OCU’s Behnken wins NAIA Kim Moore Spirit Award

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Oklahoma City University’s Lauren Behnken took the Women’s Golf Coaches Association NAIA Kim Moore Spirit Award.

Behnken, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., collected the award based on her impact on the Stars.

This award is dedicated to Kim Moore, who played golf for the University of Indianapolis (1999-2003). Kim was an inspiration to all as she persevered through many physical challenges while playing collegiate golf. Her positive outlook and dedication toward the game was only outdone by her sense of humor and passion for the game.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.

Behnken has become a role model for the rest of her teammates. As a sophomore this past year, she broke par for the first time in her life, shooting a 34-33–67 (5 under par) to finish third place in the Southwestern Christian Fall Invitational at Lake Hefner Golf Course. Her second-round score equaled the second best round in program history.

“She was not a highly recruited golfer, but wanted the chance to be a member of a team and to be a part of something bigger than herself,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “By her second semester, her mentality had spread to the entire team, and both fellow underclassmen and upperclassmen looked up to the freshman.”
In 2019-20, Behnken posted a 79.76 stroke average. She has a career scoring average of 80.61.

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