Oklahoma Christian holds off Rogers State, Price takes medalist at NSU Classic

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian took the team title by two shots over fellow Heartland Conference member Rogers State at the 17th annual Northeastern State Golf Classic Tuesday at Cherry Springs Golf Course in Tahlequah.

OC senior Audrey Meisch (Wichita, Kan./Andover HS) shared medalist honors with Baylee Price of Northeastern, finishing at 4-over-par 148, but Price claimed the title in a one-hole playoff.

OC, opening its first fall season as a full NCAA Division II member, posted a final-round team score of 314 to finish at 615 in the two-day event, two shots ahead of Rogers State. It was the fourth win in the last seven events for the Eagles.

Price, who shot her second consecutive 74, won a one-hole playoff with Meisch, but under collegiate golf rules, Meisch still was credited with the third individual win of her career.

OC entered the day with a six-shot advantage over Rogers State and the Lady Eagles never lost the lead, although the Hillcats pulled within a shot midway through the round and host Northeastern – which finished third in the 18-team field – made a run as well before ending up four shots behind OC.

Meisch’s only major miscue on the 5,806-yard course was a double bogey on No. 18. Her 75 matched the third-lowest round of the day by any of the 97 women in the field.

OC freshman Kate Goodwin remained in contention throughout the tournament and closed with a 78 on Tuesday, finishing tied for fifth at 152. Two Lady Eagles – freshman Elizabeth Freeman and junior Allison Sell – tied for 17th individually at 158, with Freeman shooting an 80 and Sell an 81 in the final round.

Behind a pair of top-five finishers, Rogers State nearly caught Oklahoma Christian.  The Hillcats fired a 310 in the second round for a 617 total, led by Kina Boone’s fourth-place finish. The junior fired a 3-over-par 75 with a pair of birdies spanning a three-hole stretch on the front nine.

With the best round for RSU, Mica Eastin moved into a tie for fifth place shooting a 2-over-par 74. After seven-straight pars, the junior bogeyed hole eight, but quickly birdied the ninth for an even-par 36 on the front nine. She led the Hillcats with 25 pars in the 36-hole event, ranking second in the 97-golfer field.
Stirling Phillips dropped one stroke off her opening-round score to card a 79 in the final round placing in a tie for 22nd. The freshman closed the tournament with a 5.25 (+2) scoring average on par fives matching Boone for the best RSU score.
Raquel Trevino shot an 82 in the second round for a 161 total while Elizabeth McCloskey could not carry her Monday momentum into the final round, posting a 90 for a 162 final score.
RSU is back on the course Oct. 5-6 at the familiar Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the University of Central Oklahoma/RCB Bank Classic.

The NSU RiverHawks shot the low round of the day to move up one spot into third place in Tuesday’s final round, and they also finished just four strokes behind the leader after beginning the day 13 strokes back. NSU ended the two-day tournament at 43-over-par 619 (314-305).

Southwestern Oklahoma State finished fourth at 48-over 624 (310-314), while Newman placed fifth at 53-over 629 (315-314).

Price captured medalist honors for the third time in her career (2013 NSU Classic, 2014 MIAA Championship). Meisch held a two-stroke lead going into her final hole but made a double bogey. She then also double-bogeyed the first hole of the playoff as Price went on to win the tournament outright.

True freshman Halie Wright finished in solo seventh at 9-over 153 (76-77), while fellow true freshman Ebba Moberg (85-75) and senior Charter Lawson (81-79) tied for 27th at 16-over 160. True freshman Kelsey Lumpkin rounded out NSU’s lineup, finishing T-33 at 18-over 162 (83-79).

17th ANNUAL NSU WOMEN’S CLASSIC – Final Standings
September 15, 2015 at Tahlequah, Okla.
(par-72, 5,806-yard Cherokee Springs Golf Club)

Team Standings

1.        Oklahoma Christian                          301-314=615 (+39)

2.        Rogers State                                      307-310=617 (+41)

3.       Northeastern State                         314-305=619 (+43)

4.        Southwestern Oklahoma State        310-314=624 (+48)

5.        Newman                                             315-314=629 (+53)

6.        Henderson State                               321-318=639 (+63)

7.        Arkansas-Fort Smith                         327-317=644 (+68)

8.        Missouri Western State                    323-324=647 (+71)

9.        Northwest Missouri State                321-335=656 (+80)

10.     Central Missouri                                335-326=661 (+85)

11.     Nebraska-Kearney                            329-336=665 (+89)

12.     East Central                                       329-339=668 (+92)

13.     Oklahoma Baptist                              334-336=670 (+94)

14.     Southern Nazarene                           330-341=671 (+95)

15.     Fort Hays State                                  339-348=687 (+111)

16.     Southwest Baptist                             353-368=721 (+145)

17.     Northwestern Oklahoma State        361-370=731 (+155)

18.     Lincoln                                               391-377=768 (+192)


Top-5 Standings

T1.     Baylee Price (Northeastern State)!       74-74=148 (+4)

           Audrey Meisch (Oklahoma Christian)         73-75=148 (+4)

3.        Emily Folsom (Southwestern Oklahoma State)       75-75=150 (+6)

4.        Kina Boone (Rogers State)                          76-75=151 (+7)

T5.     Mica Eastin (Rogers State)                           78-74=152 (+8)

           Kate Goodwin (Oklahoma Christian)          74-78=152 (+8)


! = Won playoff


NSU Individuals

T1.     Baylee Price                                       74-74=148 (+4)

7.        Halie Wright                                      76-77=153 (+9)

T8      Fiona Hakanen*                                74-80=154 (+10)

           Kayla Schroeder*                              75-79=154 (+10)

T27.   Ebba Moberg                                     85-75=160 (+16)

           Charter Lawson                                81-79=160 (+16)

T33.   Kelsey Lumpkin                                 83-79=162 (+18)

T65.   Kennedy Hudson*                             89-84=173 (+29)


* = Competed as individual


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