OCU seeks fourth consecutive SAC women’s golf championship, play starts Monday at Twin Hills G&CC

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University sets out to capture its fourth consecutive league title in the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships on Monday and Tuesday at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club.

The field features four teams in the NAIA rankings – fourth-ranked two-time defending national champion Oklahoma City, ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan, No. 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and 25th-ranked Oklahoma Baptist.

Southwestern Christian completes the field. The 36-hole tournament starts 9:15 a.m. Monday with individuals teeing off the first and 10th holes. Follow the tournament via live scoring.

“It will be a shootout,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “It ought to be a great competition for us. The last two years they’ve surprised me and turned it on at the end of the season. If the good golf comes at the end of the year, that’s what we’re looking for. We’re trending upward.”

The Stars collected their third SAC championship in a row and 12th conference title overall April 21-22, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas. OCU eventually won its seventh national crown in a playoff against SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) on May 20-23 in Lincoln, Neb. Oklahoma City shot 5 under par on the 18th hole to tie Savannah College of Art & Design and force the playoff.

The NAIA Championships will be May 12-15 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga.

OCU took its first tournament title of the season in the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational on April 6-7 at Lincoln Park’s East Course in Oklahoma City.

Emma Allen tops the Stars with a 76.17 stroke average, which ranks eighth in the NAIA. Allen, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., comes off a third-place showing for her second top-five finish.

Kailey Campbell has provided OCU with 76.63 shots per round to rank 13th among the NAIA. Campbell, a sophomore from Oktaha, has four top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Sept. 15-16 at Lincoln Park. Anna Mikish averages 77.92 strokes per 18 holes. Mikish, a sophomore from Choctaw, reeled in a seventh-place finish in the Embry-Riddle Eagle Invitational on March 16-17.
OCU’s Caroline Goodin made all-SAC last season. Goodin, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, has posted a 78.79 stroke average. Katie-Lee Wilson, a sophomore from Owasso,  has produced a 79.04 stroke average.

The Stars will enter Raegan Barnes, Taylor Cusack, Claudia Chemin and Abby Thompson as individuals.

The course, which opened in 1923, includes a par-72, 5,918-yard layout designed by Perry Maxwell on Bermuda grass.

The forecast for the tournament calls for temperatures in the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies with light winds.

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