Golf: Sooners Women's Team To Compete in NCAA West Regional

NORMAN, Okla. – Coming off of winning the 2012 Big 12 Championship, the 28th-ranked Oklahoma women’s golf team is set to compete in the NCAA West Regional May 10-12 (Thursday-Saturday) at the par-72, 6,757 yard Colorado National Golf Course in Erie, Colo.

Oklahoma, the NCAA West Regional’s No. 9 seed, will compete to earn its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2002. The top eight teams from each regional will qualify for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

The Sooners will be competing in NCAA postseason play for the 10th time in program history and for their second-straight season.

“We are excited to be playing in Colorado for the NCAA Regional,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We have been preparing all year for this event and I feel that the girls are ready for the tournament to start.”

Drouin-Luttrell's squad recently claimed the program’s first Big 12 title since 2000. Oklahoma has won a total of three tournaments this season and finished in the top-two of five events.

OU will be led at the No. 1 position by Chirapat Jao-Javanil. The sophomore’s second-place finish at the Big 12 Championship was her fifth top-10 finish in her nine events this year. Last week, Jao-Javanil was named to the 2012 All-Big 12 team for the second year in a row.

Sophomore Anne-Catherine Tanguay will start at the No. 2 position. Her fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship marked her fourth career top-10 finish and her third of the year.

Taylor Schmidt will start in the Sooners’ No. 3 spot. Schmidt recorded her second top-20 career finish at the Big 12 Championship by finishing in a tie for 16th place with fellow junior Jacki Marshall. Marshall will play out of the No. 4 position for the regional tournament.

Emily Collins, who participated in the NCAA West Regional last year, will compete for the Sooners in the No. 5 position.

The format for the NCAA Regionals will be a three-day 54-hole stroke play where the top eight teams and two individuals will earn bids to the 2012 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

The Sooners will be paired with No. 26 Pepperdine and No. 29 UC Davis and will tee off Thursday at 9:30 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com and on NCAA.com.

The NCAA West Regional Field (Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking)
1. UCLA (1)
2. LSU (6)
3. North Carolina (7)
4. Colorado (11)
5. California (9)
6. Baylor (18)
7. Pepperdine (26)
8. UC Davis (29)
9. Oklahoma (28)
10. Texas Tech (32)
11. Tulsa (39)
12. TCU (40)
13. Iowa State (37)
14. Stanford (38)
15. Denver (43)
16. UNLV (46)
17. New Mexico (50)
18. Oregon State (53)
19. Illinois (58)
20. Kennesaw State (61)
21. San Jose State (60)
22. Missouri State (97)
23. Northern Colorado (174)
24. Jackson State (230)

Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho
Ally McDonald, Mississippi
Amy Anderson, North Dakota State
Maggie Yuan, BYU
Brianna Espinoza, Colorado State
Demi Mark, New Mexico State

/// SoonerSports PR

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