OLATHE, KAN. – The University of Central Oklahoma women’s golf team won the first tournament of the year Wednesday after shooting a two-day score of 611 at the Central Region Preview at Prairie Highlands Golf Club in Olathe, Kan.
The Bronchos shot 307 on Wednesday in the second round to finish 14 strokes ahead of Southwestern Oklahoma and Arkansas Tech. Shi Qing Ong of Missouri Western won the individual title.
Michael Bond’s team was paced by freshman Sydney Roberts.
"I couldn’t be more proud of this group and especially Sydney firing an even-par-72 and low round of the day," Bond said. "We’ve got to stay focused and carry this with us to the next tournament."
Roberts was 11-over after Tuesday’s first round, her first collegiate tournament. But she responded on day two, making a charge on her way to shooting a 155 for the tournament, which put the freshman in a tie for sixth place.
Another freshman, Anna Pool, had just as good a start to her career. Pool was tied for second in the event after the first day, when she shot a 3-over-par 72. She finished with a 77 and was tied for fourth along with Makena Mucciaccio, who like Pool, shot a 72 on day one and a 77 on day two.
Marla Souvannasing shot a second-day 81 and finished the tournament tied for 13th place at 157 (+13), and Grace Shin shot an 82 to finish tied for 22nd at 160 (+16).
The Bronchos head to Tahlequah next. UCO will play Cherry Springs Golf Course in the Northeastern State University Classic next Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13.
For SWOSUY, Jenna Eidem shot a team-best 74 in the second round to help the Lady Bulldogs move into a tie for second place with fellow Great American Conference foe Arkansas Tech.
Elin Wahlin placed third with a two-round stroke total of 151 (+7), four shots ahead of Gloria Choi, who tied for sixth at 155 (+11). Emily Folsom shot an 80 (+6) and Chloe Thackeray carded an 81 (+7) in the final round and both golfers tied for 31st.
at the tournament with a two-round total of 163 (+19) strokes.
Northeastern State finished fifth after a final round of 312 to land at 55-over-par 631 (319-312). They finished four strokes behind fourth place Augustana at 51-over 627 (306-321).
Sophomore Ebba Moberg climbed up the leaderboard on the final day to tie for sixth at 11-over 155 (79-76), while senior All-American Baylee Price tied for 13th at 13-over 157 (79-78).
Sophomore Kelsey Lumpkin tied for 22nd at 16-over 160 (82-78), and fellow sophomore Alexis Armon finished one stroke back in a tie for 27th at 17-over 161 (79-82). Sophomore Halie Wright finished up the team scoring with a T-31 effort at 19-over 163 (83-80).
NSUâ€™s annual home event – the NSU Womenâ€™s Golf Classic – will be contested Sept. 12-13 at Cherokee Springs Golf Club in Tahlequah.
NCAA Division II Central Region Fall Preview – Final Results
September 6-7, 2016 at Olathe, Kan.
(par-72, 5,901-yard Prairie Highlands Golf Club)
1. Central Oklahoma 304-307=611 (+33)
T2. Southwestern Oklahoma State 318-307=625 (+49)
Arkansas Tech 312-313=625 (+49)
4. Augustana 306-321=627 (+51)
5. Northeastern State 319-312=631 (+55)
6. Henderson State 325-318=643 (+67)
7. Central Missouri 326-323=649 (+73)
8. Missouri Western State 328-331=659 (+83)
9. St. Cloud State 328-332=660 (+84)
10. Nebraska-Kearney 336-332=668 (+92)
11. Winona State 347-324=671 (+95)
12. Concordia-St. Paul 340-333=673 (+97)
T13. Southwest Minnesota State 345-330=675 (+99)
Upper Iowa 348-327=675 (+99)
15. Southern Nazarene 340-338=678 (+102)
16. Northwest Missouri State 343-339=682 (+106)
17. Arkansas-Monticello 352-340=692 (+116)
18. Harding 369-360=729 (+153)
1. Shi Qing Ong (Missouri Western State) 76-73=149 (+5)
2. Nuchakorn Nunbhakdi (Arkansas Tech) 74-76=150 (+6)
3. Elin Wahlin (Southwestern Oklahoma State) 75-76=151 (+7)
T4. Makena Mucciaccio (Central Oklahoma) 75-77=152 (+8)
Anna Pool (Central Oklahoma) 75-77=152 (+8)