NORMAN — Ranked No. 4 by the coaches, Oklahoma’s women’s golf team played up to the hype Sunday at Belmar Golf Club, leaping into contention of the inaugural Schooner Fall Classic.
In 12th place of 15 teams when the second round began Sunday morning, the Sooners moved up to fourth with a 6-over par 286, a score that also counted as the best round of the day from any team.
When today’s final round begins, the Sooners, with a 36-hole score of 586, will be seven strokes back of LSU, five strokes back of Arizona State and four strokes back of Oklahoma State.
“Everybody played well today,” OU coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “We made some good pars and some great birdies on tough holes, so that really helped us out.”
For the second straight day, the Sooners were led by freshman Alexandra Kaui, who stands in sixth place individually after rounds of 75 and 69.
Also for OU, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, improved from an opening 77 to a second-round 70, while Emily Collins did the same, following an 82 with a 72. Chirapat Jao-Javanil shot 75 on Saturday. Kaitlin Rohrbach’s 78 was dropped.
Playing in the cold and wind for a second day, Kaui made birdie at Nos. 2 and 3 to jump start her round and, after making birdie at No. 12, had it to 3-under par for the day. A double-bogey 5 at the par 4 13th, helped rob her of of a change of really going low, yet still she’s within five strokes of individual leader Caroline Nilstrup of LSU, who followed a Saturday 73 with a Sunday 65.
“(Today) we just have to stick to our game plan … and not force anything,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “I’m just going to emphasize that we let things happen, and we’ll go from there.”