Annie Thurman Young just completed her second season as the head golf coach at Cal State-Northridge, but this week, she found herself back in familiar territory.
Young was one of the most decorated Oklahoma State women's golfers during a career that included a win at the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, and four years on professional tours.
Eleven years after winning the event, she was back at the Women's Public Links, this time as a caddie for one of her Northridge players, Clariss Guce, who shot 6 over par in the 36 holes of stroke play at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
After her playing career ended, Young coached at Oklahoma State through the 2011 season before heading to California.
“It's been nice to be back and see some old friends. I went by my old house yesterday, which was fun,” she said. “I remembered a few of the holes here, so I hope I helped Clariss a little bit.”
Young will be around for at least one more day. Guce made the cut tied for 41st, and will compete in the first round of match play Wednesday.
LOCAL PLAYERS CONFIDENT ENTERING MATCH PLAY
Oklahoma State's Julie Yang, one of only five players to be even par or better in both rounds of stroke play, is feeling more confident making her way around the course at Jimmie Austin.
Yang shot 70-72 to tie for fourth, though she had only played two rounds at the course prior to the tournament starting Monday.
“The golf course has some holes where you've got to decide whether to lay up or go over the bunker on the tee shots,” she said. “But most of the holes are self-explanatory, depending on the wind.”
Yang was the top qualifier with state ties, but several advanced to the 64-person match play bracket that begins Wednesday.
Oklahoma's Anne-Catherine Tanguay shot a two-round total of 144 to tie for seventh, and knows the match-play competition will change the approach of most golfers.
“They're probably going to change a few of the tee boxes, so we'll probably have a different game plan for the course,” Tanguay said. “And players will definitely be playing more aggressive. That will be good, just for the thrill. I'm looking forward to that.”