GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sept. 24, 2018) – In Oklahoma Christian’s first match-play event in the program’s eight-season history, the Lady Eagles split on the opening day Monday in the Dallas Baptist Match Play Invitational.
OC fell 3-2 to Heartland Conference rival St. Mary’s (Texas) in the opening round at Prairie Lakes Golf Course, but rebounded to down Central Oklahoma 3.5-1.5 in the consolation bracket. Senior Kate Goodwin and freshman Alexandria Bennett led the way for the Lady Eagles with a pair of individual wins.
Against St. Mary’s, Goodwin shot a 2-under-par 70 to beat Megan Sells, who shot an 80 for the Rattlers, while Bennett’s 75 bested Haleigh Jordan, who shot a 76.
In other individual matches, Paige Weiss of St. Mary’s (70) beat junior Abigail Rigsby (73), Sofia Ruescas (70) best OC freshman Alexandria Bennett (75), Haleigh Jordan (76) beat OC sophomore Shaley Goad (80) and Maria Regina Gonzalez (72) beat OC senior Elizabeth Freeman (76).
But against UCO, the Lady Eagles rebounded with a solid team win. Goodwin posted a bogey-free 69 to beat the Bronchos’ Sydney Roberts by five shots and Bennett’s 75 was two shots better than Yuna Sato’s 77.
Goad shot a 77 to defeat Madison O’Dell (80), and Freeman halved her match with Faith Stewart, as each golfer shot a 76. UCO’s only win came from Makenna Mucciaccio, who posted a 72 to down Rigsby, who shot a 77.
OC will play for fifth place on Tuesday against Northeastern State.
Northeastern State split its opening day Monday. The RiverHawks fell 4-1 to St. Edward’s in the morning round at the Prairie Lakes Golf Course, but went out and beat Southwestern Oklahoma 3-2 in the consolation bracket.
The format being played by the eight teams is medal-match, the same that the NCAA Division II National Championship is played by.
In the medal format, Ebba Moberg is tied for the lead with a 139 (71-68), NSU in sixth overall scoring a 594 (298-296).
“Ebba was a stud all day,” said head coach Scott Varner. “We are playing in arguably one of the strongest fields in the nation this year. Ebba is in great position to get a huge win. As a senior, she needs to go out with no regrets tomorrow.”
Dallas Baptist advanced to the championship match and will face St. Mary’s on Tuesday; the Patriots lead by ten strokes in medal play carding a 573. Oklahoma Christian’s Kate Goodwin is tied with Moberg for the lead.
The RiverHawks will face Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday for fifth place.
DALLAS BAPTIST MATCH-PLAY INVITATIONAL
St. Edward’s 4, Northeastern State 1
Laura Rodriguez (78) vs. Ebba Moberg (71)
Elena Castanon (72) vs. Nina Lee (78)
Ana Jose Erana (73) vs. Lexi Armon (77)
Randi Romack (78) vs. Kelsey Lumpkin (80)
Sammy Huang (71) vs. Aitana Hernandez (72)
Northeastern State 3, Southwestern Okla. 2
Aitana Hernandez (76) vs. Gloria Choi (71)
Ebba Moberg (68) vs. Veronika Bochdanovits (76)
Lexi Armon (77) vs. Elin Whalin (79)
Nina Lee (82) vs. Chloe Thackeray (72)
Kelsey Lumpkin (75) vs. Mikaela Rindermann (83)
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN (2) vs. ST. MARY’S (TEXAS) (3)
1 – Abigail Rigsby (73) vs. Paige Weiss (70)
2 – Kate Goodwin (70) vs. Megan Sells (80)
3 – Alex Bennett (75) vs. Haleigh Jordan (76)
4 – Shaley Goad (80) vs. Sofia Ruescas (70)
5 – Elizabeth Freeman (76) vs. Maria Regina Gonzalez (72)
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN (3.5) vs. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (1.5)
1 – Kate Goodwin (69) vs. Sydney Roberts (74)
2 – Abigail Rigsby (77) vs. Makenna Mucciaccio (72)
3 – Alex Bennett (75) vs. Yuna Sato (77)
4 – Elizabeth Freeman (76) vs. Faith Stewart (76) (draw)
5 – Shaley Goad (77) vs. Madison O’Dell (80)