Oklahoma leads women's NCAAs; top teams close


Four of the top five teams in women’s college golf are T-3 or better after the first round of the NCAA Championship.

Seventh-ranked Oklahoma leads after an opening 8-over 288 at a windy Tulsa Country Club, but No. 2 UCLA (+11), No. 1 USC (+13), No. 3 Duke (+13) and No. 5 Arizona State (+13) are close behind.

“We are used to the wind a little bit,” Oklahoma coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “For us it was a usual day. The last four holes were very tough on the front side. You want to play as well as you can, but some bogeys were going to be made. You have to move on because we have three more days to play.”

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The Sooners were led Tuesday by Alexandra Kaui, who shot 68.

“A lot of my birdies were just based on placing myself in the correct spot on the course,” Kaui said. “The longest birdie I made was probably a 15-footer. Everything else was 15 feet and in.”

USC’s Doris Chen, Denver’s Tonje Daffinrud and Stanford’s Lauren Kim share the individual lead at 3-under 67. 

The four-round event concludes Friday. USC is the defending champion.