LAKE ELMO, Minn. (May 6) – Central Oklahoma and Taylor Neidy polished off a pair of dominating performances at the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Tournament here Tuesday.
The Bronchos rolled to a 29-stroke victory in claiming their second straight regional crown and punching their ticket to the national tournament, while Neidy overwhelmed the field with an uncanny 13-shot win in the individual race.
UCO closed with a 301 under windy conditions and finished the three-day, 54-hole tourney with a 903 total at the par-72 Tartan Park Golf Club. Southwestern Oklahoma was a distant second at 932 and Arkansas Tech was third at 935 as those three teams advanced to the national tournament, set for May 14-17 in Conover, N.C.
Neidy capped an impressive tournament with a 2-under-par 70 and ended with a 2-under 214 total in cruising to medalist honors. The Bronchos also got a 76 from June Tigert, while Bethany Darrough shot 77, Katie Bensch 78 and Aly Seng 85.
"The course played tough with the way the wind was blowing, but we played solid all day and finished it off the right way," head coach Michael Bond said. "Taylor was unbelievable all three days and especially the way she finished it off.
"We’re excited about winning the regional and are looking forward to seeing what we can do at the national tournament."
Neidy, who opened the tournament with back-to-back even-par 72s, had three birdies on the front nine in making the turn at two-under 34. The Clinton senior got it to three-under with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole and made one more birdie against two bogeys the rest of the way in coming in with an even-par 36.
Tigert had a birdie and two bogeys in a front-nine 37 before finishing with a 39 for the 76 that left here tied for fourth in the individual standings at 230.
Darrough tied for seventh at 231 and Bensch tied for 13th at 234.
The Northeastern State women’s golf team finished sixth after Tuesday’s final round. Freshman Baylee Price led the RiverHawks after shooting a 73 in the final round. She finished tied for fourth and will advance on as an individual to the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships.
Junior Arizona Chin carded a final round score of 85 and tied for 21st while Junior Brooke Allison shot an 84 and finished tied for 33rd.
NCAA Central Region Championship- Second Day Results
May 6, 2014 at Lake Elmo, Minn.
(par-72,6,032 yard Tartan Golf Club)
1. #13 Central Oklahoma 300-302-301=903(+39)
2. (RV) Southwestern Oklahoma State 317-305-310=932(+68)
3. #16 Arkansas Tech 300-319-316=935(+71)
4. Henderson State 303-314-325=942(+78)
5. #24 Augustana College-SD 308-309-326=943(+79)
6. (RV) Northeastern State 304-323-324=951(+87)
7. Concordia St. Paul 323-323-317=963(+99)
8. Minnesota State 332-318-318=968(+104)
9. Lindenwood 318-334-332=984(+120)
1. Taylor Neidy (Central Oklahoma) 72-72-70=214(-2)
2. Ana Gomez (Southwestern Oklahoma State) 75-78-74=227(+11)
3. Taylor Kline (Arkansas Tech) 73-81-75=229(+13)
T4. Baylee Price (Northeastern State) 74-83-73=230(+14)
Rebecka Surtevall (Arkansas Tech) 71-77-82=230(+14)
June Tigert (Central Oklahoma) 79-75-76=230(+14)
UCO men move up to sixth, need strong final round
EUREKA, Mo. (May 6) – Matt Helms led the way in the second round of the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Regional Tournament here Tuesday as Central Oklahoma moved up one spot in the team standings.
Helms’ 74 was the low score of the day for the Bronchos, who fired a second-round 300 at the 7,120-yard, par-72 Fox Run Golf Club.
UCO is tied with Grand Valley State for sixth place in the 20-team field at 598, trailing Malone (590), Central Missouri (591), Lindenwood (592), Missouri-St. Louis (592) and Tiffin (597).
The top five teams and low three individuals not on those teams advance to the national tournament, set for May 20-23 in Allendale, Mich.
UCO got a 74 from Helms in addition to 75s from Russ Purser and Joby Gray, while Eric Kline shot 76 and Logan Gray 82.
Kline is tied for sixth in the individual standings at one-over-par 145.