Choi, SWOSU prevail in Diffee Ford Invite at Kickingbird

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EDMOND, Okla. – Southwestern Oklahoma State swept the competition at the Diffee Ford Lincoln Invitational at Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond,  with all five individuals placing in the top five led by individual winner Gloria Choi.

Choi finished the event in first place after going 1-under par, firing a 3-under 67 followed by a 2-over 72 in the second round. Choi’s impressive performance helped lead the Bulldogs to a total par of 19-over with Southern Nazarene next at 46-over.

Chloe Thackeray took second at 145 after rounds of 72-73. Veronika de Bochdanovits shot 71-76 and tied for third at 147, while Elin Wahlin and Jenna Eidem tied for fifth place at 149.

SWOSU heads to Miami, Florida to compete at the Barry Women’s Invitational hosted by the Don Shula Resort on March 25-26.

Southern Nazarene recorded its bestt finish in a tournament since the 2013-14 season, as the women’s team came in second at the 2019 Diffee Ford Lincoln Invitational.

SNU had four players finish inside the top-20 and three finish inside the top-10 as head coach Derrick Taylor was pleased with the performance of his team the last two days.

Bailey Blake led the way for SNU as the junior had her best finish of the season with a fourth place finish. She shot a final round of 74 and finished the tournament with a couple of birdies and a tournament-high 25 pars.

Emilie Jackson and Sarah Rovenstine each had their first top-10 finishes of the season as Jackson finished tied for seventh, while Rovenstine finished ninth. Jackson shot a final round 83 and Rovenstine carded a 78 which included a hole-out eagle from 190 yards out.

Rounding out the Storm lineup was Kaylee Petersen who finished 13th with a final round 78, and a 23rd place finish from Heidi Stafford who also carded a 78 on Tuesday. Carina Hernandez competed as an individual for SNU and she finished 43rd with her two-round total of 179.

Oklahoma Christian’s Felicity Wittenberg moved up 11 spots into a tie for 11th individually. Wittenberg, a sophomore from West Pymble, Australia, started the day tied for 22nd in the 52-woman field, but shot a 6-over-par 76 to move into 11th with a two-round score of 157. That made her the highest finisher among those golfers playing the tournament as individuals.

It was the second-highest individual finish of Wittenberg’s collegiate career, topped only by a ninth-place showing last spring in Rogers State’s Hillcat Classic at Bailey Ranch Golf Club in Owasso.

OC freshman Sarah Harrison of Edmond also moved up on the tournament’s final day, jumping from 46th to 41st place by shooting an 85 that put her at 177 overall. A third OC player in the tournament, sophomore Taje Woods of Mustang, withdrew Tuesday.

Rachel Eckert and Arianna Medina from Oklahoma City University tied for 20th place. Eckert, a freshman from Bixby,  compiled an 80-80–160 and dropped in three birdies. Medina, a sophomore from Phoenix, collected an 81-79–160 and made par on 18 holes.

Clair Hill, a sophomore from Gig Harbor, Wash., turned in an 85-83–168, and Loren Matrone, a sophomore from Frisco, Texas, shot 86-85–171.

All four Stars played as individuals in the tournament.


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