AXTELL, Neb. – Sophomore Raquel Flores set a new school record with a 6-under par 66 on day two of the MIAA Fall Preview at Awarii Dunes to lead the way for Rogers State, which broke a team record, as both Flores and the Hillcats climbed the leaderboard to finish in second place.
Flores set a new school record for the best individual round in Rogers State history, breaking the previous mark of 3-under previously held by Jess Whitting and Mica Eastin (twice). Flores’s previous best round at the collegiate level was a 1-under-par round of 72 last season.
Flores, who was +5 to start the day, jumped 14 spots in the round to finish second overall at -1 for the 36-hole tournament with a score of 143. Her 36-hole tournament score also tied for the fourth best tournament in school history for the Hillcats and broke her previous collegiate best of 154 by 11 shots.
Flores was one of four Hillcats to improve on day two of the event, helping Rogers State shoot a team score of 1-under par at 287. The round of 287 broke the team record for an individual round in school history by four shots. The previous best round was a 3-over round of 291 in the third round of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on September 16, 2014.
Also for RSU, Jessica Green shot 72 to finish in 11th overall. Senior Sydney Murray, shot 73 and climbed 13 spots on the leaderboard to finish in 20th overall. Marybeth Bellnap shot 76 and finished 23rd.
The Bronchos shot a final-round 301 to finish two trips around the 5,845-yard, par-72 Awarii Dunes Golf Club with a 606 total.
“We left a lot of shots out there today, but overall it was a pretty good tournament for us,” head coach Michael Bond said. “Madison played great and Susana was solid once again.”
The Bronchos are home next week, hosting the UCO Classic Monday and Tuesday at the Golf Club of Edmond.
NSU finished the MIAA Fall Preview tied for sixth place with Missouri Western, shooting 621 (313-308). The RiverHawks were led by Kaylee Petersen, who finished tied for 20th with a score of 153 (75-78). Nina Lee finished in 25th with a score of 155 (80-75). Kelly Swanson finished tied for 26th carding a 156 (78-78). Aitana Hernandez was tied for 35th at 159 (82-77) while Karlei Hemler rounded out the RiverHawks contingent in 50th place with a score of 167 (80-87).
Lexi Hanson from Sioux Falls won the individual tournament with a score of 141 (74-67). She finished two strokes ahead of Raquel Flores of Rogers State, who finished with a score of 143 (77-66).