Rogers State’s Eastin wins Midwestern State Invitational

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Rogers State junior Mica Eastin took home individual medalist honors as the Hillcat women finished tied for ninth at the Midwestern State Invitational on Tuesday at Wichita Falls Country Club.

Eastin carded a second round total of 3-over par 75 to match a round of 75 on Monday for a tournament total of 150, 6-over par, to claim medalist honors over Addison Mitchell of Dallas Baptist. The Carrollton, Texas native earned her first individual medalist honors of the year with the win in the Heartland Conference loaded field. The Hillcat junior posted the best par four scoring of the two-day event averaging a score of 4.15 while posting 28 pars, most by any individual, for the two round tournament.

The Patriots claimed the team title with three golfers finishing in the top seven individually. DBU shot 613 (310-303) for 37-over par to finish ten strokes ahead of second place St. Mary’s.

The Hillcats moved up three spots into a tie for ninth place after shooting 319 on the second day, 15 strokes better than its opening round 334. The Hillcats tied host Midwestern State and Henderson State with two-round total of 653 on the par 72 course. RSU finished six strokes out of eighth place to St. Edward’s and four strokes ahead of 12th place Newman University.

All five Hillcats shot better on day two with the largest improvement coming from Kina Boone. The senior shot seven strokes better Tuesday finishing with a round of 80 for a tournament total of 167 and tied for 64th place.

Mariana Flores finished tied for 42nd as the freshman carded an 81 for a two-day total of 164. Stirling Phillips shot 89-83 – 172 for a tie in 77th and Sydney Murray improved by one shot in round two with a 92 and a 97th place finish with a 185 tournament total.

Rogers State returns to competition on Monday, March 20 at Bailey Ranch Golf Club in Owasso, Okla. hosting the Hillcat Classic.

Oklahoma Christian moved up a spot to finish tied for fourth in the 20-team field which included many of the top programs from NCAA Division II’s South Central Region, with which the Lady Eagles are fighting for a spot in a Division II Super Regional that will be played at the same site as this week’s tournament was held.

OC finished ahead of five teams currently ranked ahead of it in the current Division II Golfstat.com Relative Rankings and tied with another.

The Lady Eagles’ final-round team score of 311 was 16 shots better than their first-round score and gave them a final total of 638, tied with West Texas A&M, which had entered the day five shots ahead of OC. Dallas Baptist (Texas) was the team champion with a two-round score of 613.

Three OC players each shot a 5-over-par 77 on the 5,926-yard course on Tuesday – sophomores Elizabeth Freeman and Kate Goodwin and freshman Abigail Rigsby. Freeman, who had three birdies, was the Lady Eagles’ top individual finisher at 157, while Rigsby and Goodwin – who had two birdies each – tied for 13th in the 105-woman field at 158.

Senior Allison Sell fired a final-round 80 that included two birdies and tied for 46th at 165, while freshman Ashton Nemececk’s 85 left her at 172, tied for 77th.

Addison Mitchell of Dallas Baptist and Mica Eastin of Rogers State tied for the individual win at 150.

OC will complete its three-tournaments-in-three-weeks stretch next Monday and Tuesday, when the Lady Eagles will travel to Owasso, Okla., to play in the Hillcat Classic, to be hosted by Rogers State and Bailey Ranch Golf Club.

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