Moody, Eldredge lift Stars to O-City Classic title

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University secured the victory in the O-City Spring Classic on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

OCU, ranked 13th in NAIA women’s golf, won the O-City Classic for the second consecutive year, taking its second win of the season. Oklahoma City’s Savannah Moody collected a runner-up finish, while teammate Melissa Eldredge came in third.

The Stars forged a 306-302-298–906 on the par-72, 5,920-yard course. Oklahoma City finished nine shots ahead of fifth-ranked Texas Wesleyan and 20 strokes in front of 22nd-ranked William Penn (Iowa).

Moody, a senior from Aledo, Texas, equaled her career-best second-place showing in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Oct. 16-17 at Lincoln Park. Texas Wesleyan’s Alex Schies raked in the win by two shots. Schies also won the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic earlier this season.

“I’m very proud of how we performed,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “We have faced adversity this season, but I’m very proud of how the girls persevered this week. This is very encouraging, and I look forward to the next two tournaments.”

Moody turned in a 70-73-74–217 for her career-low three-round score. She topped the 71-67-80–218 she had Oct. 16-17. Moody buried 11 birdies in the tournament, making her second birdie of the tournament on the par-5, 451-yard fifth hole Tuesday.

Eldredge, a sophomore from Eufaula, Okla., produced her third top-five finish of the season and fifth as a Star. She posted a 78-73-71–222 while sinking 10 birdies this week. Eldredge racked up four birdies in a row between the 14th and the 17th holes Tuesday.

Emma Allen of OCU picked up her first top-10 finish this season with a tie for sixth place. Allen, a senior from Broken Arrow, Okla., carded a 76-76-73–225 for her season-low 54-hole score. Allen made par 35 times and birdie six times during the O-City Classic.

Loren Matrone, a freshman from Frisco, Texas, contributed an 85-80-80–245, and Regan McQuaid, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., had an 82-82-85–249 for the Stars.

OCU golfers playing as individuals were McKenzie McCoy (78-79-75–232), Clair Hill (81-75-77–233) and Arianna Medina (78-94-84–256). McCoy, a freshman from Beggs, matched her best finish this season with a tie for 14th, while Hill, a freshman from Gig Harbor, Wash., had her finest collegiate finish by tying for 16th.

The Stars enter postseason play in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships on April 20-22 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. OCU has won the past six conference titles and 15 SAC crowns overall.


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