Down to four players, UCO takes second in Southern Bancorp Invite

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (April 4) – Short-handed Central Oklahoma had all four players shoot 75 or better and came through with a runner-up finish in the Southern Bancorp Invitational that ended here Tuesday.

The Bronchos knocked 15 strokes off Monday’s first round score in closing with a 296 to finish with a 607 total after two trips around the 6,197-yard, par-72 Big Creek Golf and Country Club.  Arkansas Tech won the 10-team tournament at 594, followed by UCO, host Henderson State (613), Arkansas-Monticello (629) and Arkansas-Fort Smith (634).

Sydney Roberts led the Bronchos in the final round with an even-par 72.  Anna Pool and Marla Souvannasing both shot 74 and Makena Mucciaccio had a 75, while Grace Shin was unable to compete for the second straight day because of injury.

“We got off to a fast start and had lots of great par saves,” head coach Michael Bond said.  “Playing with only four you obviously know every shot counts and there’s no insurance, so I thought we showed a lot of focus.”

Roberts ended up fifth in the individual standings with a 149 total, while Pool tied for sixth a shot back.  Mucciaccio and Souvannasing tied for 11th with 154 totals.

The Bronchos wrap up their regular season schedule next week, going to Springfield, Mo. Monday and Tuesday for the Regional Spring Preview.

Southern Nazarene slipped back two spots on the final day. SNU shot a 315 Tuesday, bringing their two-day total to a 639. The Crimson Storm finished seventh after the final round concluded.

Bailey Blake picked up right where she left off Monday, as she carded a final round 76. She finished in a tie for 11th place with a 154 two-round score. Sarah Rovenstine also improved her first round score as she posted a 77 in her final round, placing her in a tie for 27th with a 160 total. Heidi Stafford finished tied for 31st as she closed at 162 with an 80 and Emilee White finished tied for 33rd with a 163 after an 82 in the final round. Rachel Donaldson rounded out the top five with a 173, as she finished in 50th place with an 82. The Crimson Storm also had Cassidy Herbster also participated as an individual for the tournament, and finished tied for 40th after a 167 two-round total with an 86 in the final round.



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