Key to Collin’ round were accuracy and her ability not to give any strokes away.
“Everything was kind of going,” she said. “I hit bad shots, of course, but I hit every fairway and I made all the par puts that I needed to make, like all the five-footers.”
She made birdie at No. 3, a short par 4; No. 5, a challenging par 5 that plays 531 yards; No. 11, a straight-away par 4; No. 13, a par 5 with a creek running across the fairway that keeps anybody from hitting their second shot from too short; and No. 16, a 394-yard par 4.
Birdies aside, Collins’ most important putt of the day may have been the 12-footer she drained for par at No. 12, a par 3. Three-under at the time, it kept her round moving the right direction.
“I’m pretty happy with most of my year,” she said, “but it was good I could put everything together at regionals and help the team.”
If she keeps it up, the Sooners are bound to remain in the thick of the team race and Collins may find herself competing for her first medalist crown.
“We know the course and we’re off to a good start,” she said. “That should help us the next few days and in a few weeks, too.”
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