ORU places third, Stars’ Campbell is runnerup in Payne Stewart Memorial

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Kailey Campbell from Oklahoma City University turned in a runner-up finish in the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial Tuesday at Twin Oaks Country Club.

Campbell, a senior from Oktaha, Okla., fell short of the tournament leader by three shots. Oklahoma City, ranked fourth in NAIA women’s golf, improved to fifth place in front of nine NCAA Division I squads in the team standings on the final day of the 54-hole event. Oral Roberts placed third.

Campbell posted a 77-72-70–219 while enjoying her first runner-up finish at OCU. South Dakota’s Brenna Lervick secured the individual crown with a 69-76-71–216. The Stars turned in a 318-309-294–921 to move up five spots in the standings from Monday. Second-ranked William Woods (Mo.) finished 12th.

OCU’s Anna Mikish, a senior from Choctaw, Okla., shot an 80-78-73–231 to tie for 26th place. Savannah Moody, a junior from Weatherford, Texas, supplied the Stars with a 78-79-75–232.

Raegan Barnes, a senior from Choctaw, Okla., produced an 83-80-76–239, while Caroline Goodin, a senior from Oklahoma City, added an 87-87-78–252 for OCU.

Melissa Eldredge of the Stars entered the tournament unattached. Eldredge, a freshman from Eufaula, Okla., compiled an 80-79-79–238.

The conditions on the par-71, 5,962-yard course featured 70-degree temperatures that rose to 85 during competition. The wind blew up to 9 mph during the round.

Oral Roberts had a strong final round, shooting 290 and moving up to third place overall at 904 (309-305-290–904).

South Dakota State won the tournament after shooting 287 in the final round to finish at 896 (301-308-287–896). The Jackrabbits had the only round of the tournament that was better than ORU’s finish.

ORU’s 290 was the best round since shooting 282 in the opening round of the Jackrabbit Invitational March 16, 2015. Beatriz Garcia, who finished second on the team and tied for 13th overall was one of three Golden Eagles who were competing in their first collegiate tournaments.

Paty Torres led ORU for the first time since last year’s MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial when she finished fourth overall. Annie Lacombe struggled Monday but rebounded in a big way Tuesday as the freshman carded ORU’s only round under par with a 70 in the final round to move into the top 25.

Team Results

1 — South Dakota State — 301-308-287–896
2 — UTEP — 301-298-300–899
3 — ORU — 309-305-290–904
4 — Missouri State — 308-303-306–917
5 — Oklahoma City — 318-309-294–921
6 — Arkansas State — 312-313-298–923
7 — South Dakota — 309-316-300–925
T8 — Western Illinois — 312-307-307–926
T8 — ULM — 313-305-308–926
10 — Little Rock — 309-310-313–932
11 — Illinois State — 316-315-303–934
12 — William Woods — 315-316-309–940
13 — Omaha — 317-318-319–956
14 — Creighton — 321-320-318–959
15 — Drury — 329-348-326–1003

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