EDMOND, Okla. (March 8, 2016) – After sleeping on an overnight lead, then waiting out a round of morning thunderstorms, Oklahoma Christian’s Kate Goodwin went out Tuesday afternoon and never blinked in the final round of the Diffee Ford-Lincoln Invitational at Kickingbird Golf Course.
The freshman from Tulsa fired her second straight 2-over-par 72 to post her first career individual win and lead the Lady Eagles to a runaway team title.
Goodwin’s two-day total of 144 was two shots better than Magda Kruger of Redlands Community College (who closed fast with a final-round 69) and Luisa Gartmann of Henderson State (Ark.). Goodwin recorded three birdies and 11 pars on the waterlogged 5,821-yard course.
She became the fourth OC player ever to win an individual tournament title, joining Anna Arrese Cortadellas (who won eight), current OC senior Audrey Meisch (three) and Morgan Dockery (one). Arrese Cortadellas (2015) and Dockery (2013) won the same tournament at Kickingbird.
"Kate won with solid ball striking," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "She’s a freshman but she can play well. We needed this win. It was a great team effort all around."
The team championship was the sixth in program history and the second of the 2015-16 academic year for the Lady Eagles. OC’s final-day score of 292 put its final tally at 592, 19 shots ahead of Redlands and 20 shots ahead of No. 22-ranked Central Oklahoma. Two other Heartland Conference teams were fourth and fifth in the 14-team field – Rogers State and Newman (Kan.), respectively.
Three other OC players tied for seventh in the 91-woman field – junior India Matthews, freshman Elizabeth Freeman and Meisch, who all finished at 150. Meisch fired a 72 on Tuesday, with Matthews posting a 73 and Freeman a 75.
Junior Allison Sell tied for 21st at 154 after shooting a final-round 78.
Three Lady Eagles also played as individuals in the tournament. Junior Dana Todd tied for 60th at 167 after shooting an 86 on Tuesday, while junior Mindy Stafford’s 85 left her at 171, tied for 66th. Freshman Whitney Hall posted an 88 and finished tied for 73rd at 177.
The Lady Eagles will return to action March 28-29 when they travel to Bartlesville to play in the Hillcat Classic at Hillcrest Country Club.
Grace Shine and Marla Souvannasing both fired 1-over-par 71s to lead Central Oklahoma to a third-place finish.
The Bronchos shot a final-round 298 to finish two trips around the par-70 course with a 612 total, just one stroke behind Redlands Community College.
Play was delayed nearly four hours by a storm that roared through the Edmond area Tuesday morning, with participants allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls after play resumed.
"We had a pretty good day, but it just wasn’t enough," head coach Michael Bond said. "Grace and Marla really played well today and took advantage of the conditions. The girls are working hard and we’re just concentrating on getting better every week."
Shin and Souvannasing’s 71s tied for the third-lowest score of the day, while UCO also got a 74 from Daniela Martinez. Makena Mucciaccio added an 82 and Camilla Schou shot 84.
The Bronchos don’t return to action until going to Kearney, Neb. March 25-26 for the UNK Spring Classic.
Rogers State put together one of the top second rounds to move up to fourth place. As a team, the Hillcats finished with a 296, tying their best round of the season, in the second round to total a two-round score of 613 to place fourth.
All five Hillcats improved in the second round. Senior Raquel Trevino had the best second round score for RSU with a 2-over-par round of 72, an 11-shot improvement from her first round yesterday. She finished in the top 25 with the strong second round. For the two rounds, Trevino totaled five birdies ranking third in the field.
Junior Kina Boone was the top finisher for the Hillcats in 12th place after rounds of 77-74.
Also in the top 20 was junior Mica Eastin with a two-round score of 13-over-par 153.
Senior Chelsea Burney placed 21st (80-74). Elizabeth McCloskey improved five strokes at 84-79.
Oklahoma City University ended up eighth place after rounds of 320-306-626. OCU’s Anna Mikish, a junior from Choctaw, compiled a 78-72-150 to tie for seventh place.
Mikish, playing unattached, buried four birdies. Kailey Campbell delivered a 79-73-152 to tie for 14th for the Stars. Campbell, a junior from Oktaha, made par on 21 of the 36 holes in the tournament.
Oklahoma City’s Caroline Goodin, a junior from Oklahoma City, turned in an 81-73-156 while sinking three birdies. Raegan Barnes, a junior from Choctaw, carded an 80-78-158 for OCU. Abby Thompson picked up 21 pars while shooting an 80-80-160 for the Stars. Emma Allen had an 81-81-162. Katie-Lee Wilson put together a 79-83-162 while playing as an individual.
OCU competes next in the Cincinnati Bearcats Spring Classic on March 25-27 on Mission Inn Resort’s El Campeon Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Southern Nazarene got a 76 from Marion Broedys as the senior took three strokes off her day one score and finished with a 155 for a tie in 23rd place. SNU finished in 12th at 662.
Rachel Donaldson shot an 84 to close at 167 in a tie for 60th while Emilee White was two shots back at 169 in a tie for 64th after shooting an 81 in the final round. Jordan Patterson shot an 85 to finish at 171 in a tie for 66th and Cassidy Herbster fired an 87 to close at 176 in a tie for 72nd.