SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 13) – Strong winds caused scores to soar, but Central Oklahoma still came out of first-day play with the team at the Central Region Spring Preview here Monday.
The Bronchos shot a 313 at the par-72 Rivercut Golf Course, good for a two-shot lead over Southwestern Oklahoma. Missouri Western is third in the 18-team tournament at 319, followed by Northeastern State (319) and Augustana (324).
UCO, looking to nail down its eighth tournament title in 10 tries this season, begins final-round play at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
"It was a totally different golf course today than what we played in the practice round," head coach Michael Bond said. "The wind was blowing 25 miles an hour out of the south yesterday (Sunday) and it was 25 out of the north today. We didn’t play our best, but we’re in good position and need to have a solid round tomorrow."
Freshman standout Marla Souvannasing led the Bronchos with a 2-over-par 74 that has her tied for the individual lead with Margaret Musser of Southwestern Oklahoma. Katie Bensch was the only other UCO player under 80 at 78, while Bethany Darrough shot 80, Lindsey Bensch 81 and Dnaiela Martinez 84.
The Northeastern State women’s golf team sits in fourth place. The RiverHawks posted a 33-over-par 321 in Monday’s opening round and sit eight strokes back of the lead.
Sophomore Baylee Price leads the way for the RiverHawks after posting a 3-over 75. She is locked in a tie for third place, one stroke off the lead. Junior Charter Lawson carded a 5-over 77 and is tied for fifth place. Freshman Fiona Hakanen sits in a tie for 32nd after shooting 11-over 83, while freshman Alexis Armon is tied for 59th after posting a 14-over 86. Junior Kayla Schroeder is tied for 63rd after carding a 15-over 87.
For Southern Nazarene, Marion Broedys shot a 79 and is tied for 13th. Cassidy Herbster shot n 85 and is tied for 49th while Emilee White is tied for 73rd after shooting an 89. Ashley Moore also shot a 94 and is in 80th.
The final round will be contested Tuesday.
Central Region Spring Preview – First Round Results
April 13, 2015 at Springfield, Mo.
(par-72, 5,911-yard Rivercut Golf Course)
1. Central Oklahoma 313 (+25)
2. SW Oklahoma State 315 (+27)
3. Missouri Western State 319 (+31)
4. Northeastern State 321 (+33)
5. Augustana College 324 (+36)
6. Concordia St. Paul 326 (+38)
7. Arkansas Tech 328 (+40)
T8. Lindenwood 329 (+41)
T8. Henderson State 329 (+41)
10. Upper Iowa 331 (+43)
11. Minnesota State 333 (+45)
12. Nebraska-Kearney 334 (+46)
13. St. Cloud State 336 (+48)
14. Northwest Missouri 343 (+55)
T15. Sioux Falls 347 (+59)
T15. Southern Nazarene 347 (+59)
17. Harding 362 (+74)
18. Winona State 371 (+83)
T1. Marla Souvannasing (Central Oklahoma) 74 (+2)
T1. Margaret Musser (SW Oklahoma State) 74 (+2)
T3. Baylee Price (Northeastern State) 75 (+3)
T3. Celine Lim (Missouri Western St.) 75 (+3)
T5. Sierra Langlie (Augustana) 77 (+5)
T5. Ana Summers (Nebraska-Kearney) 77 (+5)
T5. Charter Lawson (Northeastern State) 77 (+5)
T5. Emily Folsom (SW Oklahoma State) 77 (+5)