EDMOND – Gloria Choi placed second individually and Elin Wahllin added a top-10 finish as Southwestern Oklahoma State took second at the UCO RCB Bank Classic Tuesday at The Golf Club of Edmond, nine shots behind St. Edwards.
The Lady Bulldogs carded a score of 314 (+30) in the final round of competition to finish with a score of 612 (+44) overall. Wahlin and Choi each shot team-best 3-over 74s Tuesday. Choi placed second at 2-over 144, just a single stroke behind winner Johany Rivera of St. Edwards, while Wahlin tied for 10th at 152.
Emily Folsom was four shots behind her teammates in a share of 27th place at 156, Jenna Eidem tied for 32nd at 161 followed by Chloe Thackeray at 165. Rivera claimed the individual title after shooting a 70 (-1) in the final round and a 143 (+1) for the tournament.
For UCO, Marla Souvannasing made a charge up the leaderboard, but the windy conditions at The Golf Club of Edmond made it hard for anyone to mount a charge and UCO remained in fourth place Tuesday.
Souvannasing shot 148. She shot an even-par 71 on Tuesday but her 6-over 77 on Monday was too much to overcome.
“We dug ourselves a hole on Monday,” UCO head coach Michael Bond said. “Tuesday was tough on everybody. The weather didn’t allow anyone to really get going.”
Ann Pool finished tied for 15th with a 155. She was tied for seventh heading into Tuesday’s final round, but slipped after shooting a 10-over 81.
Grace Shin put up a steady 79 on Tuesday to finish 158 for the tournament and in a tie for 22nd. Makena Mucciaccio shot an 84 on Tuesday and finished at 163 as did Camilla Schou, who shot a 76 in the final round.
The Bronchos also used three unnattached golfers. Sydney Roberts had the high score for any unattached player, shooting 160, with two rounds of 9-over 80. Allyson Wilcox shot a 166 (84-82), and J.T. Neuzil shot a 170 (83-87).
Allison Sell’s 2-under-par 69 — her best score ever in a college event — propelled the Oklahoma Christian senior to a top-10 finish. The Lady Eagles moved up one spot to fifth in the 16-team event on the final day, recording a team score of 311 to close at 623.
Individually, Sell tied for sixth — her fourth career top-10 finish — with a two-round score of 150, seven shots behind the winner, Johany Rivera of St. Edward’s. Sell, a senior from Edmond, did it with steady play over the 5,889-yard layout, recording 14 pars, three birdies and only one bogey, overcoming fierce south winds to do so.
“Allison played fantastic,” OC coach Greg Lynn said. “It was good to see her do that.”
OC had one other top-10 finisher in the 90-player field in freshman Abigail Rigsby, who recorded a pair of birdies en route to a 79 that left her at 152. It was her first career top-10 finish.
Sophomore Elizabeth Freeman was OC’s No. 3 player, shooting an 80 to close at 161, tied for 32nd. Sophomore Kate Goodwin’s final-round 86 left her at 163, tied for 38th, while freshman Ashton Nemecek tied for 74th at 174 after shooting a final-round 83.
Three OC players competed as individuals. Of them, junior Chaise Lucero tied for 70th at 172 after shooting an 86 and seniors Dana Todd and Mindy Stafford tied for 78th at 177, with Todd shooting an 88 and Stafford an 87.
Senior Baylee Price shot 72-74 to finish third individually and lead NSU. Ebba Moberg tied for 20th after rounds of 77-80 and Kelsey Lumpkin tied for 29th at 160 (80-80).
Southern Nazarene finished its final round 16 strokes better than its opening round total and moved up to 10th place.
Emilee White bounced back with a 77 in her final round which good enough for a tie for 29th place for the senior. White led the Crimson Storm with a 160 two-day total. Heidi Stafford carded her low round of the fall with a 76, as the freshman finished in a tie for 38th with her 163 two-day total. Cassidy Herbster posted an 81 in her final round as she finished in a tie for 48th, while Bailey Blake finished in a tie for 52nd after shooting an 82 in the windy conditions. Freshman Sarah Rovenstine rounded out the top-five for Southern Nazarene in a tie for 57th after concluding the tournament with her 167 total.