Souvannasing grabs lead in UCO/RCB Bank Classic

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 5) – Marla Souvannasing and Makena Mucciaccio paced Central Oklahoma on the opening day of the UCO/RCB Bank Classic Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

Souvannasing fired a 1-under-par 70 on the East Course to grab the individual lead and Mucciaccio added a 1-over 72 as the Bronchos shot a 293, leaving them third in the team race.

Arkansas Tech had a trio of 72s in finishing with a 289 total to take a three-shot lead over Northeastern State and four-shot advantage over UCO.  Oklahoma Christian and Henderson State are tied for fourth in the 15-team tourney at 296 heading into Tuesday’s final round, which is set for a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

"We played pretty steady, but left a few shots out there," head coach Michael Bond said.  "We’re in good position and just need to come back with a good round tomorrow."

The Bronchos, who have won their own tournament the last two years, also got a 75 from Camilla Schou and 76s from Grace Shin and Daniela Martinez.  Allyson Wilcox (79) and J.T. Neuzil (85) competed as individual medalists for UCO.

Souvannasing had a steady round with 15 pars, two birdies and one bogey in the 1-under round that has her one shot ahead in the medalist standings.

The sophomore standout is gunning for her third tournament title of the fall season and offset a bogey on the par-4 sixth hole with a birdie on the par-4 eighth in making the turn at even-par 36.

Souvannasing made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 11th hole to get to one-under before reeling off seven straight stress-free pars to finish the round.

Mucciaccio bogeyed the first hole she played, the par-3 second, but rebounded quickly with a birdie on the par-4 third.  The freshman answered consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 to stay at even-par.

Back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 12 and 13 dropped Mucciaccio to two-over, but she got both strokes back with an eagle on the par-5 15th after hitting her approach to 12 feet.  She finished the round with three pars and a bogey to wrap up the 72.

Northeastern State is in second place, led by true freshmen Ebba Moberg and Halie Wright, who both shot 1-over 72 and are tied for sixth. Junior Baylee Price is tied for 14th after shooting 2-over 73. After that true freshman Kelsey Lumpkin is tied for 20th with a score of 4-over 75, and senior Charter Lawson is tied for 41st after shooting a 6-over 77.

NSU will be teeing off in the final round Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

On a day when not many players shot par or better, two Oklahoma Christian golfers did.

Senior Audrey Meisch and junior India Matthews each posted an even-par 71 and were among a group of four players tied for second after the first round. They trailed UCO’s  Souvannasing by one shot.

In the team race, OC posted a 296 score and will enter Tuesday’s final round tied for fourth with Henderson State (Ark.), seven shots behind Arkansas Tech, four shots behind Northeastern State and three shots behind tournament host UCO.

Eight of the 15 tournament’s 15 teams are within 12 shots of the lead.

With light rain falling at times on Monday, the course was soft and Matthews and Meisch – who won OC’s first tournament this fall, the Northeastern State Women’s Golf Classic – were able to mostly take advantage, putting themselves in the hunt for individual honors and keeping the Lady Eagles within striking distance in the team competition.

Matthews, competing as OC’s No. 5 player during the tournament, led the tournament with five birdies, while junior Allison Sell, Meisch and freshman Kate Goodwin had three birdies each for the Lady Eagles.

Sell had a solid round for the Lady Eagles, a 75 on the 6,001-yard course that put her tied for 20th in the 85-woman field. Goodwin was tied for 49th after shooting a 79, while another freshman, Elizabeth Freeman, fired an 81 and was tied for 56th.

Three OC players are competing in the tournament as individuals – freshman Whitney Hall (81, tied for 56th), junior Dana Todd (85, tied for 69th) and junior Mindy Stafford (87, tied for 76th).All five Rogers State women’s golfers finished within three shots of each other to end day one of the University of Central Oklahoma/RCB Bank Classic in eighth place at Lincoln Park Golf Course.  

Using her new Folds of Honor golf bag, Mica Eastin carded a team-leading, 2-over-par 74 in round one to tie for 18th place in the 15-team field. Eastin is the first member of the Hillcats’ team to carry the bag honoring fallen hero Army Private First Class Sarina Nicole Butcher of the Oklahoma National Guard.
Behind a RSU-best three birdies, Kina Boone and Raquel Trevino fired rounds of 75 and 76, respectively to sit inside the top 30 with 18 holes to play. Boone play the par-five holes at 2-under-par for a 4.33 scoring average.
Elizabeth McCloskey matched Trevino’s score of 76 to tie for 28th overall aided by 13 pars, which led RSU on the day. Stirling Phillips had 12 pars and shot the low round of her debut season in the first round, tallying a 77 for the navy and red.

UCO/RCB Bank Classic – First Round Results
October 5, 2015 at Oklahoma City, Okla.
(Par-71, 6,001-yard Lincoln Park East Golf Course)

Team Standings

1.        Arkansas Tech                                   289 (+5)

2.       Northeastern State                         292 (+8)

3.        Central Oklahoma                             293 (+9)

T4.     Oklahoma Christian                          296 (+12)

           Henderson State                               296 (+12)

6.        Lindenwood                                      297 (+13)

7.        Missouri Western State                    300 (+16)

8.        Rogers State                                      301 (+17)

9.        Southwestern Oklahoma State        308 (+24)

10.     East Central                                       310 (+26)

T11.   Southern Nazarene                           320 (+36)

           Central Missouri                                320 (+36)

13.     Fort Hays State                                  324 (+40)

14.     Southern Arkansas                           335 (+51)

15.     Harding                                              340 (+56)


Top-5 Standings

1.        Marla Souvannasing (Central Oklahoma)  70 (-1)

T2.     Audrey Meisch (Oklahoma Christian)         71 (E)

           India Matthews (Oklahoma Christian)        71 (E)

           Luisa Gartmann (Henderson State)            71 (E)

           Dakota Limkemann (Lindenwood)             71 (E)


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