Green takes second as RSU women win Natural State Classic
CABOT, Ark. – Led by Jessica Green’s runnup-up finish, No. 14 Rogers State women’s golf won the Natural State Classic at Cypress Creek Golf Course by eight shots over Central Missouri after posting identical rounds of 301 Mondy and Tuesday.
“I am extremely proud of the team and their performance this week,” said head coach Whitney Hocutt. “They have been capable of this, and put two great rounds together. The greens were tough and the ladies mentally overcame this obstacle. Everyone fought for every shot and minimized mistakes, which we have been working hard to do. I am very proud of them and cannot wait to see them compete the rest of the season. Overall, this was a great week as a team. Thank you to Cypress Creek and Harding University for hosting this week.”
Green shot rounds of 74-72 to finish at 2-over 146, a shot behind winner Lynn Thornqvist of Missouri-St. Louis, who was playing unattached. Green’s teammate Lydia Sitorus was two shots behind in third at 148 after rounds of 72-76. RSU’s Kristin Gudmundsdottir, playing individually, placed fifth at 151.
“Senior Jess Green came in and played great for two rounds,” Hocutt continued. “We also had two freshmen, Lydia & Kristin, step up and place third and fifth. Marelda and Raquel also had great rounds this week. They each fought hard and kept a good score together for the team. Jaelynn came in this week and played great. Ellen also fought hard and played well this week.”
Marelda Ayal and Raquel Flores finished in a group of six tied at 16th with performances of 156 (+12). Jaelynn Unger rounded out the group in a four-way tie for 25th after shooting 158 (+14).
The Hillcats will be back in action on Monday, March 14 as they return home to host the Hillcat Classic in Owasso, Okla. at Bailey Ranch Golf Club.