Oklahoma Christian’s Meisch wins Collegiate Tour event at Gaillardia

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 15, 2015) – A week after a frustrating finish at the Kansas Women’s Amateur, Oklahoma Christian golfer Audrey Meisch rebounded with a tournament championship on Wednesday.

Meisch shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 to finish with a three-round score of 220 and win the Collegiate Players Tour’s Oklahoma/Gaillardia Collegiate Open at Gaillardia Country Club. The rising senior from Wichita, Kan., beat Kailey Campbell, a rising junior at Oklahoma City University, by four shots after starting the day a shot behind Campbell.

In third place, eight shots behind Meisch, was Taryn Torgerson, a rising sophomore at Wichita State who held off Meisch last week for the Kansas Women’s Amateur title.

Meisch opened the Gaillardia event on Tuesday morning with a 70, one of only two under-par rounds shot by any of the 25 players in the tournament. During that round, she had two birdies and 16 pars. On Tuesday afternoon, she shot a 76, but closed strong with three birdies over her final eight holes.

Meisch birdied the par-4 No. 1 on Wednesday to pull even with Campbell, and Campbell then bogeyed No. 2 and No. 3, giving Meisch a lead she’d never relinquish. Meisch’s lead increased to as many as five shots before Campbell rallied within two with three holes left. Campbell bogeyed No. 16 and No. 17, though, and Meisch closed with six straight pars to seal her win.

One other OC player, Mindy Stafford, also played in the tournament. The rising junior from Piedmont finished 22nd at 273, improving with each round – from a 98 to an 89 to an 86.

At OC, Meisch is a two-time tournament champion and made the All-Heartland Conference second-team honor list after finishing 12th in NCAA Division II in stroke average (75.0 over 24 rounds) in 2015. She also earned National Christian College Athletic Association All-America honors last fall and became the first OC women’s golfer to make the Capital One Academic All-District team.

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