RSU’s Eastin in third, OC’s Goodwin tied for fourth in Heartland Conference Championship

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HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 23, 2018) – With another stellar round, Oklahoma Christian’s Kate Goodwin made a step up the leaderboard on Monday at the Heartland Conference Championship.

Goodwin, a junior from Tulsa, fired a 1-over-par 73 at Slick Rock Golf Course and is at even-par 144 through two rounds. She will enter Tuesday’s final round in a four-way tie for third behind a pair of golfers from Dallas Baptist (Texas), Evelyn Arguelles (139) and Ann Parmerter (141).

Not surprisingly, Dallas Baptist began pulling away in the team race, shooting 7-under 281 as a team. At 571, the Patriots are 19 shots ahead of another NCAA Division II power, St. Mary’s (Texas). Rogers State is in third place.

OC is in sixth in the nine-team tournament at 614 and trails fifth-place Newman (Kan.) by seven shots. The Lady Eagles’ team score of 304 was a six-shot improvement over their first round on Sunday.

Goodwin showed a fighter’s spirit on Monday after a stretch of three bogeys in four holes. She was 2-over for her round after 10 holes, but rebounded with birdies at the par-5 No. 12 and par-4 No. 15 before closing with a bogey at No. 18. Her seven birdies through two rounds ranks her sixth among the 44 players in the field.

Also shooting a 73 on the 5,943-yard course Monday was OC freshman Shaley Goad, who like Goodwin posted three birdies. Goad’s round moved her into a tie for 16th at 141.

OC junior Elizabeth Freeman is tied for 27th at 158 after posting an 81 on Monday. Sophomore Ashton Nemececk (78) is tied for 34th at 163, while freshman Felicity Wittenberg (80) at 36th at 164.

The final round will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Rogers State fell back one spot to third after the second round for a total score of 596 at the Heartland Conference Championship. The Hillcats posted a team score of 303 with go with the 293 shot yesterday.

Senior Mica Eastin moved up one spot in the individual standings to third overall with her second round score of 1-over-par 73. Paired with her opening round total of 1-under-par 71 yesterday, the senior is even at 144 through 36 holes.

Jess Whitting dropped back to 10th overall as she put together a round of 6-over-par 78 in today’s second round. Combined with a 2-under-par 70 from yesterday, the redshirt freshman is at 4-over-par 148 after 36 holes. Junior Alex Massie ranks 16th in the field after a round of 4-over-par 76. Sophomore Mariana Flores matched Massie with a score of 4-over-par 76 in today’s second round. Flores ranks 22nd overall at 9-over-par 153 after 36 holes.

Sydney Murray sits in 27th with her two-round score of 14-over-par 158.

Evelyn Arguelles of Dallas Baptist University continues to hold the individual lead at 5-under-par 139. She finished with a score of 2-under-par 70 today. Her teammate Ann Parmerter is second at 3-under-par 141.

DBU is first in the team standings at 571. The Patriots have a 19-shot edge over second place St. Mary’s (590). The Cats rank third at 596 with St. Edward’s right behind at 597.

The Heartland Conference Championship final round is tomorrow (April 24) at Slick Rock GC at Horseshoe Bay. Live scoring will be available.



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