Olivia Schmidt leads Arkansas State to victory in ORU Invite, Golden Eagles second

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Olivia Schmidt of Edmond won her second event of the season and was among three Arkansas State women’s golfers in the top five as the Red Wolves won the Oral Roberts Spring Invite at The Club at Indian Springs River Course.

Despite winds 20-30 miles per hour throughout the round Tuesday, A-State posted a 5-over par 293 in the final round to win by 10 strokes over host Oral Roberts. The Red Wolves posted a 54-hole total of 874, tied for the fourth-lowest in program history and fourth 54-hole total this season in the top five in program history. The win marks the 13th title under the direction of head coach MJ Desbiens-Shaw, second this season.

Schmidt was one of two players on the course Tuesday to post a round under par finishing a 1-under par 71 with a bogey-free round. Earning her second individual medalist honor of the season and third of her career, Schmidt totaled 213 for the tournament, tied for the fifth-lowest in program history. She is the fourth player in program history with three or more wins, joining Shellie Wenzel (2000-02), Amanda Beeler (1998-2001) and Anna Carling (2010-13). Schmidt owns each of the top five low 54-hole totals in program history, all five marks coming in the nine regular season events this season. Schmidt extends her single-season record to 18 par or better rounds and has 31 for her career, also a program best.

Schmidt was among three Red Wolves in the top five of the final individual standings. Kayla Burke turned in a final round 1-over par 73 to finish fourth with a total of 217 (+1), a career-best 54-hole total and second career top five finish. Coming off a season-best round Monday, Casey Sommer posted a 1-over par 73 to finish at 218 (+2) for the event and fifth place, her best total on the year and top finish.

Kiana Oshiro finished second overall for Oral Roberts as the host team placed  finished second.

The Golden Eagles finished the tournament nine strokes back from the team winner Arkansas State. ORU shot a 291 (+3) in round one, 289 (+1) in round two and 303 (+15) in round three. The team combined for 38 birdies over the two days.

Oshiro finished second overall with a 2-under 214, shooting rounds of 73-69-72. She had 11 total birdies with six in the second 18. Sarah Bell ended third at 215 (73-70-72). Megan Lee also finished in the top 10 at No. 8 after rounds of 74-70-80 left her at 224.
ORU will compete in the 2022 Summit League Championship April 24-26 at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kansas.
ORU Individual Results
2 Kiana Oshiro 73-69-72-214 (-2)
3 Sarah Bell 73-70-72-215 (-1)
8 Megan Lee 74-70-80-224 (+8)
T22 Cristina Riu 71-80-79-230 (+14)
T53 Vanessa Campos 77-83-82-242 (+26)T9 Isabella Caamal(i) 73-76-149 (+5)
T36 Katelyn Rika(i) 81-75-156 (+12)Team Results
1 Arkansas State 293-288-293-874 +10
2 Oral Roberts 291-289-303-883 +19
3 Missouri State 311-308-293-912 +48
4 UT Arlington 312-295-308-915 +51
5 Little Rock 301-295-321-917 +53
6 Wichita State 305-307-314-926 +62
7 North Dakota State 304-306-317-927 +63
8 Stephen F. Austin St 313-316-312-941 +77
9 Missouri State (B) 314-312-316-942 +78
10 Western Texas CC 317-328-321-966 +102

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