UCO leads at Gaillardia, state teams in action, College golf roundup

UCO men lead Broncho Invitational by six shots

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 31) — Eric Kline has a share of the individual lead and Central Oklahoma owns a six-shot advantage in the team race after opening-day play at the Broncho Invitational by RCB Bank here Monday.

The Bronchos finished two trips around the 7,283-yard, par-72 Gaillardia Country Club with a 587 total, shooting 291-296 in the long day that featured windy conditions throughout.  Central Missouri is second in the 12-team field at 593, followed by Northeastern State (602), Nebraska-Kearney (612) and Lindenwood (615).

Kline led UCO with rounds of 70-73 for a one-under-par 143 that has him tied for medalist honors with NSU’s Brad Hager heading into Tuesday’s final round.

The Bronchos have two other players in the top 10, with Logan Gray sitting third at even-par 144 after shooting 73-71 while Joby Gray is tied for seventh at 74-75=149.

UCO also got rounds of 74-78 from Matt Helms and 75-77 from Russ Purser.  Landon Morgan (77-72) and Chris Muriana (79-77) competed as individual medalists, with Morgan tied for seventh.

Kline birdied four of his first six holes during the morning round to get off to a four-under start before giving two shots back with a double bogey on the par-4 seventh hole. He followed with two pars to make the turn at two-under 34, then had seven pars, a bogey and a birdie for a back-nine 36.

The sophomore used a birdie on the 245-yard, par-3 ninth hole to make the turn at one-under 35 in the afternoon and then came in with a two-over 38 for the 73 that left him tied for the lead.

Logan Gray played his last 26 holes of the day four-under-par to make up for a tough start.

He shot an opening-nine 39 and then bogeyed the 10th hole to fall to four over before getting an eagle on the par-5 14th and finishing the last eight holes three under for an opening 73.

Gray continued his strong play in the afternoon, making 16 straight pars before getting a birdie on the par-4 17th and then closing with a par for the one-under 71.

OCU in seventh place in Houston Baptist Invitational

MISSOURI CITY, Texas – Oklahoma City University shot 326-319–645 and sits in seventh place after two rounds of play Monday in the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational at the Riverbend Country Club.

OCU, ranked No. 2 in NAIA women’s golf, rolled in 11 birdies on the par-72, 6,084-yard course and finished ahead of five NCAA Division I squads. The Stars trailed co-leaders Louisiana-Monroe, Lamar and Central Arkansas by 26 shots.

Senior Elia Folch, of Barcelona, Spain, carded 77-78–155 and finished the second round in 13th place. Folch is tied for the lead in par-4 scoring through two rounds of play.

The freshmen duo of Caroline Goodin and Anna Mikish tied for 37th after the first two rounds of action. Goodin, of Oklahoma City, shot 81-83–164 while Mikish, of Choctaw, Okla., carded 85-79–164.

Kailey Campbell, a freshman from Oktaha, Okla., shot 88-79–167 and freshman Katie-Lee Wilson, of Owasso, Okla., carded 83-86–169. Sophomore Abby Thompson, of Edmond, Okla., shot 88-86–174 while playing as an individual.

OCU will return to action in the third and final round of the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational Tuesday at Riverbend Country Club in Missouri City, Texas. 

UCO women in third in National State Golf Classic

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (March 31) — Central Oklahoma used a back-nine rally to get back in the team race and is in third place after first-day action at the Natural State Golf Classic here Monday.

The Bronchos shot an opening 318 at the par-71 Red Apple Country Club and trails leader Henderson State by eight strokes going into Tuesday’s final round. Arkansas Tech is second in the 13-team tourney at 317, with Rogers State (323) fourth and Southern Nazarene (340) fifth.

UCO players begin teeing off at 9:10 a.m. in Tuesday’s final round. 

"We got off to a terrible start and really put ourselves in a big hole," head coach Michael Bond said. "I thought we did a good job getting some shots back coming in and we at least gave ourselves a chance tomorrow."

June Tigert led UCO with a six-over-par 77 that has her sixth in the individual standings. She was the only Broncho not to improve her back-nine score by at least five shots and was even-par through 13 holes before going six over the final five holes.

The Bronchos also got a 79 from Bethany Darrough, while Taylor Neidy and Aly Seng both shot 81 and Lindsey Bensch 85.

Darrough, tied for eighth in the individual race, carved five shots off her front-nine score with a closing 37, while Seng and Taylor both shot 43-38 for the 81s that has them tied for 12th.

Rogers State freshman Kina Boone carded a career-low, 1-over-par 72 leading the field after the first round pushing the Rogers State women’s golf team to fourth place. 

The Choctaw, Okla., native improved on her previous best of 74 from her collegiate debut round Sept. 16 at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic to take a two-shot lead into the final round in the 66-player field. Boone recorded pars on 11 of the final 12 holes, including an even-par back nine, with a birdie on the ninth breaking the par stretch.
 
Raquel Trevino used a birdie on the 18th hole to break 80 firing a round-one 79 earning a spot in a tie for eighth on the 6,006-yard course.
 
Whitney Hocutt and Chelsea Burney struggled on the front side but bounced back with improved scores on the back nine posting matching scores of 86 to tie for 21st. Hocutt tallied the tournament’s lone eagle coming on the par-five 11th hole.
 
Michelle Tierney closed the day for the Hillcats registering an 87 and a tie for 26th overall.
 
ORU 15 back in third in Wallace Jones Invitational

CALHOUN, La. – With the third best single round of the tournament, the Oral Roberts men’s golf team finished day one of the ULM Wallace Jones Invitational in third place with a 36-hole score of 601 (303-298). The hosts from Louisiana-Monroe lead the team race after finishing the day at 586 (300-286).
 
Scott Newell’s even-par day (72-72–144) put him in second place overall, three shots off the individual lead, while Anthony Skirk and Parker Dolezal each shot 75s in the second round to aid their causes. Skirk finished the day tied for 19th at 152 (77-75) while Dolezal sits two shots back of his teammate in a tie for 24th at 154 (79-75).
 
David Holtgrewe shot 156 (75-81) to finish the day tied for 34th and Will Paulsell improved five shots in round two to move into a tie for 38th at 157 (81-76).
 
The third and final round from Southern Pines Golf Club will be contested on Tuesday morning.
 
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Team Standings
1 – Louisiana-Monroe – 300-286–586
2 – UALR – 291-301–592
3 – Oral Roberts – 303-298–601
4 – Abilene Christian – 307-302–609
5 – New Orleans – 310-300–610
6 – Nicholls State – 305-306–611
7 – Omaha – 308-311–619
8 – Louisiana-Monroe (B) – 315-306–621
T9 – Texas-Pan American – 310-312–622
T9 – Western Texas CC – 314-308–622
11 – Arkansas-Montecello – 317-307–624
12 – Jackson State – 310-318–628
13 – Belhaven – 327-305–632
14 – North Dakota – 320-323–643
 
ORU Finishers
2 – Scott Newell – 72-72–144
T19 – Anthony Skirk – 77-75–152
T24 – Parker Dolezal – 79-75–154
T34 – David Holtgrewe – 75-81–156
T38 – Will Paulsell – 81-76–157 

NSU is fifth in Argonaut Invitational

PACE, Fla. – The No. 22- ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team sits in fifth after opening rounds of the Argonaut Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida at the Par-72, 6,022-yard Stonebrook Golf Club.

The RiverHawks ended day one with a 660 overall score moving into Tuesday’s final round.

NSU finished 16 strokes behind third place West Georgia (644) and fourth place Limestone College (644).

The host team, No. 10-ranked West Florida, currently sits in first place with a 612 score followed by No. 14-ranked Saint Leo University with 640 in second.

Freshman Baylee Price leads Northeastern State 19-over par 163 (83,80) to currently sit tied for 15th while junior Brooke Allison, one stroke behind Price, sits tied for 17th with a 20-over 164 (83,81).

Junior Arizona Chin carded a 166 (83,83) to sit in 21st. Freshman Sofia Castiello sits one stroke behind Chin after shooting 167 (87,80) to tie 22nd.

Sophomore Kayla Schroeder is tied for 34th after a day one score of 181.

Daisy-May Kenny of West Florida leads the tournament with a 7-over score of 151.

The final round will be played on Tuesday with an 8:15 a.m. start.

Oklahoma Christian women are second at Horseshoe Bay

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (March 31, 2014) – A difficult finish only put a slight damper on what otherwise was a solid first round for Oklahoma Christian’s women’s golf team in the Southwest Classic on Monday at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Apple Rock Golf Club.

Led by India Matthews and Dana Todd – who stood first and third in the individual race – the Lady Eagles posted a team score of 315, placing them second in a stacked nine-team field that includes three NCAA Division II top-20 teams and two others that are receiving votes in the national coaches’ poll.

OC – which is unranked and not receiving votes – will enter Tuesday’s final round seven shots back of No. 3-ranked Tarleton State (Texas) and two shots ahead of No. 20 Midwestern State (Texas) and Newman (Kan.), which is one spot outside the Division II top 25. OC has an eight-shot lead over the tournament’s host, No. 16 Dallas Baptist (Texas).

The Lady Eagles led the tournament for most of Monday before struggling on the last two holes, playing No. 17 and No. 18 on the par-72, 6,057-yard course in a combined 10-over-par and falling behind Tarleton State.

Matthews, a freshman, shot a 73 to lead the field, recording four birdies in a span of eight holes in one stretch.

Todd – another freshman who’s been the Lady Eagles’ No. 5 player – was the big surprise, overcoming a pair of double bogeys to put herself in contention with a 75. She eagled the 513-yard No. 10 (one of only four eagles recorded among the 45-woman field) and had two birdies in a round that was the best of her young college career.

Audrey Meisch spent much of the day in the top 10 before finishing with an 81 to stand in a tie for 17th. OC’s usual No. 1 player, Anna Arrese Cortadellas, was tied for 28th after posting an 86 and will have work to do Tuesday to avoid finishing outside the top 10 for what would be the first time in 24 college tournaments.

Allison Sell, another OC freshman, was tied for 34th after shooting an 89.

Oklahoma Christian men take lead into final round in Palm Desert

PALM DESERT, Calif. (March 31, 2014) – After a pair of disappointing finishes to open the spring golf season, Oklahoma Christian is back contending for a tournament title.

With four players among the top seven, OC held a one-shot lead over Colorado Christian in what turned into a two-team race on the opening day of the Dr. Troy Bledsoe Skyhawk Classic Club Shootout on Monday.

OC posted team rounds of 303 and 310 on the par-72, 6,896-yard course at The Classic Club and the Eagles’ team score of 613 was one shot better than Colorado Christian. The next-closest squad in the six-team field, Colorado Mesa, was 42 shots behind OC and tournament host Fort Lewis (Colo.) was fourth, another eight shots back.

OC sophomore Sam Johnston shot rounds of 72 and 75 and stood at 3-over-par 147, one shot ahead of Minkyu Jeon of Colorado Christian and two shots ahead of CCU’s Andrew Kennedy in what looked to be a three-man race for medalist honors.

In fourth was OC senior Johnny Ellis, who posted rounds of 75 and 78 and was at 153. Three shots behind Ellis, tied for fifth, was OC’s Trey Payne, who had rounds of 79 and 77. Another OC player, Alasdair Dalgliesh, was seventh in the 34-man field at 159 after shooting a 77 and an 82.

OC’s No. 5 player, freshman Ryan Evans, was tied for 25th at 171, shooting a 91 in the opening round before improving 11 shots and firing a second-round 80.

The final round will be played on Tuesday.

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