Oklahoma Christian’s Kate Goodwin threatened to run away with the individual lead on the opening day of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate with a record-setting round on Monday, and helped her team seize the advantage as well.
Goodwin fired a sizzling 7-under-par 65 on a unseasonably warm autumn day at Fort Sill Golf Course, building a five-shot lead over Marion Benzerki of Redlands Community College and Stirling Phillips of Rogers State. OC held a four-shot lead over Rogers State in the team race after posting a score of 289 – a season-best by 15 shots.
Goodwin shattered the OC single-round scoring record by three shots. The previous best scores in the program’s six-season history all were 68s — a 4-under round by Audrey Meisch at the NCAA Division II West Super Regional at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif., this past May 4; a 4-under round by India Matthews in the Heartland Conference Championship at Slick Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, on April 21, 2015; and a 3-under round by Anna Arrese Cortadellas in the Oklahoma Baptist Spring Invitational at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s East Course in Oklahoma City on April 6, 2015.
The 65 — which included eight birdies and only one bogey — also was the first collegiate round in the 60s for Goodwin, a sophomore from Tulsa. Her previous low score for the Lady Eagles was a 1-under 71 last April in the O-City Spring Classic, also at Lincoln Park East.
"She hit it very long and straight," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "I have been waiting for her to go low. She is very capable. I think this may be a beginning for Kate. She can play some very good golf."
OC’s other players also fared well on the 5,933-yard course. Freshman Abigail Rigsby was tied for eighth in the 66-woman field after shooting a 1-over 73, senior Allison Sell was tied for 15th at 75 and sophomore Elizabeth Freeman was tied for 22nd after firing a 76.
Senior Dana Todd, making her first start of the fall season for OC, shot an 83 and was tied for 52nd. Another senior, Mindy Stafford, is playing in the tournament as an individual and shot an 87, leaving her tied for 61st.
The tournament, hosted by Cameron, will finish on Tuesday, with the final round to start at 9 a.m.
Rogers State ranks second after a first round score of 293 as sophomore Stirling Phillips sits in second place in the individual standings after the first round.
Phillips, a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, turned in a first round score of 2-under-par 70, her best score in her two-year career in the navy and red.
Also ranking in the top five after the first round is senior Mica Eastin. The native of Carrollton, Texas posted a score of even-par 72.
In a total team effort, the third through fifth spots of the Hillcat lineup all rank in the top 25 of the individual standings. Redshirt sophomore Elizabeth McCloskey put together a round of 3-over-par 75 to sit in 15th place.
Senior Kina Boone and freshman Sydney Murray were one stroke off McCloskey with identical scores of 4-over-par 76. The two are tied for 22nd in the individual standings.