Rigsby, Goodwin help OC grab lead over Riverhawks, UCO in NSU Classic

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Photo: OC junior Abigail Rigsby was leading after the first round of the Northeastern State Women’s Classic.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (Sept. 10, 2018) – Abigail Rigsby picked up where she left off last spring and Kate Goodwin brought her summer excellence into the collegiate season, which put Oklahoma Christian in good position after the opening round of the Northeastern State Women’s Classic on Monday.

Rigsby shot a 2-under-par 70 to lead the field while Goodwin was tied for second at 71, helping the Lady Eagles post a team score of 294 and take a four-shot lead over the host team at Cherokee Springs Golf Club.

Rigsby, a junior from Courtenay, British Columbia, was coming off her first collegiate win last March when she suffered an injury that cut her season short. She spent the summer rehabilitating that injury and opened her fall season with three birdies in her first five holes on the 5,964-yard course. She made it to 4-under through 12 holes before a couple of bogeys coming down the stretch.

Right on her tail was Goodwin, a senior from Tulsa who won the NCAA Division II West Super Regional in May, then took three tournament titles and reached the Oklahoma State Amateur semifinals this summer. Consecutive birdies on the par-3 No. 13 and the par-5 No. 14 put her at 1-under for her round, tying her with four other players.

OC had a third top-10 player in Shaley Goad, as the sophomore from Wheeler, Texas, was tied for 10th in the 95-woman field after a 2-over 74. Goad had a pair of birdies on the back nine.

In her first collegiate round, freshman Alexandria Bennett shot a 79, while senior Elizabeth Freeman also posted a 79. They were tied for 44th individually.

Of the 18 teams in the tournament, only five will enter Tuesday’s final round within 10 shots of OC. Northeastern was followed by Central Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State (both at 299), with Central Missouri at 302 and Arkansas-Fort Smith at 302.

Northeastern State is within striking distance to win its own home tournament following a 298 team round on Monday.  Ebba Moberg paced the RiverHawks with an even 72, and is tied for seventh overall.   Freshman Aitana Hernandez is tied for tenth carding a 74.

Sydney Roberts fired a one-under-par 71 to lead Central Oklahoma to a third-place showing after first-day play.

Makena Mucciaccio backed up Roberts’ 71 with a one-over 73.  The Bronchos also got a 77 from Madison O’Dell, while Yuna Sato shot 78 and Faith Stewart 79.

Roberts is in a five-way tie for second in the individual standings, one shot behind OC’s Abigail Rigsby.  The junior star was two-under through six holes before making two consecutive bogeys to make the turn at even-par 36.


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