UCO grabs lead in RCB Classic at Golf Club of Edmond

Photo: UCO sophomore Sydney Roberts led the Bronchos to the top of the leaderboard at the UCO RCB Classic Monday at the Golf Club of Edmond.

EDMOND – Sydney Roberts fired a first-round 72 to pace the University of Central Oklahoma women’s golf team to the top of the leaderboard at the UCO RCB Classic at the Golf Club of Edmond Monday.

Roberts is tied for third individually. The Bronchos shot a 293 to take the lead at the halfway point. Southwestern Oklahoma State is second after shooting a 297, and has the individual leader in Chloe Thackeray, who shot a 71 Monday.

“I think the girls did a nice job today, setting the tone early and playing strong throughout the day,” UCO head coach Michael Bond said. “It was really windy too. And everybody has to deal with that, it’s not an excuse, but for the ones who were able to manage it and fight through it, they deserve some credit.”

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Marla Souvannasing and Makena Mucciaccio each shot a 73 to land in a tie for seventh place individually. Anna Pool‘s 75 – good for an 11th-place tie – rounded out the scoring for the Bronchos.

Yuna Sato shot an 87, while J.T. Neuzil and Mollie Pruett each shot an 81 competing unattached.

Final round action gets underway Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Southwestern OSU turned in a quality performance, finishing the day in second place overall led by two top-10 finishers in Chloe Thackeray and Gloria Choi.

Thackeray had one of Monday’s best scores in the entire field, tying for the tournament lead by shooting an even-par 71. Choi finished one stroke behind Thackeray with a 72 (+1), good enough for a tie of third place overall with one other golfer.

Central Oklahoma, the tournament host, is leading the way after 18 holes with a 293 (+9) team score – four strokes ahead of SWOSU. Arkansas Tech’s Holly Standing is the other golfer tied with Thackeray for the individual lead.

The Dawgs will tee off tomorrow morning for the final round, looking to catch the Lady Bronchos and grab the top spot on the team leaderboard.

For Oklahoma Christian, Abigail Rigsby‘s putter kept her afloat on Monday in the opening round.

Rigsby’s solid putting resulted in three birdies and helped her shoot a 4-over-par 75 to lead Oklahoma Christian and keep the Lady Eagles in contention at The Golf Club of Edmond.

With all five players bunched within three shots of each other, the Lady Eagles posted a team score of 308 – good for fifth place, but within 15 shots of the leader, host Central Oklahoma. The Lady Eagles recorded 11 birdies as a team – second-best in the 15-team field – and will enter Tuesday’s final round only four shots out of third place.

Rigsby, a sophomore from Courtenay, British Columbia, was tied for 11th in the 88-woman field. With a 77, OC freshman Shaley Goad wasn’t far behind, tied for 18th.

Four other Lady Eagles each shot a 78 on the 5,892-yard course – Elizabeth FreemanKate GoodwinAshton Nemecek and Felicity Wittenberg, with Wittenberg playing as an individual. They all were tied for 24th.

Two other OC players are competing in the tournament as individuals – senior Chaise Lucero, who shot an 87, and freshman Taje Woods, who shot a 96.

Chloe Thackeray of Southwestern Oklahoma State and Holly Standing of Arkansas Tech held the first-round lead after shooting even-par 71.

The Lady Eagles will be grouped with Henderson State (Ark.) and Missouri Western for the final round, which will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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