HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – Rogers State women’s golf fired the second best team score Monday in the second round of the Heartland Conference Championship at Slick Rock Golf Course as the Hillcats shot a 300.
Mica Eastin led the way with an even par 72 for the second consecutive round to sit in third place just one-stroke out of first. Through two rounds the Hillcat junior ranks first among the 50 player field in par four scoring as Eastin has shot even par 4.00.
Freshman Sydney Murray is tied for sixth with a 36 hole total of 150 after a 77 Monday. Senior Kina Boone shot 74 on the 5,943 yard course and will enter Tuesday’s final round tied in 10th with a 152 two-round total.
Mariana Flores shot seven strokes better than her first round total as the freshman finished Monday’s round with a 77 and sits in 34th place. Stirling Phillips improved by five strokes in the second round and is tied for 38th at 169 (87-82).
Dallas Baptist holds a 10-stroke lead as the Patriots shot 304 in Monday’s second round for a 595 two-round total. St. Mary’s sits in second place with a 605 total while the Hillcats are just two-strokes behind the Rattlers with a 607 tournament team total and a stroke ahead of St. Edward’s. The Hilltoppers recorded the lowest round of the day with a team 299 total in the second round.
DBU’s Sarah Kim and Newman’s Imkeleen Meyer sit atop the individual leaderboard with a 143 tournament total with rounds of 71-72.
Oklahoma Christian didn’t move up the leaderboard on Monday in the Heartland Conference Championship, but the Lady Eagles also didn’t slip too far despite a bit of an off day at Apple Rock Golf Course.
OC posted a team score of 310 and has a two-day score of 615, placing the Lady Eagles fifth with one round remaining. That’s two spots lower than after the first round, but the Lady Eagles still are within reasonable striking distance of three teams ahead of them – second-place St. Mary’s (Texas) at 605, Rogers State at 607 and St. Edward’s (Texas) at 608.
No. 2-ranked Dallas Baptist (Texas) leads the tournament at 595, led by Sarah Kim, who shared the individual lead with Imkeleen Meyer of Newman (Kan.) at 143. Rogers State’s Mica Eastin was another shot back in third.
OC’s top player so far, Abigail Rigsby, was tied for sixth in the 50-woman field at 150. The freshman from Courtenay, British Columbia, opened her round with three birdies in the first four holes to move to 1-under-par for the tournament and into a tie for second, but she couldn’t sustain that momentum and eventually posted a 4-over 76.
Also shooting 76 for the Lady Eagles on the 5,943-yard course was freshman Ashton Nemecek, who recorded two birdies and was at 153 after two rounds, tied for 12th. Another shot back, tied for 15th, was OC sophomore Kate Goodwin, who fired a 79 on Monday. Goodwin had two birdies, but also a triple bogey to start her round.
Senior Allison Sell also shot a 79 that included three birdies and was tied for 24th at 158. Tied for 29th at 159 – also after shooting a 79 – was sophomore Elizabeth Freeman. Freeman also had a birdie.
Through two rounds, the Lady Eagles have 24 birdies, the most of any of the 10 teams in the tournament.
OC’s golfers will be grouped with their counterparts from Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Newman for Tuesday’s final round. The Lady Eagles will tee off from No. 10 starting at 8:55 a.m.
1 Dallas Baptist 291 304 595 +19
2 St. Mary’s U. (TX) 298 307 605 +29
3 Rogers State U. 307 300 607 +31
3 Mica Eastin (1) 72 72 144
T6 Sydney Murray (4) 73 77 150
T10 Christina Boone (2) 78 74 152
34 Mariana Flores (5) 84 77 161
T38 Stirling Phillips (3) 87 82
4 St. Edward’s 309 299 608 +32
5 Oklahoma Christian 305 310 615 +39
6 Newman 313 306 619 +43
7 Lubbock Christian 319 316 635 +59
8 Arkansas-FortSmith 323 315 638 +62
9 Texas A&M-International 350 343 693 +117
10 OK Panhandle State 402 410 812 +236