OWASSO, Okla. (Sept. 22, 2014) – Two of the best women’s golf teams in the Heartland Conference are the two top teams on the leaderboard at the inaugural National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Championship.
Oklahoma Christian shot a team score of 296 in the tournament’s first round on Monday at Owasso Golf and Athletic Club and is two shots behind NCAA Division II and NCCAA power Dallas Baptist (Texas). The Heartland squads are well ahead of McMurry (Texas) and Southwestern Christian, who were tied for third in the five-team race at 325, with host Oklahoma Wesleyan last at 364.
Led by rounds of 1-over-par 73 by Allison Sell and Audrey Meisch, the Lady Eagles put themselves in position to challenge Tuesday for the regional title and an automatic berth to the NCCAA Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., in late October that goes to the team champion.
DBU and OC both have finished in the top three at the NCCAA Invitational each of the past two years and whichever team doesn’t win the regional title likely will receive an at-large bid to the national tournament.
Meisch and Sell were tied for third, two shots off the individual lead held by Sydney Williams of Dallas Baptist. DBU’s Erin Barrington was second after shooting a 72 on the 6,132-yard course.
OC senior Anna Arrese Cortadellas was tied for fifth in the 31-woman field after firing a 74. OC’s other two players, Catherine Odgers and India Matthews, each posted a 76 and were tied for eighth.
"The team played well," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "We need to have an under-par score to compete better and I think we can do that."
OWASSO, Okla. (Sept. 22, 2014) – The bad news for Oklahoma Christian was that the Eagles didn’t come close to playing their best on Monday during the first two rounds of the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Championship.
The good news? Despite its first-day struggles, OC still is in the hunt for the region title.
The Eagles posted team scores of 285 and 284 to stand in third place in the eight-team field at 7-under-par 569. OC trails Heartland Conference rival Dallas Baptist (Texas) by five shots and Central Baptist (Ark.) by two shots entering Tuesday’s final round at Owasso Golf and Athletic Club.
"I look forward to seeing our response tomorrow and I expect we will play solid and compete," OC coach David Lynn said.
Junior Sam Johnston and freshman Zac Schaeffer led the Eagles on Monday. Johnston fired a pair of 2-under-par 70s in the 7,034-yard course, while Schaeffer opened with a 67 before shooting a 73 in the afternoon. They were tied for fifth individually, five shots behind Austin Harmon of Central Baptist
The rest of the Eagles were up and down all day. Freshman Asher Owen followed a morning 74 with an afternoon 69 and was tied for 11th in the 46-man field at 143. Senior Jared Consoli shot rounds of 74 and 72 and was tied for 18th at 146.
Senior Trey Payne (75-73) was tied for 25th at 148. Freshman Chase Esparza, playing as an individual in his first collegiate tournament, struggled with an opening-round 78 but improved to 71 in the afternoon and was tied for 28th at 149.
Complete results for the men’s and women’s tournaments are at www.golfstat.com.