Host Stars grab lead in Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at Lincoln Park

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Photo: McKenzie McCoy stood two shots off the pace Monday.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University owned the first-round lead in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

The Stars, ranked 17th in NAIA women’s golf, compiled a seven-shot advantage. McKenzie McCoy, a sophomore from Beggs, Okla., paced OCU by tying for third place individually.

OCU posted a 295 to land in front of 11th-ranked Texas Wesleyan, which was second with a 302, and 16th-rated William Penn (Iowa), in third place with a 310 on the par-72, 5,900-yard course.

McCoy shot a 39-34–73 to sit two strokes behind individual leader Brooke Irion of Murray State. McCoy made birdies on the par-4, 315-yard third hole, par-3, 145-yard 12th hole and par-4, 318-yard 18th hole.

The Stars’ Melissa EldredgeNatalie Gough and Lauryn Pritchard each shot top-five scores. Eldredge, a junior from Eufaula, Okla., produced a 40-34–74. Eldredge converted birdie chances on the par-4, 321-yard 14th hole, par-5, 480-yard 16th hole and No. 18.

Gough, a freshman from Bixby, Okla., supplied OCU with a 41-33–74. Gough sank birdies on the 16th and 18th holes. Pritchard, a freshman from Allen, Texas, tallied a 38-36–74 with a birdie on the par-5, 451-yard fifth hole.

Lauren Behnken, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., turned in a 40-36–76 while burying birdies on Nos. 5, 12 and 18.

The Stars fielded another team, which shot 318 to stand in seventh place. Loren Matrone, a sophomore from Frisco, Texas, provided OCU with a 41-36–77 with a birdie on the par-4, 352-yard 17th hole.

Arianna Medina, a sophomore from Phoenix, picked up a 41-37–78 and knocked in birdies on the par-4, 315-yard fourth, par-5, 503-yard 13th and par-4, 321-yard 14th holes.

Rachel Eckert, a freshman from Bixby, Okla., put together a 44-36–80 with one birdie on No. 13, while Clair Hill, a sophomore from Gig Harbor, Wash., carded a 42-41–83 for the Stars. Regan McQuaid, a senior from Tulsa, Okla., had a 48-37–85 with a birdie on No. 17.

The temperature reached the upper 70s, while the wind blew between 10-15 mph with gusts up to 18 mph.
The tournament concludes at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with the final 18 holes.


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