Rogers State takes second, NSU third, UCO seventh in MIAA Championship

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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Rogers State placed second for the second consecutive year in the women’s MIAA Championships on Wednesday at Silo Ridge Country Club.

After three rounds at the par 72, 5,864 yard course, the Hillcats finished nine shots behind winner Central Missouri. Northeastern State placed third and Central Oklahoma came in seventh

Marelda Ayal earned All-Tournament honors as she led RSU in a three-way tie for third after shooting 225 (+9), just two strokes behind the individual champion. The senior sank nine birdies across the 54 holes.

Lydia Sitorus finished in a three-way tie for seventh with a card of 228 (+12). Kristin Gudmundsdottir finished in a three-way tie for 16th with a 232 (+16). Lauren Anderson finished in a three-way tie for 30th with a 237 (+30). After subbing in for Jessica Osden, Brianna Maddux shot a 76 (+4) in her only round of the tournament, contributing to the overall team score.

The Hillcats will continue their postseason journey on May 6-8 as they host the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships in Bartlesville, Okla. at Hillcrest Country Club.

Marybeth Bellnap

Northeastern State shot a final round 309 and dropped from second to third. The RiverHawks turned in the highest score among the top-five teams and finished 11 back of the lead.

Marybeth Bellnap claimed the top finish for the NSU golfers with a 228 (77-75-76) and was tied for seventh place. Ines Diaz spent all three days inside the top fifth of the field and took a tenth-place tie, scoring a 229 (72-77-80).  Yasmin Hang (78-75-79) and Jessica Parker (76-79-77) were tied for 16th place, shooting a 232.

Sam Maceli took 36th shooting a 243 (84-82-77).

The RiverHawks head next to the NCAA Central Regional on May 6-8 in Bartlesville.

UCO remained in seventh, paced by a tie for seventh by Mika Ramos after rounds of 77-77-74. The Bronchos Estella Castillo tied for 22nd at 234, Emma Shelley tied for 27th at 235, Scarlett Sturch tied for 30th at 237 and Jirasuda Khunarak tied for 33rd at 239.

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