OKLAHOMA CITY – Two-time defending champion Oklahoma City University opens the season in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Monday and Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
The 54-hole tournament begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start Monday, then concludes with the final round 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Three teams that were ranked in the postseason NAIA women’s golf rankings will be on hand.
Top-ranked Oklahoma City, third-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) and 19th-ranked Texas Wesleyan will be in the 13-team field.
“We are excited to start out the new season by hosting the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “It should be an exciting season returning four all-Americans.”
The Stars captured their second consecutive national championship by knocking off Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) in a playoff. OCU shot 5-under-par on the 18th hole as a team to force the extra hole. Oklahoma City has seven national titles won in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014.
OCU’s returning all-Americans are Kailey Campbell, Caroline Goodin, Anna Mikish and Katie-Lee Wilson. All became all-Americans as freshmen. Goodin, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, took Sooner Athletic Conference freshman of the year and produced a 78.16 stroke average last season.
Those four plus Taylor Cusack comprise the Stars’ lineup to open the season. OCU individuals will be Raegan Barnes, Abby Thompson and newcomer Emma Allen.
“We are a very young team, so I expect some growing pains, but I am very confident in this group and am certain that they will be ready,” McCauley said. “I look forward to seeing how we compete at this first event before going on the road for three NCAA Division I tournaments.”
Susie Maxwell Berning became the first woman to compete on a golf scholarship at OCU. She turned pro in 1964 and went on to capture four major LPGA championships. She entered the OCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982.
Lincoln Park, located at 4001 NE Grand Boulevard in Oklahoma City, serves as the home course for OCU’s men’s and women’s golf teams, who have combined for 16 NAIA national championships. Lincoln Park rates as one of Oklahoma’s finest public golf courses. The course was designed by Art Jackson and built in 1923. It features bent grass on the greens and Bermuda grass on the fairways. The course will set up as a par-72, 6,004-yard layout.
SUSIE MAXWELL BERNING CLASSIC
At Oklahoma City
Lincoln Park Golf Course, 4001 NE Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City University
St. Thomas (Texas)
Wayland Baptist (Texas)