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OU's Jao-Javanil Claims NCAA Women's Individual Title
May 25, 2012
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Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil made history by becoming the first Sooner women's golfer to win medalist honors at the NCAA Championship. She is the third Big 12 golfer to claim the individual title.

The sophomore entered play this week's NCAA Championship in Franklin, Tenn., as the nation's 59th-ranked golfer. She fired a final-round 2-under-par 70 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club to finish four shots clear of Alabama's Brooke Pancake.

Jao-Javanil broke par three of the four days at the event en route to her 6-under total of 282. Through 72 holes, she recorded 15 birdies, 48 pars and just nine bogeys. It was her third victory in 11 tournaments this year.

The Thailand-native led Oklahoma to a sixth place finish in the team standings as the Sooners tied Arizona State. OU posted a 3-over-par 291 during its final round to match the program's best-ever national finish (also came in sixth in 2002). The Sooners were the highest-placed league team.

Also finishing in the top 10 from the Big 12 was Texas Tech's Gabby Dominguez and Kim Kaufman. The pair ended the championship in a tie for eighth with Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro. The performance marked the highest finish for a Tech player at the national tournament in program history, snapping Tracy Thomson's previous mark from 1996 when she tied for 39th overall. TTU was the only school in the 24-team field that had two players finish among the top 10 individuals. Only Alabama and Purdue had multiple players ranked in the top 20 as well.

Texas concluded its season with a 16th place tie after carding a 72-hole total of 39-over-par 1191. The Longhorns entered Friday's fourth round in 20th place, but climbed seven places on the final leaderboard with a pair of under-par rounds by senior Nicole Vandermade (71) and junior Desiree Dubreuil (70).

Baylor and Texas A&M rounded out the league's squads as the duo finished in a tie for 16th. The squads finished three strokes ahead of 18th-place Coloardo and one stroke behind 15th-place Duke. Lady Bears' senior Jaclyn Jansen shot her first career hole-in-one in her final round as a college golfer. She was the only golfer at the tournament to perform the feat.

Final Team Standings
1. Alabama, 286-285-306-294=1171 (+19)
2. USC, 297-288-294-293=1172 (+20)
3. LSU, 293-294-297-289=1173 (+21)
4. Virginia, 288-294-301-292=1175 (+23)
5. South Carolina, 302-281-300-293=1176 (+24)
T6. Oklahoma, 294-299-295-291=1179 (+27)
T6. Arizona State, 292-291-304-292=1179 (+27)
8. UCLA, 292-290-306-293=1181 (+29)
9. Purdue, 293-295-295-299=1182 (+30)
10. North Carolina, 290-292-303-299=1184 (+32)
T13. Texas, 297-295-313-286=1191 (+39)
T16. Baylor, 299-304-300-290=1193 (+41)
T16. Texas A&M, 301-298-300-294=1193 (+41)

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