EDMOND, Okla. (March 7, 2016) – Oklahoma Christian’s youngest players competed like veterans on the opening day of the Diffie Ford-Lincoln Invitational at Kickingbird Golf Course.
Playing in drizzly, dreary conditions, Kate Goodwin seized the individual lead with a 2-over-par 72 and fellow freshman Elizabeth Freeman was tied for third place after Monday’s first round, helping OC take a commanding 14-shot lead in the team race.
OC posted a team score of 300, well ahead of a quartet of schools – Redlands Community College, Newman (Kan.), No. 22-ranked Central Oklahoma and Henderson State (Ark.) – who were the Lady Eagles’ closest competition.
Goodwin, from Tulsa, posted her best collegiate round to date, recording three birdies and 11 pars on the 5,768-yard course. She will enter Tuesday’s round with a two-shot lead over Imkeleen Meyer of Newman.
Another shot back is Freeman, a former Casady School standout from Edmond, who shot a 75. Juniors Allison Sell (tied for fifth at 76) and India Matthews (tied for seventh at 77) gave the Lady Eagles four players in the top 10 in the 90-woman field.
OC’s No. 5 player on Monday, senior Audrey Meisch, was just one shot out of the top 10, in a tie for 16th after posting a 78.
Three Lady Eagles are playing as individuals in the tournament – Dana Todd (tied for 39th with an 81), Mindy Stafford (tied for 62nd with an 86) and Whitney Hall (tied for 74th with an 89).
Central Oklahoma had a trio of individuals break 80 in tough conditions to leave the Bronchos in a tie for third. Grace Shin led the Bronchos with a 77 that has her tied for seventh in the medalist standings, while Daniela Martinez shot 78 and Camilla Schou 79. Marla Souvannasing added an 80 and Makena Mucciaccio shot 83.
"It was pretty tough out there today with the wind and then the rain at the end," head coach Michael Bond said. "We made a few mistakes that cost us some strokes, but hopefully we can come out tomorrow and put up a good score."
Southwest Oklahoma State is in sixth place after a round of 315. Emily Folsom and Chloe Thackeray each carded a 78, Elin Wahlin shot 79, Gloria Choi 80 and Courtney Gourdin 81.
The low round of the day for the Lady Bulldogs was actually shot by Jenna Eidem, who is playing as an individual at the tournament. Eidem turned in a 77 and will enter the second round tied for seventh place. Jessie Goodwin shot 79.
Rodgers State is in seventh place, led by Mica Eastin and Kina Boone, who are tied for seventh after rounds of 77. The Hillcats are only four shots out of second place Redlands, which finished with a team score of 313.
Chelsea Burney also placed in the top 30 with a first-round score of 10-over-par 80. Senior Raquel Trevino shot 83 and Elizabeth McCloskey 84.
Oklahoma City University is in eighth place. The Stars were led by Kailey Campbell, who shot 79 for a share of 21st place. OCU’s Abby Thompson and Raegan Barnes each shot 80, tied for 29th place. Emma Allen and Caroline Goodin each carded an 81. Playing as individuals, Anna Mikish shot 78 and Katie-Lee Wilson 79.
The day featured sub-60-degree temperatures and 21-mph winds with gusts up to 36-mph.
Oklahoma Baptist stands 10th after a 331. Shannen Stewart led OBU with an 80 and stands in 29th place. Emma Williams and Darby Morgan both shot 83, Kadrian Shelton 85 and Ashton Gores 87.
Playing as individuals for OBU, Taylor Hildebrand fired an 86, Page Neidy 94, Sidney Stover 97 and Isabella Scarinzi 103.
Host Southern Nazarene shot a 336 and is tied for 11th. Marion Broedys led the way for the Crimson Storm with a 79. Rachel Donaldson shot 83, Jordan Patterson 86, Emilee White 88 and Cassidy Herbster 89.