Home team takes second in ORU Shootout, Oklahoma Christian eighth

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Photo: OC sophomore Abigail Rigsby posted her 12th career top-20 finish.

Full Results: ORU Shootout – Final

TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts women’s golf team earned its second runner-up finish in as many tournaments as the Golden Eagles shot 300 in the final round of the ORU Shootout, presented by Mark Allen Auto Group Monday at Meadowbrook Country Club to finish second at 900 (298-302-300).

Lamar overcame a tough start and finished the tournament at 896 (309-294-293) to win the team championship. Verena Gimmy of Missouri State won the individual championship by four shots with a 54-hole score of 214 (70-70-74).

ORU had five golfers inside the top 30 in the individual standings. Kennedy Ishee finished tied for fourth individually, her first top five finish of the year. Ishee and Rebecca Hnidka have each finished in the top five this season, each finishing fourth in their respective tournaments.

ORU took second in its home tournament for the second year in a row.

Led by steady Abigail Rigsby, Oklahoma Christian beat eight NCAA Division I teams in the ORU Shootout.

OC, one of only two non-Division I teams in the field, finished eighth out of 17 squads in the tournament. Playing in the rain, the Lady Eagles posted a team score of 310 in the final round to close at 924 for the three-round event, 28 shots behind the team winner, Lamar.

The Division I teams defeated by the Lady Eagles included Louisiana-Monroe, Northern Iowa, Missouri State, Incarnate Word, McNeese State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Arlington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Rigsby, a sophomore from Courtenay, British Columbia, shot a 4-over-par 76 on the 6,085-yard course to tie for 12th in the 90-woman field at 8-over 224. That matched the ninth-best 54-hole score in relation to par in OC history and the top-20 finish was Rigsby’s 12th in the 14 collegiate events in which she has played.

Also shooting a 76 on Tuesday was OC junior Elizabeth Freeman. That left her at 232 for the tournament, tied for 30th. Another junior, Kate Goodwin, had OC’s top round Tuesday, a 1-over 73, and that lifted her into a tie for 36th at 233.

Freshman Shaley Goad (86) tied for 53rd at 237, while freshman Felicity Wittenberg (85) was 84th at 247. Playing as an individual, OC sophomore Ashton Nemecek(78) tied for 78th at 244.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action next Monday and Tuesday, competing in the UCO RCB Classic, to be hosted by Central Oklahoma at The Golf Club of Edmond (formerly Fairfax Golf Club).

ORU Individual Results
T4 – Kennedy Ishee – 75-71-74—220
14 – Rebecca Hnidka – 76-73-77—226
T17 – Annie Lacombe – 78-78-72—228
T30 – Natalie Mattison – 74-80-78—232
T30 – Beatriz Garcia – 73-82-77—232
89 – Linda Huang – 94-86-95—275

Team Results
1 – Lamar – 309-294-293—896
2 – ORU – 298-302-300—900
3 – Arkansas State – 299-307-300—906
4 – Wichita State – 310-299-302—911
5 – UTEP – 300-304-308—912
6 – Utah Valley – 306-302-3111—919
7 – Houston Baptist – 312-306-305—923
8 – Oklahoma Christian – 307-307-210—924
9 – Louisiana Monroe – 310-308-308—926
10 – Northern Iowa – 303-314-310—927
11 – Missouri State – 316-3111-301—928
12 – Incarnate Word – 315-310-309—934
13 – McLennan CC – 308-306-322-936
14 – McNeese – 308-304-326—938
15 – Stephen F. Austin – 317-310-313—940
16 – UT Arlington – 317-306-319—942
17 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 310-319-314—943


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