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 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).
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).