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May 20, 2014

Another chance to win it all: Trojans big favorite, but don’t count veteran Sooners out

NORMAN — It has been a heady three seasons of Oklahoma women’s golf. 

The surge began two NCAA championships ago at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. 

That was when Chirapat Jao-Javenil emerged from anonymity to capture the medalist’s crown and, along the way, lead the Sooners to a best-ever sixth-place national tourney finish.

A year ago, at the University of Georgia Golf Course, in Athens, the Sooners finished ninth, accounting for the first back-to-back top-10 national tourney finishes in program history.

Today is a new day, yet it’s also the first day of the last tournament for the group that became the program’s core back in 2012.

When OU tees off 12:55 p.m. today at Tulsa Country Club, site of the 2014 NCAA women’s golf championship, it will do so with a top-five lineup that includes a quartet of seniors — Javenil, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Emily Collins and Kaitlyn Rohrback — three of which, all but Rohrback, were part of the same lineup that finished sixth in Tennessee.

Additonally, it’s a group coming off a conference championship, won April 27 at the UT Golf Club, in Austin, Texas, as well as a strong fourth-place showing at the NCAA West Regional, completed May 10 at Tumble Creek Golf Course, part of the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.

“We’ve been practicing all year for this tournament,” Sooner coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “I’m just really proud of all the girls on this team. We’ve set big goals and we’ve all worked hard to keep improving throughout the year.”

Javenil is coming off a medalist performance at the conference tourney and a 12th-place regional finish. Her last six competitive rounds have been 69-72-68-71-75-77.

Tanguay, who finished eighth overall at the regional tournament and who will play No. 1 for the Sooners, placed 12th individually at the conference tourney and eighth at the regional. Her last six competitive rounds have been 75-75-72-75-73-73

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