SWOSU, NSU, OC among contenders in NSU Classic at Cherokee Springs

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Southwestern Oklahoma State trails Texas A&M Commerce by a shot after the opening round of the NSU Classic on Monday at Cherokee Springs Golf Course in Tahlequah.

Elin Wahlin is leading the way for the Lady Bulldogs, after shooting 1-over 73 – one stroke greater than the leader Shi Qing Ong of Missouri Western.

Just one stroke separates the top-five teams heading into Tuesday’s final round, with Missouri Western in third, host Northeastern State in fourth, and Henderson State in fifth.

NSU freshman Sumie Francois in her debut paced the RiverHawks on their home course with a 74 and is tied for fourth place.  Kelsey Lumpkin was one shot back with a 75 and tied for seventh on the leaderboard.

Lexi Armon is tied for 21st scoring a 78 and Ebba Moberg fielded an 81 which landed her tied for 37th place in the 17 team field.   Rounding out the NSU starting-5 was Kennedy Hudson who shot an 85 and is tied for 61st place.

Texas A&M-Commerce leads the field with a 305 by a narrow one shot margin over Southwestern Oklahoma.  Missouri Western State is in third place with a 307, then Northeastern State (308), followed by Henderson State in fifth (309), and Oklahoma Christian (310).

Players will return to the course on Tuesday for the final round of play starting at 8 a.m.  The RiverHawks will tee off on the front nine starting at 8:45 a.m. with Oklahoma Christian and Henderson State.  Live scoring for the final round can be found on GoRiverHawksGo.com.

Oklahoma Christian is right in the mix after a score of 310 put them in sixth place in the 17-team field, but only five shots behind the leader, Texas A&M-Commerce. Eight teams are within 10 shots of the lead entering Tuesday’s final round.

Junior Kate Goodwin led a closely bunched OC squad on Monday, firing a 4-over-par 76 on the 5,964-yard course to put her in a tie for 10th in the 89-woman field. Goodwin trailed the leader by four shots.

Sophomore Abigail Rigsby (77) was tied for 14th, while freshman Felicity Wittenberg posted a 78 in her first collegiate round and was tied for 21st. Junior Elizabeth Freeman (79) was right behind, tied for 27th.

Freshman Shaley Goad shot an 86 and was tied for 67th, while sophomore Ashton Nemecek (playing as an individual) was tied with Freeman with a 79.

Here are the complete first-round results.

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