SWOSU leads in DII Central Regional at Hillcrest CC, second round delayed by tornado damage

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Top seed Southwestern Oklahoma State has two golfers tied for the individual lead and has a one-shot lead as a team after the first round of the NCAA Division II Central Regional at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville.

The start of Tuesday’s second round is delayed until at least 2 p.m. due to cleanup from a tornado that moved through Bartlesville Monday night. Tree limbs and a few downed trees are the major damage. The tornado did more damage in other areas of Bartlesville.

Megan Brown and Rebecca Lau each shot even-par 72 to lead SWOSU. Ashlyn Acosta is in a tie for 12th with a 76 and Frye Sala tied for 19th with a 78.

Henderson State trails by a single shot and Rogers State sit in third place seven shots back.

Marelda Ayal and Lydia Sitorus are in a five-way tie atop the leaderboard after both shot a 72 on the day. Ayal and Sitorus have had success before at this course as both finished in the top 10 during the regional preview tournament during the fall, in fact Sitorus tied the course record with a 69 (-3) in the final round of that tournament.

Kristin Gudmundsdottir sits in a five-way tie for 25th with a card of 79 (+7). Brianna Maddux sits in a group of six tied at 39th with an 82 (+10). Lauren Anderson rounds out the group in a tie for 47th with an 84 (+12).

Jessica Parker shot a 73 to rank inside the top ten individually and help Northeastern State into a tie for fifth with a 312.

“It’s a tough course, and it played tough today,” head coach Scott Varner said, noting that, “we’ve got to get after it tomorrow. This just puts pressure on Tuesday being a good day.”

Needing to place in the top three as a unit to advance, the RiverHawks are seven strokes back of the cutline, occupied by Rogers State in third with a 305.

Marybeth Bellnap ranks in the top 20 after a 77 on the initial round. Meanwhile, Yasmin Hang added an 80 while Sam Maceli and Ines Diaz carded an 82, respectively.

Mika Ramos fired a 2-over-par 74 and is in eighth place,   leading Central Oklahoma to a seventh place standing after the first round.

Ramos was solid all day long Monday in Bartlesville. Starting on the back nine, she opened the day with three straight par putts before the Tulsa native sank a birdie on the Par 4 13th. Ramos was even-par making the turn, then played the front nine 2-over-par with two bogeys and seven pars.

Freshman Scarlet Sturch was the only other Broncho in the 70s Monday after posting a 7-over-par 79. The Durant, native sank five par putts on the back nine and birdied the par 3 16th. Sturch played the front nine 4-over with five more par putts made.

Emma Shelley and Estela Castillo are both tied for 36th individually after shooting 9-over-par 81s on Monday. The fifth year senior Shelley, who is from Bartlesville, had four pars and five bogeys on the back nine, then played the front nine 4-over with one birdie on the Par 3 fourth hole. Castillo, a freshman from Spain, opened the day with back-to-back doubles but recovered and finished the back nine 5-over par. She played the front nine 4-over just like Shelley to finish with an 81.

Jirasuda Khunarak was also in the lineup for the Bronchos and the senior from Thailand posted a 10-over-par 82, playing the back nine 3-over before a 7-over on the front nine.

Below: Pictures of tornado damage.

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