NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma women's golf team is ranked No. 5 nationally to start the 2013-14 season according to Golfweek, which unveiled the Sooners' spot Friday as part of its top-25 countdown. OU was slotted in the No. 6 spot in the Golf World/WGCA preseason coaches' poll.
The Sooners are the top Big 12 team in both sets of rankings, with Oklahoma State (7/14) and Baylor (19/24) also appearing in both polls. Texas is No. 19 in the coaches' version.
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, the 2012 NCAA individual champion who is Golf Digest's No. 7 player to watch in the country this year, own's three of OU's top four single-season scoring averages and the school's top career mark. She is joined on the roster by fellow seniors Anne-Catherine Tanguay (No. 2 school career scoring average), Emily Collins (No. 5 school career scoring average) and Kaitlyn Rohrback (competed in nine of team's 11 events last year).
OU adds four freshmen to the roster, and the OU coaching staff says they could contribute in a big way.
The newcomers are Haley Hill (Edmond), Amanda Johnson (redshirt; Duncan), Alexandra Kaui (Las Vegas, Nev.; competed in 2013 U.S. Women's Open) and Maggie Neece (Colleyville, Texas).