OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Christian made a good run at it on Tuesday, but a 15-shot deficit proved to be too much to overcome on the final day of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.
Still, the 297 team score by the Lady Eagles at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s West Course moved them into second place in the 54-hole tournament at 891. With all five players finishing in the upper half of the 75-woman field, OC finished nine shots behind NAIA No. 3-ranked Bellevue (Neb.).
Among the teams OC beat in the tournament were Heartland Conference rival Rogers State (third at 893), defending NAIA champion and No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University (fourth at 895) and Wayland Baptist (Texas), which began the day eight shots ahead of the Lady Eagles but finished fifth at 898.
The Lady Eagles’ "B" team in the tournament also fared well, finishing 10th in the 14-team field with a three-round score of 996.
"We had a good day," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "It’s hard to make up 15 shots in one round, but we had a good effort and moved up a spot to second place. These scores will be enough to land us a spot in the (National Christian College Athletic Association) tournament."
OC was led individually by senior Anna Arrese Cortadellas, who shot a 2-over-par 74 on the 6,004-yard course. She finished tied for fourth at 219, 10 shots behind the medalist, Ivon Reijers of Redlands Community College, and one shot behind Oklahoma Baptist’s Whitney Manley and Bellevue’s Natalia Soria.
In her first tournament since sitting out the 2013-14 season, OC senior Catherine Odgers finished tied for 12th at 223, recording three birdies en route to a final-round 74.
Sophomore India Matthews and junior Audrey Meisch tied for 20th at 226, with Meisch closing with a 72 (posting four birdies) while Matthews shot a 77. Sophomore Allison Sell was OC’s No. 5 player, shooting a 79 to finish at 230, in 31st place. All five players recorded at least two birdies on Tuesday.
So did OC sophomore Dana Todd, who shot a 76 on Tuesday, her best round of the tournament, to finish at 240 – tied for 43rd overall – and lead the Lady Eagles’ "B" team. Walk-on Chaise Lucero, a freshman playing in her first collegiate tournament, tied for 46th after shooting a 79 – also her best round of the tournament – to finish at 242.
Led by Mica Eastin’s school-record round of 71, the Rogers State women’s golf team shattered its team low round en route to a third place finish.
As a team, the Hillcats fired a 291 in the third and final round, which tied the second-best team score in the tournament and was seven shots better than the previous school record of 298 from round one. The impressive closing day moved RSU past defending NAIA National Champion and host Oklahoma City into sole possession of third place.
Eastin carded the lowest round in school history and became the first to ever shoot under par coming in with a 1-under-par 71, which was the fifth-lowest of all 225 rounds played in the event. The sophomore from Carrollton, Texas improved her score by seven strokes from round two to place 12th overall.
Junior Raquel Trevino matched her opening round score posting an even-par 72 finishing inside the top 10 in seventh place with a 54-hole total of 221. Trevino led the 75-player field going 2-under-par on par 4’s for a 3.92 scoring average tallying the best three-round score in Hillcat women’s golf history.
For the third-consecutive round, sophomore Michelle Tierney recorded a 2-over-par 74 earning a top-10 finish placing in a tie for eighth. Tierney turned in two more pars than the nearest competitor in the tournament with 43 ending with a total score of 222.
Junior Chelsea Burney dropped her score in every round shooting a career-low 74 Tuesday, finishing the event with 39 pars. Burney placed 25th overall after a score of 227.
Rounding out the list of competitors for RSU, sophomore Kina Boone fired an 80 in the final round for a three-round total of 236, placing 38th.
Ivon Reijers of Redlands Community College led the tournament wire-to-wire claiming individual medalist honors with a 7-under-par 209 while Bellevue University won the team event with an 882.
Oklahoma City University moved up to fourth place as the two-time defending NAIA women’s golf champion Stars compiled a 310-293-292-895 on the par-72, 6,004-yard course. Kailey Campbell of Oklahoma City tied for fourth place individually.
Oklahoma City bettered its seventh-place standing after 18 holes and improved over its first-round score by 18 strokes.
"I could not be more proud of the girls," OCU coach Marty McCauley said. "They fought through real adversity the past two days. I did a poor job of having them ready to compete the first round, but it was a very impressive last 36 holes."
Campbell, a sophomore from Oktaha, Okla., posted a 73-74-72-219 to end 10 strokes off the pace set by Ivon Reijers of Redlands. Campbell had a career-best finish, ahead of two ties for eighth she had as a freshman for OCU. Campbell knocked in 10 birdies.
Caroline Goodin provided the Stars with a 79-73-72-224, which was tied for 14th. Goodin, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, sank 12 birdies. Katie-Lee Wilson of OCU shot 76-74-77-227 to tie for 25th. Wilson, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla., made par on 38 of the 54 holes.
Anna Mikish, a sophomore from Choctaw, Okla., contributed an 82-72-74-228 while making six birdies for the Stars. OCU’s Taylor Cusack, a junior from Oklahoma City, had an 84-83-74-241.
Stars individuals were Emma Allen (75-75-75-225), Raegan Barnes (79-74-79-232) and Abby Thompson (73-78-81-232).
The Stars compete next in Louisiana-Monroe’s Fred Marx Invitational on Sept. 22-23 at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, La.