SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 15, 2016) – Oklahoma Christian’s India Matthews started the Lady Eagles’ spring golf season with a strong round of 75 and stood in seventh place individually after the first day of the Lady Rattler Invitational at The Dominion Country Club on Monday.
OC posted a team score of 320 and will enter the final round on Tuesday in fifth place in an 18-team field that includes many of the top squads from NCAA Division II’s South Central Region. The Lady Eagles trail the leader, tournament host and No. 17-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas), by 24 shots and second-place No. 4 Dallas Baptist (Texas) by 11 shots.
Individually, Matthews – a junior from Merrimac, Australia – was six shots behind the leader, Kelly Contreras of St. Mary’s.
The Lady Eagles started on the back nine on the par-72, 5,910-yard course on Monday. Matthews recorded birdies on a pair of par-4 holes, No. 13 and No. 16, then birdied the par-3 No. 5 and the par-5 No. 9 to end her round. Her four birdies were tied for third in the 94-woman field.
OC junior Allison Sell was tied for 12th with a 78 that included birdies on No. 15 and No. 16. Senior Audrey Meisch shot an 81 and was tied for 26th, while freshmen Elizabeth Freeman (86) and Kate Goodwin (88) were tied for 62nd and tied for 74th, respectively.
Tuesday’s round will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.
Southwestern Oklahoma State was tied for seventh after the first round, led by Elin Wahlin’s 79. Gloria Khoi shot 81 and Emily Folsom 83.
Rogers State is in 10th place after shooting 329. Junior Mico Eastin shot 2-over-par 74 and is tied for fourth. Junior Kina Boone shot 80 to tie for 21st place, freshman Stirling Phillips shot 87, Elizabeth McCloskey 89 and Raquel Trevino 90.
The second round began at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Live scoring can be followed here.