Oklahoma Christian second, Stars fourth in O-City Classic

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  In her final collegiate tournament in Oklahoma, Audrey Meisch posted a third-place individual finish, leading Oklahoma Christian to a runner-up showing in the O-City Spring Classic, which ended Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s East Course.

Meisch, a senior from Wichita, Kan., recorded her third straight 1-over-par 73 on the 5,942-yard course to finish at 219, nine shots behind individual champion Lydia Traylor of McLennan (Texas) Community College.

OC posted a team score of 303 in the final round, giving the Lady Eagles a final score of 897, 16 shots behind McLennan in the team race but ahead of the nine other squads in the tournament.

Also finishing in the top 10 individually for the Lady Eagles was freshman Kate Goodwin, who closed in a tie for ninth at 225 after a final-round 82. Two other OC players tied for 20th at 230 junior Allison Sell, who shot a final-round 79, and freshman Elizabeth Freeman, who closed with a 76.

Junior India Matthews showed improvement for the second consecutive round with her final-round 75, putting her at 235 for the tournament, tied for 29th in the 71-woman field.

Three Lady Eagles played as individuals. Junior Dana Todd finished tied for 42nd at 244 after shooting a 78, junior Mindy Stafford tied for 51st at 252 after posting an 86 and sophomore Chaise Lucero shot an 85 for a final score of 270, in 68th place.

OC will play next week in the Heartland Conference Championship tournament at Slick Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. The Lady Eagles won an unofficial league title last season on the same course.

Anna Mikish paced Oklahoma City University by tying for fourth place in the O-City Classic on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course’s east course.

Mikish, a junior from Choctaw, Okla., provided the Stars with a 74-73-75-222. Oklahoma City, ranked fifth in NAIA women’s golf, posted a 300-302-304-906 to finish fourth place.

The Stars look to win their fifth consecutive conference crown in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships at 8 a.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

For the tournament, Mikish knocked in seven birdies, two during the final round. The Stars finished ahead of both ranked NAIA teams in the field – eighth-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) and ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan. Texas Wesleyan took fifth, while Bellevue was sixth.

Kailey Campbell of OCU posted a 75-78-75-228 to tie for 13th. Campbell, a junior from Oktaha, dropped in nine birdies for the tournament and three Tuesday. Campbell’s birdies in the final came in a row on the fifth, sixth and seven holes.

The Stars’ Abby Thompson produced a 75-74-80-229. Thompson, a senior from Edmond, led OCU by making par on 38 of the tournament’s 54 holes. Caroline Goodin put together a 76-77-82-235, while Emma Allen had an 81-80-74-235. Allen, a sophomore from Broken Arrow, sank birdies on the fourth and fifth holes Tuesday to have five birdies for the tournament.

OCU individuals were Raegan Barnes, who shot a 75-76-80-231; and Katie-Lee Wilson, who carded 77-82-81-240.

The temperature rose from 48 degrees at the start of play to 66 degrees under sunny skies. The wind stayed between 9-16 mph.

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