UCO, NSU, SWOSU battling it out in NSU Invitational

Ebba Moberg

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.  — The University of Central Oklahoma women’s golf team is in first place after the first day of action in the Northeastern State Classic at Cherry Springs Golf Club in Tahlequah.

The Bronchos shot a 297, one stroke better than the host school, Northeastern. The two schools were the only two of 18 programs to shoot under 300.

“We didn’t start off strong as a whole, but settled down and put together a very solid back nine,” head coach Michael Bond said. “I think we shot 2-over par on the back, and in gusty winds, that’s pleasing. We have to get out of the gate and play well tomorrow in order to win.”

NSU’s Ebba Moberg is in first place individually after shooting a 1-under 71. But Central Oklahoma’s Marla Souvannasing is only one stroke back at 72, par for the course.

Anna Pool and Makena Mucciaccioa both shot a 2-over 74 to settle into a four-way tie for fourth. Sydney Roberts shot a 77 and is tied for 11th while Grace Shin’s 81 put her in a tie for 34th.

The tournament continues with a final round Tuesday. Central Oklahoma tees off at 9:30 a.m. and is grouped with Northeastern State and Southwestern, who is in third place.

Northeastern State sits one back of the lead after Monday’s first round. The RiverHawks fired a 10-over-par 298 to land a stroke shy of overnight leader Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos shot 9-over 297.

NSU sophomore Ebba Moberg was the lone player in the field to shoot under par, as she fired a 1-under 71. Senior Baylee Price and UCO’s Marla Souvannasing are tied for second at even-par 72.

Sophomore Halie Wright sits T-8 at 4-over 76, while fellow sophomore Alexis Armon is tied for 21st at 7-over 79. Sophomore Kelsey Lumpkin rounded out the team score with a T-61 effort at 14-over 86.

Junior Fiona Hakanen and sophomore Kennedy Hudson are both playing as individuals. Hakanen is tied for 34th at 9-over 81, while Hudson sits solo 96th at 32-over 104.

The RiverHawks will begin teeing off in Tuesday’s final round at 9:30 a.m.

18th Annual NSU Women’s Golf Classic – First Round Results

September 12-13, 2016 at Tahlequah, Okla.

(par-72, 5,927-yard Cherokee Springs Golf Club)

Team Standings

1.        Central Oklahoma                             297 (+9)

2.       Northeastern State                         298 (+10)

3.        Southwestern Oklahoma State        309 (+21)

4.        Oklahoma Christian                          313 (+25)

T5.     Rogers State                                      314 (+26)

           Missouri Western State                    314 (+26)

7.        Arkansas-Fort Smith                         321 (+33)

8.        Henderson State                               323 (+35)

9.        Newman                                             324 (+36)

T10.   Southern Nazarene                           329 (+41)

           Cameron                                            329 (+41)

12.     Oklahoma Baptist                              332 (+44)

13.     Harding                                              339 (+51)

14.     Southern Arkansas                           341 (+53)

T15.   Northwestern Oklahoma State        343 (+55)

           Fort Hays State                                  343 (+55)

17.     Southwest Baptist                             363 (+75)

18.     Lincoln                                               376 (+88)

Top-5 Standings

1.       Ebba Moberg (Northeastern State)       71 (-1)

T2.     Baylee Price (Northeastern State)         72 (E)

           Marla Souvannasing (Central Oklahoma)  72 (E)

T4.     Shi Qing Ong (Missouri Western State)      74 (+2)

           Gloria Choi (Southwestern Oklahoma State)           74 (+2)

           Anna Pool (Central Oklahoma)                    74 (+2)

           Makena Mucciaccio (Central Oklahoma)    74 (+2)

NSU Individuals

1.        Ebba Moberg                                     71 (-1)

T2.     Baylee Price                                       72 (E)

T8.     Halie Wright                                      76 (+4)

T21.   Alexis Armon                                     79 (+7)

T34.   Fiona Hakanen*                                81 (+9)

T61.   Kelsey Lumpkin                                 86 (+14)

96.     Kennedy Hudson*                             104 (+32)

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