OC’s Goodwin, Rigsby, RSU’s Eastin selected for West Super Regional

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Photo: Kate Goodwin (left) and Abigail Rigsby (right) have been chosen to play in the NCAA Division II West Super Regional.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 1, 2017) – Oklahoma Christian won’t be making a second straight trip to the NCAA Division II West Super Regional women’s golf tournament as a team, but two Lady Eagles were selected Tuesday to play in the event.

Freshman Abigail Rigsby and sophomore Kate Goodwin were among the six players chosen to compete as individuals in the Super Regional, set for May 8-10 at Wichita Falls Country Club in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The top three teams in the Super Regional, and the top three individuals not on one of those three teams, will advance to the Division II Championship, to be played May 17-20 at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio.

“I’m so happy for Abi and Kate,” OC coach Greg Lynn said. “We compete in such a tough region and it’s hard to qualify. They both have had good seasons and we’re looking forward to the opportunity we’ll have in Wichita Falls.”

Rigsby, a freshman from Courtenay, British Columbia, ranks 84th in Division II (and 11th in the Heartland Conference) in scoring average at 76.68 over 25 rounds. She’s also tied for 81st nationally in total birdies with 41. Rigsby, who has four top-10 finishes during the 2016-17 campaign, was named last week to the All-Heartland second-team list.

Goodwin, a sophomore from Tulsa, is 14th in the Heartland in scoring average at 77.32 over 25 rounds. She has two career wins, most recently last October, when she won the Oklahoma Intercollegiate at Fort Sill Golf Course. At last year’s West Super Regional, played at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif., she recorded the first-ever hole-in-one by an OC player.

The 12 teams that made this year’s Super Regional field were Dallas Baptist (Texas), California Baptist, Tarleton State (Texas), St. Mary’s (Texas), Sonoma State (Calif.), St. Edward’s (Texas), West Texas A&M, Academy of Art (Calif.), host Midwestern Stat (Texas), Chico State (Calif.), California State-Monterey Bay and Simon Fraser (British Columbia).

The other four individuals in the field will be Mica Eastin of Rogers State, Mary Weinstein of Regis (Colo.), Jenn Paul of Western Washington and Imkeleen Meyer of Newman (Kan.).

OC’s team played at Wichita Falls Country Club on March 13-14 in the Midwestern State Invitational, tying for fourth in the 20-team field. Goodwin and Rigsby tied for 13th among 105 players at 14-over-par 158, each shooting rounds of 81 and 77.

Rogers State junior Mica Eastin has also been selected for the West Super Regional.

Eastin, a native of Carrollton, Texas, is the 26th ranked Division II golfer nationally in average score as the third year Hillcat is averaging 3.62 over par in 26 rounds this season. Twice Eastin tallied a school record low round of 69 this season while she finished top five in six of the Hillcats 11 tournaments.

The Hillcat junior was successful earlier this season at the Wichita Falls Country Club course as she took home individual medalist honors at the Midwestern State Invitational earlier this spring. Eastin finished third individually at the Heartland Conference Championship last week while helping RSU to a fourth place team finish. She was named first team All-Conference last week marking the second straight year she earned all-conference recognition.

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