RSU, OC fail to threaten in men’s, women’s Heartland Conference Championships

Photo: Freshman Abigail Rigsby led OC during the Heartland Conference Championship.

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – Rogers State junior Mica Eastin shot 1-over par 73 in the final round of the Heartland Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Slick Rock Golf Course to lead the Hillcats to a fourth place team finish with a 910 three-day team total. Two Hillcats joined Eastin in the top 10 as RSU finished just a stroke out of third place.

Eastin finished third with her 217 three-round total. The Carrollton, Texas native earned All-Tournament team honors with her third place finish while also being named All-Conference following Tuesday’s play. Eastin finished two strokes behind Sarah Kim of Dallas Baptist. DBU’s Addison Mitchell claimed medalist honors with a 214 after firing a 4-under par 68 Tuesday.

Kina Boone shot 75 in the final round for a 227 tournament total to finish ninth while freshman Sydney Murray shot 78 Tuesday for a 228 total to tie for tenth.

Marian Flores tied for 28th with a 238 total after firing a 77 for the second straight round. Stirling Phillips shot an 89 in the third round for a 258 total for 42nd place.

DBU claimed the conference title with an 888 team score as the Patriots fired a 293 Tuesday and finished ten strokes ahead of second place St. Mary’s. The Rattlers finished with an 11 stroke lead on third place St. Edward’s.

Rogers State will await the at-large berth announcement for teams and individuals early next week for the West Super Regional to be held May 8-10 at Wichita Falls Country Club in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Abigail Rigsby posted her fourth career top-10 finish for Oklahoma Christian as the Lady Eagles completed play Tuesday.

Rigsby, a freshman from Courtenay, British Columbia, shot a 2-over-par 74, giving her a three-round score of 224. She had three birdies, including both par-5s on the front nine on the 5,943-yard layout, and finished nine shots behind the medalist, Addison Mitchell of Dallas Baptist (Texas).

OC’s final-day team score of 307 put the Lady Eagles at 922 for the tournament, in fifth place in the 10-team field.

The Lady Eagles’ No. 2 player was sophomore Kate Goodwin, who recorded four birdies on Tuesday en route to a 75 that left her at 229 overall, in a tie for 12th in the 50-woman field.

OC’s other three players finished all bunched together in the standings. Freshman Ashton Nemecek was in 26th at 236 after a final-round 83 and senior Allison Sell – who started every tournament for the Lady Eagles during her four years with the program – was 27th at 237. Sell shot a third consecutive 79 at Apple Rock.

Sophomore Elizabeth Freeman tied for 28th at 238, also shooting a 79 on Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles now will wait and see if they receive one of 12 spots into the NCAA Division II West Super Regional, set for May 8-10 at Wichita Falls Country Club in Wichita Falls, Texas. OC was No. 14 in the Super Regional ranking last week.

1 Dallas Baptist 291 304 293 888 +24

2 St. Mary’s U. (TX) 298 307 293 898 +34

3 St. Edward’s 309 299 301 909 +45

4 Rogers State U. 307 300 303 910 +46

3 Mica Eastin (1) 72 72 73 217

9 Christina Boone (2) 78 74 75 227

T10 Sydney Murray (4) 73 77 78 228

T28 Mariana Flores (5) 84 77 77 238

42 Stirling Phillips (3) 87 82 89 258

5 Oklahoma Christian 305 310 307 922 +58

6 Newman 313 306 313 932 +68

7 Arkansas-FortSmith 323 315 316 954 +90

8 Lubbock Christian 319 316 321 956 +92

9 Texas A&M-International 350 343 331 1024 +160

10 OK Panhandle State 402 410 401 1213 +349

OC, RSU men wrap up play in Heartland Conference Championship

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 25, 2017) – Oklahoma Christian sophomore Juan Pallach posted his first career top-10 finish to lead the Eagles as they wrapped up play in the Heartland Conference Championship on Tuesday at Apple Rock Golf Course.

Pallach, from Mexico City, began the day in second place and posted a steady 3-over-par 75 to finish tied for seventh in the 50-man field at 217 (1-over) for the three-round tournament. The leader at the start of the day, Zach Partin of Arkansas-Fort Smith, pulled away to claim the individual title at 4-under 212.

OC, needing a win to extend its 19-year run of consecutive national postseason appearances, instead finished seventh among the 10 teams, recording a final-day score of 305 to close at 906. St. Mary’s (Texas) won the team title at 866, 15 shots ahead of St. Edward’s (Texas) and Dallas Baptist (Texas).

Sophomore Ethan Smith, like Pallach a returning starter from the OC squad that advance to last year’s NCAA Division II Championship, was the Eagles’ No. 2 player in the conference tournament. Smith shot a final-round 76 on the 6,867-yard course and closed at 226 in a tie for 24th.

Tied for 29th was OC junior Eric Hill, who had three birdies en route to a 76 on Tuesday that left him at 231. Freshman Michael Robinson (78) tied for 38th at 235 and sophomore Ryan Trousdale (79) placed 41st at 237.

Rogers State struggled in the final round, shooting 310 to finish eighth.

RSU senior Hagen Barmasse fired an even par 72 in Tuesday’s round to finish with a 217 tournament total (70-75-72) in a tie for sixth place. The Houston, Texas native was named the Heartland Conference Men’s Golf Player of the Year following Tuesday’s final round while also earning All-Conference honors.

Senior Eric Moore carded a 78 in the third round to finished tied for 17thEwen Delample tied for 31st with a 232 following a 79. Patrick Bart shot 81, Alex Marsh closed with an 83.

The Hillcats shot 310-300-310 – 911 to finish five strokes behind seventh place Oklahoma Christian for the three-day event.

Rogers State will await South Central region at-large selection announcements for teams and individuals for the Regional Tournament to be held May 8-10 at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif.

1 St. Mary’s (TX) 288 294 284 866 +2

T2 St. Edward’s 301 284 296 881 +17

T2 Dallas Baptist 297 291 293 881 +17

4 Arkansas – Fort Smith 305 287 294 886 +22

5 Texas A&M International 300 300 297 897 +33

6 Lubbock Christian University 309 298 298 905 +41

7 Oklahoma Christian 294 307 305 906 +42

8 Rogers State University 301 300 310 911 +47

T6 Hagen Barmasse (1) 70 75 72 217

T17 Eric Moore (3) 75 70 78 223

T31 Ewen Delample (5) 79 74 79 232

44 Patrick Bart (4) 77 88 81 246

46 Alex Marsh (2) 84 81 83 248

9 Newman 308 308 301 917 +53

10 Oklahoma Panhandle 320 317 317 954 +90


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