Stars fall back to seventh in NAIA National Championship

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University slipped to a tie for seventh place in the NAIA women’s golf championships Wednesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

The 11th-ranked Stars posted a 287-319–606 through 36 holes. Melissa Eldredge and Natalie Gough of OCU tied for 22nd individually.

Eldredge, a junior from Eufaula, Okla., compiled a 36-hole score of 67-82–149, while Gough, a freshman from Bixby, Okla., put together a 73-76–149. Gough made three birdies Wednesday.

Eldredge and Oklahoma City set an NAIA Championships record with their first-round scores. The Stars’ first-round team score of 287 topped the previous mark of 288 by OCU in the first round of the 2006 NAIA Championships. Eldredge’s 35-32–67 bettered the 68 by OCU’s Jessica Schiele in 2013 and Ashley Sholer of the Stars in ’06. Kaitlyn Riley from Cumberlands (Ky.) matched the record of 68 in 2016.

The third round of the tournament starts 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Oklahoma City opens play 7:38 a.m. Thursday at the No. 1 tee.

The Stars’ Lauren Behnken recorded a 75-80–155 in round No. 2. Behnken, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., nailed a birdie on the par-5, 451-yard fifth hole.

McKenzie McCoy supplied OCU with a 76-81–157. McCoy, a sophomore from Beggs, Okla., made birdie on No. 5. Lauryn Pritchard, a freshman from Allen, Texas, added a 72-85–157 with a birdie on the par-5, 493-yard 16th hole.

Paula Sofia Suarez of SCAD Savannah notched the second hole-in-one of the tournament. Suarez drained her ace on the par-3, 150-yard second hole.

Fifth-ranked British Columbia assumed the team lead at 294-296–590, while No. 1-ranked Keiser (Fla.) had a 297-296–593. Third-ranked defending national champion SCAD Savannah (Ga.) went to third with a 302-294–596.

The individual leaders were Michela Tjan of Keiser (Fla.) with a 73-70–143 and Maria Zrodowska from William Woods (Mo.) at 70-73–143.


 

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