Photo: Kate Goodwin hits a tee shot on Tuesday in the DBU Women’s Fall Classic at The Golf Club of Dallas. She finished third in the tournament.
DALLAS (Oct. 10, 2017) – Kate Goodwin posted the best finish by an Oklahoma Christian golfer in almost a year and Abigail Rigsby joined her in the top 10 as the Lady Eagles wrapped up play Tuesday in the Dallas Baptist Women’s Fall Classic.
Goodwin, a junior from Tulsa, closed with a 2-over-par 74 at The Golf Club of Dallas, tying for third in the 66-woman field at 6-over 222.
On a day when temperatures were in the low 60s and winds blew up to 15 mph, Goodwin played a steady final round, with one birdie and only three bogeys. Her third-place finish was the best by any OC player since she won the title last October in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate at Fort Sill Golf Course.
Just one shot behind Goodwin was Rigsby. The sophomore from Courtenay, British Columbia, had three birdies en route to a 74 on the 6,020-yard course and finished seventh. It was the eighth top-10 finish and 14th top-20 finish for Rigsby in 16 career events.
The duo played a key role as OC finished third in a deep 12-team tournament. The Lady Eagles posted a 309 team score on Tuesday to close at 915, making up six shots on second-place St. Mary’s (Texas), which finished at 906. Host Dallas Baptist (Texas) won the team title at 883.
DBU and St. Mary’s both finished in the top five at last spring’s NCAA Division II Championship, and OC finished ahead of three other teams – St. Edward’s (Texas), Midwestern State (Texas) and Southwestern Oklahoma State – that played in Division II Super Regional tournaments in 2017.
OC junior Elizabeth Freeman posted three birdies en route to a final-round 79, which put her in 22nd place at 230. Tied for 39th was sophomore Ashton Nemecek at 240, after she shot an 82. Freshman Shaley Goad (84) placed 46th.
During the three-round tournament, the Lady Eagles led the field in par-3 scoring average at 3.12 (7-over) and tied for second in birdies with 31. Goodwin tied for the lead in overall pars with 36.
DBU’s Addison Mitchell won the individual title at 2-over 218.
OC and Goodwin will look to defend the team and individual titles won last year when the Lady Eagles return to the Oklahoma Intercollegiate next Monday and Tuesday. That will be the final event of OC’s fall golf season.
Southwestern Oklahoma State was unable to gain any ground on the leaderboard in Tuesday’s final round, remaining in seventh place at the conclusion of the tournament.
Gloria Choi carded a team-best 70 (-2) in her closing round, finishing tied for third overall individually. The junior settled in nicely to shoot 2-under through her final 36 holes after a shaky opening round of 80, ending with a 222 total score. She was the only Bulldog to shoot in the 70s during SWOSU’s final round.
Jenna Eidem shot 80 while Elin Wahlin and Chloe Thackeray each posted an 81 in their final rounds and Emily Folsom finished with an 83.
SWOSU is now idle until the spring semester.