Oklahoma Christian narrowly misses berth in national championship

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DENTON, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Oklahoma Christian’s bid to advance as a team in the NCAA Division II women’s golf postseason fell painfully short on Wednesday, but OC freshman Camilla Jarvela provided the Eagles some solace with one of the top individual performances in program history.

In a five-team race for one of three national qualifying spots out of the Division II West Super Regional at Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch, the Eagles finished fifth, just three shots out of the third position. Jarvela, from Espoo, Finland, did finish second, though, and thus qualified as an individual for the NCAA Division II Championship, set to start next Tuesday at TPC Michigan in Detroit.

St. Mary’s (Texas) was the surprise team winner, posting a three-round score of 874 to finish ahead of the prohibitive favorite, No. 1-ranked and tournament host Dallas Baptist (Texas), which was second in the nine-team field at 890.

Third place was up for grabs throughout the final round, with OC briefly moving into the coveted spot. But at the round’s end, Texas A&M-Commerce finished at 896 (thanks to a team score of 289 in the final round) to edge West Texas A&M (897, with a 298 final round) and OC (899, with a 293 final round).

Jarvela started the day in second place, three shots behind Sofia Ruescas of St. Mary’s, but a hot start – three birdies in the first six holes – helped propel Jarvela briefly into the lead. Ruescas eventually began draining putts, though, with five birdies over her final 11 holes, and Jarvela had a double bogey on the par-3 No. 11, putting Ruescas back on top.

But Jarvela closed strong, with birdies on the par-5 No. 12 and the par-4 No. 15, and posted a 1-under-par 71 on the 6,411-yard course. All three of her rounds in the tournament were at or under par and she posted a final score of 214 (2-under), the third-best 54-hole score in the 10-season history of the OC women’s golf program.

She and Ruescas (210, 6-under) were the only two players in the 48-woman field to finish under par. Jarvela grabbed one of the three national qualifying spots that went to the highest individual finishers whose teams did not qualify. The other two spots went to third-place Loukyee Songprasert of West Texas A&M (218) and Anahi Servin of Academy of Art (Calif.), who tied for fourth at 219.

Jarvela is the fourth OC player to qualify for the Division II Championship as an individual, joining Audrey Meisch (2016), current senior Abigail Rigsby (2017) and current graduate assistant coach Kate Goodwin(2018). The Eagles made the field as a team in 2019.

OC’s second-highest finisher was another freshman, Wilma Merenmies from Jyvaskyla, Finland. Her final-round 74 (which included a pair of birdies) was her best score of the tournament and left her at 229 overall, tied for 20th.

One shot behind Merenmies at 230 was junior Shaley Goad of Wheeler, Texas. Goad, likely playing in her final collegiate tournament, had three birdies and shot 75 for the second straight day to tie for 22nd. Another shot back was Rigsby, of Courtenay, British Columbia. In the final round of her stellar collegiate career, she posted a 77 for the third straight day to close at 231, tied for 26th.

OC sophomore Alexandria Bennett of Plano, Texas, had the Eagles’ second-best round of the day, a 73 with four birdies, and tied for 33rd at 235.

Finishing after OC in the tournament standings were Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) at 920, Arkansas-Fort Smith at 922, Westminster (Utah) at 947 and Western Washington at 958.

NCAA West Division II Super Regional
Wildhorse Golf Club, Denton, Texas

Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos.Team/Player (seed)Rd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
1St. Mary’s (TX)289298287874
1Sofia Ruescas (1)687369210
T4Monica Dibildox (3)747471219
T6Estelle Beck (4)727474220
19Rebecca Reed (2)757776228
35Jordyn Wray (5)857873236
T6Hanna Harrison (1)697972220
T11Faith DeLaGarza (2)777571223
T11Olivia Mitchell (3)767473223
T16Julia Garcia (5)737777227
T26Jaycie Stewart (4)778074231
3Texas A&M – Commerce300307289896
T9Sophie-Charlott Hempel (2)767670222
T11Sarah Wongsinth (1)767770223
15Inma Ortiz Prieto (3)727975226
T16Michelle Becker (5)787574227
T39Karlee Nichols (4)768281239
4West Texas A & M294305298897
3Loukyee Songprasert (1)727571218
8Rylie Cook (3)727574221
14Alyssa Campbell (2)737774224
32Rachel Huffman (4)777879234
5Oklahoma Christian304302293899
2Camilla Jarvela (2)717271214
T20Wilma Merenmies (4)777874229
T22Shaley Goad (3)807575230
T26Abigail Rigsby (1)777777231
T33Alex Bennett (5)798373235
6Point Loma307319294920
T22Alli Kim (1)788072230
T26Nicola Kaminski (2)777975231
T29Raquel Prado (4)767779232
T29Tabetha Kang (5)768373232
36Christine Perez (3)798474237
T16Addison Mitchell (1)777575227
T22Sidney Stramel (2)738077230
T22Rachel Hicks (3)718178230
T37Sydnie Gamble (4)838174238
T43Ali Rodriguez (5)808279241
8Westminster Col.-UT317316314947
31Cailyn Clayton (3)817775233
T33Whitney Banz (1)758179235
T43Cassie Campos (4)808180241
T43Jobi Einerson (5)827980241
47Kanna Crosland (2)817982242
9Western Washington319331308958
T37Elise Sumner (4)788377238
T39Danielle Bailey (2)828176239
T41Sarah Shea (1)798279240
T43Kolby Heggenes (3)808576241
48Sophia Schmidt (5)829182255
Pos.Player (Team)Rd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
T4Anahi Servin (Art, Academy of)767370219
T9Faith Kilgore (Colorado Christian Univ)797172222
T20Juanita Gomez (Midwestern State)787675229
T41Claire Shubin (Dominican (CA) )818475240
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