooks said. “I was proud of my team. They handled things really well. It was gustier today, so you had to do more thinking.”