Moody, Eldredge lead OCU to victory in Ottawa-Arizona Invite

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LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Oklahoma City University women’s golf notched its first victory and had Savannah Moody earn her first individual title of the season Tuesday afternoon in the Ottawa-Arizona Spring Invitational at the Wigwam Golf Resort.

Moody, a senior from Aledo, Texas, turned in a final round 79 to finish with a 76-77-79–232, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher and teammate Melissa Eldredge. OCU, ranked 13th in the NAIA, rounded out the tournament with a 314-322-318–954 to beat runner-up and twelfth-ranked Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) by five strokes.

The first-place standing was Moody’s second consecutive top-two finish. She took runner-up in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Oct. 17. Eldredge, a sophomore from Eufaula, Okla., posted a 75-83-77–235 for her second-straight top-three finish.

Regan McQuaid, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., finished tied for fifth after shooting an 80-81-79–240. OCU’s Loren Matrone, who played the tournament as an individual, ended in a tie for seventh with an 80-86-82–248.

The Stars’ Emma Allen and Arianna Medina each finished tied for 11th. Allen, a senior from Broken Arrow, Okla., turned in an 86-81-83–250 and Medina, a freshman from Phoenix, posted an 83-84-83–250. Both Allen and Medina placed inside the top 15 for the first time this year.

Also competing as individuals for Oklahoma City were McKenzie McCoy and Clair Hill. McCoy, a freshman from Beggs, Okla., shot an 86-81-86–253 for 14th while Hill, a freshman from Gig Harbor, Wash., finished tied for 21st with a 92-84-88–264.

Temperatures began in the high 50s and rose to the mid-70s with light winds hovering around four mph. The tournament played under clear skies all day Tuesday with no precipitation.

The Stars return to action on March 5-6 in the Battle at Boulder Creek at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.


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