OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Christian senior Anna Arrese Cortadellas took a five-shot lead and helped the Lady Eagles into a tie for the team lead after the first round of the Oklahoma Baptist Spring Invitational on Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s East Course.
Arrese Cortadellas, who has finished in the top two individually in each of her last five tournaments, shot a 3-under-par 68 – matching her career-best score. She’s well ahead of second-place Heather Shake of Houston-Victoria (Texas), who shot a 73 on the 5,912-yard course.
OC posted a team score of 303 and is tied with longtime rival and NAIA power Oklahoma City University. OC and OCU are 14 shots ahead of third-place Houston-Victoria entering Tuesday’s final round.
Every one of OC’s five starters were in the top 16 in the 55-player field. Junior Audrey Meisch shot a 77, good for a tie for eighth, while sophomore India Matthews and senior Catherine Odgers were tied for 12th at 79. Sophomore Allison Sell was another shot back, tied for 16th.
Four Lady Eagles are playing the tournament as individuals. Sophomore Dana Todd led that group, shooting an 87 to put her in a tie for 32nd. Sophomore Mindy Stafford was tied for 34th after an 88. Freshman Chaise Lucero and junior Alyssa Schneider each shot a 91 and were tied for 39th.