EDMOND, Okla. (March 11, 2014) – After almost three years and a dozen runner-up finishes, Oklahoma Christian’s women’s golf team now has its first team tournament title.
Led by Audrey Meisch and Anna Arrese Cortadellas, the Lady Eagles rallied from a 10-shot deficit entering Tuesday’s final round to post a two-shot victory over No. 16-ranked Arkansas Tech in the Kickingbird Classic at Kickingbird Golf Course.
OC posted a team score of 295 on the par-70 course for a two-round score of 611. Behind Arkansas Tech was NAIA No. 2 Oklahoma City University (614) and two other ranked NCAA Division II schools, No. 7 (and tournament host) Central Oklahoma (625) and No. 23 Northeastern State (635).
Five other teams that – unlike OC – received votes in the most recent Division II coaches’ poll also were in the 16-team field. But none of them were able to handle the windy conditions Tuesday as did the Lady Eagles.
"It was blowing and my OC girls showed how tough they are," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "As I’ve said before, Audrey just keeps getting better and I can’t say enough about Anna. All the girls contributed to OC’s first win."
Arrese Cortadellas was OC’s top individual finisher, tying for second after firing a 70 for a two-round score of 148, three shots behind medalist Elia Folch of OCU. Arrese Cortadellas has finished in the top 10 in all 22 tournaments during her OC career.
Meanwhile, Meisch recovered from a first-round 83 to shoot a 69 – the only under-par round by any of the 96 women in the tournament – to finish tied for fifth at 152.
India Matthews improved by four shots from the first round, shooting a 75 and tying for ninth at 154. Allison Sell struggled a bit with an 87 – she finished 29th at 163 – but fellow freshman Dana Todd improved by five shots with an 81 to give OC a solid No. 4 score. Todd tied for 37th at 167.
Oklahoma City University Folch carded a final-round 73 to win the individual title. Folch, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, turned in a final score of 72-73—145 on the par-72, 5,824-yard course to pick up her third consecutive individual title and help the Stars, ranked No. 3 in NAIA women’s golf, to a third place finish. Folch is the first OCU player to win three straight tournaments since Jessica Schiele accomplished the feat in the 2011-12 season.
OCU finished the tournament with a two-round score of 310-304—614 to finish in second place, one stroke behind Arkansas Tech and three shots behind Oklahoma Christian.
Folch rolled in an eagle and led the tournament in par-4 scoring.
Freshman Caroline Goodin, of Oklahoma City, shot 81-71—152 and tied for fifth. Kailey Campbell, a freshman from Oktaha, Okla., tied for 11th place with a score of 77-78—155.
Katie-Lee Wilson, a freshman from Owasso, Okla., carded 83-82—165, and fellow freshman Anna Mikish, of Choctaw, Okla., finished with a score of 80-87—167.
Abby Thompson shot 80-82—162, Reagan Barnes carded 84-83—167 and Taylor Cusack finished with 100-90—190 while playing as individuals.
The Stars will return to action in the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational on March 31 at Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas.