OCU women in pursuit of NAIA Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oklahoma City University carded 310 and grabbed a share of third place in the first round of the NAIA Championships Tuesday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

OCU, ranked No. 2 in NAIA women’s golf, saw temperatures in the high 50s with wind gusts up to 25 mph on the par-72, 5,978-yard course and finished the first round nine strokes behind leader Embry-Riddle (Fla.). Lubbock Christian (Texas) sat in second place after the first round, six shots ahead of the Stars.

"I’m really proud of the way the girls played today," OCU coach Marty McCauley said. "The conditions were tough and we managed to put together a solid round."
Elia Folch and Jessica Schiele each carded 75 to lead the Stars and tie for second place after one round. The duo and eight other individuals trailed Heather Wiquist of Embry-Riddle by five strokes.

Folch, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, made par on all but three holes in the first round while Schiele, a senior from Grimsby, North East, Lincolnshire, England, birdied the ninth hole to move to three over par on the day.

Senior Taylor Howard, of Ada, Okla., carded a pair of birdies and finished the first round with a 78. Fellow senior Mary Larsh, of Edmond, Okla., birdied the 12th hole and finished with 82, and Tanya Tibshraeny, a senior from Westhaven, Kirkwood, South Africa, finished the first round with 84.

The Stars will return to action in the second round of the NAIA Championships at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

Live scoring for the tournament will be available here. Go here for a live video stream of the greens on the ninth and 18 holes as well as the first and 10th tee boxes.

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