CLE ELUM, Wash. – The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year by finishing in fourth place at the 24-team NCAA West Regional in Cle Elum, Wash., on Saturday.
The third-seeded Sooners carded a 21-over-par 309 Saturday to finish with a 54-hole 895 (+31). No. 1 seed USC won the event by one stroke over No. 4 seed and host Washington with an 876 (+12). No. 2 seed Arizona State finished in third place at +25. Other teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships, to be held May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla., were Michigan State, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Northwestern.
Anne-Catherine Tanguay finished tied for eighth firing a final-round 73 (+1), the field’s fifth-best score of the day, to finish with a three-round 221 (+5). Chirapat Jao-Javanil was close behind, finishing in 12th place with a three-day total of 223 (+7). Alexandra Kaui finished tied for 14th place with a 224 (+8), Emily Collins shot a three-day 229 (+ 13) and tied for 31st place, while Kaitlyn Rohrback tied for 61st with a 235 (+19).
“We are definitely excited to be heading back to nationals for the third year in a row,” said OU coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “It’s even better that the national championship will be in Tulsa. The conditions today were really tough. It was the windiest day of the tournament with cold temperatures. We are going to have a good week of practice and get ready for the national championship.”
OSU loses spot in playoff
Oklahoma State’s women’s golf team came up just short of securing a berth at the NCAA Championship on Saturday, falling on the first playoff hole to Florida at Karsten Creek in NCAA Central Regional action.
The Cowgirls and Gators tied for eighth place at 902, 38-over par, to force the playoff for the regional’s final qualifying spot. The two teams returned to the 10th hole where Florida counted three pars and a bogey to advance. OSU started the day tied for eighth before posting its 306 score.
Isabella Deilert closed with a 73 to finish at 2-over 218 and tied for seventh place. Jayde Panos closed with a 78 to tie for 15th place at 221.
Lauren Falley tied for 51st place at 231 after carding a 77, while Amy Ruengmateekhun tied for 96th place at 240 after finishing with an 85.
Julie Yang closed with a 78 to stand at 241 and in sole possession of 99th place.