OCU wins playoff for seventh NAIA national championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oklahoma City University carded a final-round 295 and defeated top-ranked SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) in a playoff to win its second consecutive NAIA women’s golf championship Friday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

The Stars, ranked No. 2 in NAIA women’s golf, shot 5-under par as a team on the 18th hole, led by Elia Folch’s eagle, to force a playoff with SCAD-Savannah. OCU outdueled the Bees in the playoff on the par-4 first hole and picked up the win.

The Stars finished with a final score of 302-309-303-295—1,209 on the par-72, 5,962-yard course. OCU carded 13 birdies in the final round and 41 on the tournament.
Folch, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, turned in a final score of 72-75-73-72—292 and finished as runner up for the second consecutive year. Folch sank four birdies and an eagle in the final round of action and finished one shot behind individual titlist Alazne Urizar.

Folch’s runner-up finish is OCU’s fifth overall. Other Stars to finish runner up are Bonnie Howard in 2005, Toni Pyrum in 2006, Ashley Sholer in 2009 and Folch in 2013.

Freshman Caroline Goodin, of Oklahoma City, carded two birdies on the back nine in the final round and finished with a score of 77-76-75-75—303. Goodin finished the tournament with seven birdies and tied for eighth place with Costal Georgia’s Sarah Gillard and Christian Liggin.

Kailey Campbell, a freshman from Oktaha, Okla., turned in a final score of 78-75-77-76—306 and tied for 15th place. Campbell birdied the 18th hole in the final round and totaled 10 birdies on the tournament.

Freshman Anna Mikish, of Choctaw, Okla., made four of her 11 birdies in the final round en route to a fourth-round 72. Mikish turned in a final score of 75-83-78-72—308 and tied for 20th place.

Katie-Lee Wilson, a freshman from Owasso, Okla., turned in a total score of 83-85-82-81—331. Wilson birdied the par-4 third hole and made par on the final three holes in the fourth round.

Campbell, Folch and Goodin all landed on the all-tournament team and OCU coach Marty McCauley was named NAIA coach of the year.

OCU tops NAIA women’s golf with seven NAIA championships. The Stars have captured NAIA titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and now 2014.

In all sports, OCU has captured 56 total national championships. OCU has won at least one national championship every year since 1994. In 2013-14 OCU won NAIA titles men’s cross country, cheerleading and pom/dance, women’s basketball and now women’s golf.
 
All-Tournament Team
Alazne Urizar, SCAD-Savannah (Ga.)
Elia Folch, Oklahoma City
Sofia Molinaro, SCAD-Savannah (Ga.)
Myriam Hassan, William Woods (Mo.)
Daniela Martinez, Northwood (Texas)
Renee Santoyo, Bellevue (Neb.)
Sunny Powers, Concordia (Ore.)
Sarah Gillard, Coastal Georgia
Caroline Goodin, Oklahoma City
Christian Liggin, Costal Georgia
Geandra Almeida, Bethel (Ind.)
Brynn Tomie, Victoria-British Columbia
Winnie Hyun, British Columbia
Jodie Peacock, Williams Woods (Mont.)
Kailey Campbell, Oklahoma City
Kyla Clancy, Rocky Mountain (Colo.)
Candice Lindeque, Cumberlands (Ky.)
 
 

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