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May 23, 2014 | 10:14 p.m.

Oklahoma City women repeat as NAIA champs

Golfweek Staff

Oklahoma City University needed a playoff to capture its second consecutive NAIA Women’s Championship.

Oklahoma City and Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Ga.) tied at 57-over 1,209 after 72 holes May 23 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.

It was the seventh national title for Oklahoma City, which won five consecutive crowns in 2005-09 along with the ’13 title.

Down two shots entering the final hole with the final golfers, Oklahoma City’s Elia Folch made eagle to force the extra hole. SCAD’s Alazne Urizar missed her birdie effort to win the team ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Doris Chen's mom, Yuh-Guey Lin, gives her daughter a hug after she won individual honors at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Championships at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.
Doris Chen's mom, Yuh-Guey Lin, gives her daughter a hug after she won individual honors at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Championships at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

TULSA, Okla. – When it became clear that USC's Doris Chen would be crowned this year’s NCAA champion, Yuh-Guey Lin ducked behind a tree and started pumping both fists. Never have the words “Fight On” seemed more appropriate. Lin might have run out onto the green like the rest of her daughter’s teammates if she had the energy.

Although the Trojans lost to Duke by two strokes, Chen’s victory was a special gift.

At last year’s NCAA Championship, Lin told USC coach Andrea Gaston that she feared something was wrong with her health. She asked Gaston ...

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Julie Williams
Duke's Alejandra Congrejo and Celine Boutier, center, celebrate alongside with head coach, Dan Brooks, during the final round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
Duke's Alejandra Congrejo and Celine Boutier, center, celebrate alongside with head coach, Dan Brooks, during the final round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

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TULSA, Okla. – When the chart-topping pop song “Happy” rang out over Tulsa Country Club’s loudspeakers on Friday evening, a stoic Duke team couldn’t seem to hold it in any longer. The Blue Devils, seconds removed from a team ambush of frontwoman Celine Boutier on the 18th green, began to dance.

Early week at the NCAA Women’s Championship was plagued by strong but typical winds across the Oklahoma plains. Duke managed to remain in the mix after each day, and finally surged into the lead in the third round. On Friday, however ...

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Jeff Babineau
USC's Doris Chen's bag at the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
USC's Doris Chen's bag at the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

A look inside the bag of USC's Doris Chen, who won the individual title at the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Women's Championship on Friday at Tulsa CC:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R11S (9 degrees, Aldila RIP Phenom shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RBZ (15 degrees); Adams Speedline SuperS (18 degrees)

HYBRID: TaylorMade RBZ Rescue (21 degrees)

IRONS: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour (4-PW, Nippon NS Pro 950 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54 and 58 degrees)

PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Monte Carlo 12

BALL: Titleist ProV1x golf ball

Lance Ringler
Golfweek's Lance Ringler looks out over the course with a view of the Tulsa skyline during the final round of the Women's 2014 NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
Golfweek's Lance Ringler looks out over the course with a view of the Tulsa skyline during the final round of the Women's 2014 NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

TULSA, Okla. - Life in the Midwest is commonly categorized as easy-going, and that pretty much sums up a week spent at Tulsa Country Club for the NCAA Women’s Championship. This year’s final is the 15th consecutive championship I have witnessed, and they continue to get better.

While there may not have been a big buzz in the community or around town, the folks at the University of Tulsa were one of the most buttoned-up groups we’ve seen. They seemed to have planned everything out very well - almost too well in some cases. (More on that later.)

Now ...

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Jeff Babineau
Iowa State head coach Christie Martens with Chonlada Chayanun during the final round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
Iowa State head coach Christie Martens with Chonlada Chayanun during the final round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

TULSA, Okla. – For Iowa State, when the clock struck midnight, er, noon on Friday and the 2013-14 season had come to a close at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, the tournament’s leaders were just walking off the first tee at Tulsa Country Club.

As is the case whenever a curtain falls, there were hugs, and some tears, as the Cyclones bade goodbye to seniors Sasikarn On-iam and Prima Thammaraks. They staged one last team talk, then broke the huddle quietly. This wasn’t about an ending, but a beginning, a starting point of sorts for a ...

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Julie Williams
Duke head coach Dan Brooks finishes a team meeting after Round 3 of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's  Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club. Duke has a six-shot lead heading into the final round on Friday.
Duke head coach Dan Brooks finishes a team meeting after Round 3 of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club. Duke has a six-shot lead heading into the final round on Friday.

TULSA, Okla. – For a defending national champion, what a difference a year will make. USC was nearly ready to break out the confetti this time last year, but a hard day of work awaits the Trojans if that’s going to happen again.

“We were almost thinking about our post-tournament celebration before we had even played the final round,” senior Sophia Popov said of that day last year in Athens, Ga., when USC had a 17-shot lead on its way to a third national title.

On a hot Thursday at Tulsa Country Club, that seemed eons ago. There have been ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Coaching legend Dale McNamara watches Arizona State and head coach Melissa Luellen, her daughter, during Round 3 of the  2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
Coaching legend Dale McNamara watches Arizona State and head coach Melissa Luellen, her daughter, during Round 3 of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

TULSA, Okla. – Dale McNamara hasn’t slept well lately. It’s NCAA Championship week in Tulsa and the legendary Hurricane coach is hyped up with daughter Melissa Luellen in town vying for a second national title. The Arizona State coach needs four championship rings to catch up to mom.

Here’s the scenario: The Sun Devils trail Duke by 15 shots heading into the final round, but Luellen doesn’t need her mother to tell her that in team golf, big swings are standard. McNamara, who coached her daughter at Tulsa in the 1980’s, might remind Melissa of the ...

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Lance Ringler
The leaderboard at No. 18 during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
The leaderboard at No. 18 during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

TULSA, Okla. – Fast forward one year and this NCAA Division I Women's Championship, which completed Round 3 today at Tulsa Country Club, will have a much different look. The third round, especially, will present a new vibe.

When the 24 teams arrive next May at The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., to compete for the national championship, the tournament will be vastly different than anything previously in women's college golf. Since the first NCAA women’s championship, in 1982, changes have been subtle.

We have seen the field size grow a few spots, to 24 teams, and we ...

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Cassie Stein
Ryan Murphy (right), shown here at the 2013 NCAA Championship, is the new head coach of the Texas women's team starting May 29.
Ryan Murphy (right), shown here at the 2013 NCAA Championship, is the new head coach of the Texas women's team starting May 29.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. –– Ryan Murphy, who has been the assistant coach under John Fields of the Texas men’s golf team for six years, will take the reins of the Longhorns women’s team for the 2014-15 season. His new position begins May 29, after the NCAA Men's Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

“To coach at Texas, it’s a dream come true,” Murphy said.

It was announced in January that seven-year head coach Martha Richards would retire after the season. Associate head coach Kate Golden, who has been with the Longhorns for four years, will remain in her ...

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Lance Ringler
Oklahoma's Alexandra Kaui posted a 69 during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.
Oklahoma's Alexandra Kaui posted a 69 during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

TULSA, Okla. – After watching USC play hide-and-seek at the NCAA Women’s Championship a year ago – and knowing that the Trojans have had the type of season that suggests something similar could happen again this week at Tulsa Country Club – it’s now obvious we have reason to stay glued to the action.

At the halfway point of this year’s NCAA finals, USC has settled into a come-from-behind position rather than setting the pace. The lead belongs to a seasoned Oklahoma squad that features four seniors. Lone Sooner freshman Alexandra Kaui has the individual lead at 5-under 135.

The ...

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Julie Williams
Duke's Celine Boutier during the second day of play at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Duke's Celine Boutier during the second day of play at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – Even on a classic A.W. Tillinghast course, with a majestic city skyline rising over wind-tousled trees, Tulsa is a far cry from the south of France. Celine Boutier can attest.

Two years ago, the Duke sophomore was living in Toulouse, a city of nearly 500,000 on the banks of the River Garonne, and working exclusively with swing coach Karine Mathiot. Boutier (pronounced BOO-tee-a) had finished high school but was well behind in the American college-selection process – one that moves at an absurdly fast pace for student-athletes. So Boutier moved from her native Paris and took an ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Mississippi State head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm hugs Rica Tse after completion of the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club. At right is Ji Eun Baik, assistant coach, Leigh Phillips.
Mississippi State head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm hugs Rica Tse after completion of the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club. At right is Ji Eun Baik, assistant coach, Leigh Phillips.

TULSA, Okla. – Mississippi State coach Ginger Brown-Lemm looked at the tee sheet for the opening round of the NCAA Championship and smiled. Her Bulldogs were paired with the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Duke Blue Devils.

“Am I going to have to call a pastor?” Brown-Lemm cracked.

Jokes aside, the fact that Mississippi State has been sandwiched in between two powerhouse programs for the first two rounds here at Tulsa Country Club speaks volumes to the work Brown-Lemm has done in four short years.

In that time, the Bulldogs have slashed their 54-hole scoring average by a mind-blowing 85 ...

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Lance Ringler
UCLA's Bronte Law spared her shoe from a shot on wet ground during Tuesday's first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
UCLA's Bronte Law spared her shoe from a shot on wet ground during Tuesday's first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – There’s always uncertainty when entering a major championship. The NCAA Division I Women’s Championship at Tulsa Country Club this week is no different.

Let’s start with the competition. It’s well documented that familiar names dominate the top of the scoreboard in this championship. We waited to see whether that might be any different this year or if those names – the favorites – would emerge after the first lap.

In terms of competition, last year was as anticlimactic as it gets. USC beat Duke by 21 shots, and Duke was 19 shots better than third-place Purdue ...

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Julie Williams
Oklahoma's Alexandra Kaui during Tuesday's first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Championship in Tulsa, Okla
Oklahoma's Alexandra Kaui during Tuesday's first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Championship in Tulsa, Okla

TULSA, Okla. – After Tulsa Country Club, the Sooners had a likely date at P.F. Chang’s restaurant. It will be a quick turnaround between Rounds 1 and 2 of the NCAA Championship, and by the time Oklahoma returns to the course Tuesday morning, it could be a different ballgame.

High winds blistered scorecards across the board in the first round, and Oklahoma took advantage of those familiar conditions. The Sooners come from only 120 miles away, though senior Chirapat Jao-Javanil says that can make as much as 10 mph difference.

Regardless, Oklahoma’s 8-over 288 on Tuesday gave the ...

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