Soo sweeps into NCAA champs

Julienne Soo
After recording a 78.35 season-stroke average last year, Soo is on pace to fire the lowest season-stroke average in program history with a 71.77. Photo: Sooner Sports

Australian Julienne Soo has reached the NCAA Championships.

Soo, who plays at Oklahoma Sooners golf team in the college system, qualified as an individual at the NCAA's Lubbock regional at the par-72, Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas.

The Sooners saved their best round for last, firing a 285 (-3) on the day, but did not place in the coveted top six to qualify for the national tournament as a team. The squad tallied a three-round 885 (+21) and finished the tournament in ninth place.

Soo, who was the top individual not on an advancing team, fired a three-round 213 (-3) to finish the tournament in seventh place. The sophomore registered a bogey-free 69 (-3) in the final round to secure her ticket to the national tournament. Her appearance marks the first for the Sooners since the 2013-14 season and the first individual qualifier for Oklahoma since 2010.

The Melbourne native moved to America after coming through Golf Victoria's elite junior systems.

She was a 2017 All-Big 12 Team selection and is on pace to tally the lowest season-scoring average in program history. Soo currently has a 71.70 (-0.21) and the record is 72.26 (+0.44)

“Jules played solid again this week,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “I'm really proud of everything she has been able to accomplish so far this season, and I'm excited that she will have a chance to represent us at the national tournament.”

The NCAA Lubbock Regional marks the final tournament for the Sooners as a team this season. Soo will continue the 2016-17 season on May 19-21 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., for the 2017 NCAA Championships.

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