OCU snares first-day lead in SAC women’s golf championships

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Katie-Lee Wilson paced Oklahoma City University to the first-round lead in the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships Monday at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club.

Wilson, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla., had a two-shot edge in the individual race with a 72. The Stars, ranked fourth in the NAIA, held the two-stroke lead over Texas Wesleyan after posting a 308.

Ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan shot 310, while 10th-rated Wayland Baptist (Texas) recorded a 316. No. 25 Oklahoma Baptist put together a 327, and Southwestern Christian had a 338 on the par-72, 5,918-yard course.

"We struggled a bit on the front nine, but we were able to play quite a bit better on the back nine and put ourselves in a great position heading into tomorrow’s final round," OCU coach Marty McCauley said.

Wilson made up for three bogeys on the front nine holes with three birdies on the back nine. Wilson sank birdies on the 10th, 11th and 14th holes.

Taylor Icenberger of Texas Wesleyan compiled a 74 while knocking in three birdies, and Marina Gallegos of Wayland Baptist produced a 75. Wayland Baptist’s Hannah Duvall stood in fourth with a 77, while six individuals carded a 78 to be tied for fifth in the race for all-conference accolades.

Those who shot a 78 were Oklahoma City’s Kailey Campbell, Claudia Chemin, Caroline Goodin and Abby Thompson as well as Andi McGill of Southwestern Christian and Alex Schies of Texas Welseyan.

Emma Allen, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., supplied OCU with an 80 as she sank two birdies, while Anna Mikish, a sophomore from Choctaw, Okla., added an 83.

Raegan Barnes and Taylor Cusack each had a 79 playing as individuals for the Stars. Barnes, Chemin and Cusack tied for the tournament lead with three birdies each.

Conditions included 51 degrees at the start of play with temperatures rising to 64 degrees. Wind ranged from 7-12 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

The final 18 holes will begin 10 a.m. Tuesday at Twin Hills. To follow the tournament via live scoring, click here.  

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