OKLAHOMA CITY – The NAIA Women’s Golf Championship Fall Preview hosted by Oklahoma City University features six ranked teams, including defending national champion SCAD-Savannah (Ga.).
The 54-hole tournament starts 8:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course on the par-72, 6,050-yard layout. Lincoln Park will be the site of the 2019 and 2020 NAIA Championships.
Seventh-ranked Oklahoma City will take on second-ranked SCAD-Savannah, third-ranked Dalton State (Ga.), ninth-ranked William Penn (Iowa), No. 17 Texas Wesleyan and 20th-rated South Carolina Beaufort. SCAD-Savannah took the 2018 national title at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in May. SCAD-Savannah opened the season at No. 1, while OCU was ninth in the ratings.
The Stars will conclude their fall season in the NAIA Championship Fall Preview. OCU collected the win in the Southwestern Christian Invitational by a program-record 46 shots on Sept. 17-18 at Lake Hefner Golf Course to highlight its season to date. Melissa Eldredge and Lauryn Pritchard shared the individual crown in that event. Oklahoma City finished ninth place competing against mostly NCAA Division I teams in a pair of tournaments.
Natalie Gough has posted a team-best 74.88 scoring average with 20 birdies for the Stars this season. Gough, a freshman from Bixby, Okla., had her best round of 71 in the first round of the Sam Houston State Bearkat Invitational on Oct. 1-2.
Eldredge, a junior from Eufaula, Okla., has supplied OCU with a 75.88 stroke average while sinking 14 birdies in 2018-19. Pritchard, a freshman from Allen, Texas, has produced an average round of 76.50 and drained 12 birdies on the season.
Oklahoma City hosts five tournaments this season at Lincoln Park. The Sooner Athletic Conference Championships will be April 19-20, while the NAIA Championships take place May 14-17 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The Stars play seven tournaments in the Oklahoma City metro area in 2018-19.
Lincoln Park rates as one of Oklahoma’s finest public golf courses. Oklahoma City’s oldest public golf course unveiled its new state-of-the-art $9.25 million club house in spring 2015. The course was designed by Art Jackson and built in 1923. It features bent grass on the greens and Bermuda grass on the fairways.
The forecast for the NAIA Championship Fall Preview includes high temperatures in the upper 40s Monday and lower 50s Tuesday.
NAIA CHAMPIONSHIP FALL PREVIEW
At Oklahoma City
Lincoln Park Golf Course, 4001 NE Grand Blvd.
No. 2 SCAD-Savannah (Ga.)
No. 3 Dalton State (Ga.)
No. 7 Oklahoma City
No. 9 William Penn (Iowa)
No. 17 Texas Wesleyan
No. 20 South Carolina Beaufort
Grand View (Iowa)
St. Thomas (Texas)