ORU women win MSU/Payne Stewart Invite, OCU’s Campbell has top-10

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  – The Oral Roberts University women’s golf team finished the job on Tuesday, winning the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial by 10 shots over UALR. ORU (293-295-303—891) led from start to finish in the three-day, 15-team tournament.
Freshman Kennedy Ishee took advantage of her first round 69 to earn a runner-up finish, the highest of her career after finishing tied for fifth in the first tournament of the year.

Tuesday marked the first team championship for ORU since winning the SUU Lady Thunderbird Invitational (March 14, 2014) and the Jackrabbit Invitational (March 18, 2014) in back-to-back tournaments last year

ORU has had an individual finish in the top-5 in each of the three tournaments this season. Kennedy Ishee has two of those marks, finishing tied for fifth in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower and second at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial. Alejandra Acosta won the Bob Hurley ORU Shootout. 

Kailey Campbell of Oklahoma City University posted a top-10 finish as the two-time defending NAIA women’s golf champions finished seventh in the field that included 12 NCAA Division I teams. The Stars ended ahead of seven D-I squads.

OCU compiled a 304-309-307–920 on the par-71, 6,010-yard course.

Campbell tied for 10th place with a 71-73-82–226 for the Stars. Campbell, a sophomore from Oktaha, made par 34 times while converting five birdies. Campbell ended 10 shots behind tournament winner Maria Alejandra Villalobos of Wichita State.

OCU’s Anna Mikish turned in a 76-78-74–228. Mikish, a sophomore from Choctaw, had 35 pars during the 54-hole tournament. Emma Allen, a freshman from Tulsa, put together a 78-80-78–236 for the Stars.

Caroline Goodin, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, supplied OCU with an 83-78-75–236, and Katie-Lee Wilson, a sophomore from Owasso, chipped in a 79-81-80–240.
The Stars’ Abby Thompson, a junior from Edmond, shot 84-82-83–249 competing as an individual.

OCU concluded the fall season with two top-five showings in four tournaments. The Stars make their spring debut in the Claud Jacobs Invitational on Feb. 15-16 at The Club at Colony Creek in Victoria, Texas.
ORU Results
2 – Kennedy Ishee – 69-76-74—219
5 – Alejandra Acosta – 72-76-75—223
T6 – Paty Torres – 75-70-79—224
T20 – Shinwoo Lee – 80-73-76—229
T29 – Paola Aviles – 77-76-78—231
Complete Team Results
1 – ORU – 293-295-303—891
2 – UALR – 298-303-300—901
3 – Missouri State – 304-296-304—904
4 – Wichita State – 304-291-311—906
5 – South Dakota State – 304-303-301—908
6 – Oklahoma City – 304-309-307—920
7 – UTEP – 307-304-313—924
8 – Central Arkansas – 306-312-311—929
9 – Indiana State – 312-313-315—940
10 – Missouri State (B) – 309-318-317—944
11 – Chicago State – 318-316-317—951
12 – Northern Iowa – 315-317-321—953
13 – Drake – 313-317-326—956
14 – Omaha – 324-318-321—963
15 – Drury – 320-327-318–965

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