Choi, SWOSU lead UCO Classic at Golf Club of Edmond

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EDMOND – Gloria Choi and Emily Folsom are at the top of the leaderboard after rounds of 1-under 70 and 71 respectively, helping Southwestern OSU to a three-shot lead after the first round of the UCO Classic at The Golf Club of Edmond.

At 14-over 298, the Lady Bulldogs were the only team to break 300 Monday and have a three-shot lead over Arkansas Tech. Other Oklahoma teams in the hunt are host Central Oklahoma in fourth, Northeastern State in fifth, Oklahoma Christian sixth and Cameron seventh.

NSU’s Baylee Price shot 72 and is tied for third in the individual race with Nuchakorn Nunbhkadi of Arkansas Tech.

Also for SWOSU, Elin Wahlin is tied for 20th at 78, Jenna Eidem shot 79 and Chloe Thackeray came in with an 81.

For UCO, Ana Pool’s 3-over-74 was the low score. Pool, a freshman, is tied for seventh place in the individual race. Marla Souvannasing shot 77 and is tied for 15th place. Makena Mucciaccio and Grace Shin shot 79.

Teams will begin Tuesday’s final round with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

For Oklahoma Christian, freshman Abigail Rigsby is establishing herself as a weekly threat.

The Courtenay, British Columbia, product shot 73 and was tied for fifth after the opening round. As a team, OC was sixth out of 16 squads, posting a team score of 312. The Lady Eagles remained on the fringe of contention, 14 shots behind the leader, Southwestern Oklahoma State. 

Rigsby, who finished in the top 20 in OC’s two previous tournaments this fall, played a steady round on Monday, posting 16 pars (including 14 straight to start her round) and only two bogeys. She trailed Choi by three shots heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Also in the top 20 in the 90-woman field was OC sophomore Kate Goodwin, whose roller-coaster round of 77 on the 5,889-yard course included four birdies and nine bogeys. The reigning Heartland Conference player of the week was tied for 15th.

OC senior Allison Sell and sophomore Elizabeth Freeman were tied for 36th after each shot an 81, and freshman Ashton Nemececk was 80th after firing a 91.

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