WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Oklahoma Christian battled fierce winds and cold temperatures but held its own on Monday in the first round of the Midwestern State Invitational at Wichita Falls Country Club.
Playing on a course that later this year will host a NCAA Division II Super Regional women’s golf tournament, OC stood fifth among 20 teams after posting a team score of 327. The Lady Eagles trail co-leaders St. Mary’s (Texas) and Dallas Baptist (Texas) by 17 shots entering Tuesday’s final round.
Temperatures in the mid 40s and 50s were exacerbated by a steady 20-to-30 mph north wind that gusted up to 40 mph, resulting in elevated scores on the par-72, 5,926 yard course.
Leading OC was sophomore Elizabeth Freeman, who posted an 80 that put her in a tie for 14th in the 105-woman field. Freeman trailed the individual leader, Lydia Traylor of Tarleton State (Texas), by six shots.
OC freshman Abigal Rigsby and sophomore Kate Goodwin both shot an 81 and were tied for 23rd. Senior Allison Sell posted an 85 and was tied for 57th, while freshman Ashton Nemecek‘s 87 left her tied for 67th.
The Lady Eagles will be grouped on Tuesday with players from West Texas A&M and Regis (Colo.) and will tee off starting at 10 a.m.
Among other Oklahoma schools competing, Rogers State is in 12th place after shooting 334.
Mica Eastin led the way for RSU as the junior carded a 3-over par 75 on the 5,926 yard course. The Carrollton, Texas native sits tied in second after carding the only sub-80 round for the Hillcats in round one.
Freshman Mariana Flores posted a round of 83, tied for 42nd while Kina Boone shot an 87 on day one to tie for 67th place. Stirling Phillips carded an 89 tied for 75th and Sydney Murray tied for 94th with a round of 93 as the Hillcats sit five strokes out of eighth place.
Rogers State will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the first tee of Wichita Falls Country Club on Tuesday, March 14 for the final round of the Midwestern State Invitational.