HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 19, 2016) – It was a rough day for Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday in the Heartland Conference Championship at Apple Rock Golf Course.
In a tournament shortened to 18 holes after heavy rain wiped out play for most of Monday, the Lady Eagles weren’t able to find much traction and posted a 316 team score, putting them in sixth place among the nine teams in a competitive field.
OC finished 20 shots behind conference champion St. Mary’s (Texas) and also trailed St. Edward’s (Texas), Dallas Baptist (Texas), Newman (Kan.) and Arkansas-Fort Smith.
The Lady Eagles will find out Friday if they’ve done enough to make the 12-team field for the NCAA Division II West Super Regional, set for May 2-4 at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif. OC entered the conference tournament at No. 12 in the regional rankings, one spot ahead of Newman. OC is eligible for the NCAA postseason for the first time this spring.
OC’s quintet of players finished between three and six holes on Monday before storms resulted in suspension of their round, and they picked up from there on Tuesday.
Only one OC player finished in the top 10 on the par-72, 5,942-yard Apple Rock layout – senior Audrey Meisch, who tied for ninth in the 50-woman field with a 76 that included three birdies. She was six shots behind the medalist, Ann Parmerter of Dallas Baptist.
OC junior Allison Sell tied for 16th with a 78, with freshman Kate Goodwin another shot back at 79. Freshman Elizabeth Freeman shot an 83 and tied for 32nd, while junior India Matthews’ 85 left her tied for 36th.