Stars in top four spots in SAC Championship at The Territory

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DUNCAN, Okla. – No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University built a 20-shot advantage after 36 holes of the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships Monday at The Territory Golf & Country Club.

OCU, top-ranked in the NAIA, placed four golfers atop the individual leaderboard led by Maddi Kamas. The Stars’ Natalie Gough held second place, while Rachel Eckert stood third. Reagan Chaney came in fourth.

The Stars posted a 296-289–585 on the par-72, 5,803-yard course. Ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan held second place with a 310-295–605, while Southwestern Christian stood third at 349-334–683.

Kamas delivered a 71-73–144 to lead the individual standings by two strokes. Kamas, a freshman from Kingfisher, Okla., knocked in five birdies. Kamas reeled in one of four under-par rounds in the early round.

Gough, a senior from Bixby, Okla., came through with a 78-68–146. Gough closed out the day by playing the final nine holes at 2 under par to shoot the top round of the day in the second round. Gough led the field with six birdies and the only eagle of the tournament on the par-5, 469-yard 15th hole.

Eckert, a senior from Bixby, Okla., secured a 72-75–147 while burying five birdies. Chaney, a freshman from Ardmore, Okla., carded a 75-73–148 with birdies on four holes.

OCU’s Morgan Palermo, a freshman from Parker, Colo., contributed a 79-84–163, which tied her for 14th.

Two Stars competing as individuals were among the top 10. Lauren Behnken stood sixth with a 77-74–151, while Paige Wood tied for eighth with a 75-79–154. Meghan Charles had an 81-83–164 to be 17th.

The final round gets under way 8 a.m. Tuesday at The Territory Golf & Country Club.

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