SWOSU, Rogers State punch tickets to Division II nationals, Oklahoma Christian plays final event

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Southwestern Oklahoma State and Rogers State University finished 2-3 behind Henderson State in  the 2024 NCAA Division II Central Region Championship at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville Wednesday and in doing so, secured spots at the national Division II championship.

The schools will now prepare to travel to Winter Garden, Fla. to compete in the National Championships at the Orange County National Golf Resort on May 21-25.

For two other Oklahoma schools, the regional marked the end of their 2023-24 seasons. Northeastern State University finished in seventh place and Central Oklahoma placed eighth.

SWOSU entered Wednesday’s third and final round with a four-stroke lead after shooting the lowest team score in each of the first two rounds before Henderson State overtook them in the final 18 holes of play.  Rebecca Lau finished fourth at 6-over 22 and Freya Salawho tied for fifth at 223.

Megan Brown finished tied for 14th at 228,  Ashlyn Acosta tied for 20th at 232 and Drew Dodgion tied for 35th at 240.

Rogers State punched its ticket thanks largely to the individual champion Lydia Sitorus, who shot rouinds of 72-71-71 to finish at 2-under and win the individual title by five shots over Ellen Spigner of Arkansas Tech, who was playing as an individual. She is the first Hillcat to win a regional championship since Jessica Green won in 2021. The junior from Bitung, Indonesia made eight birdies and an eagle.

Marelda Ayal finished in 10th place at 9-over 225. Brianna Maddux and Kristin Gudmundsdottir both finished in a four-way tie for 25th with two cards of 236. Jessica Osden finished her second round, after subbing in for Lauren Anderson on the second day, with a 77.

In the West Regional in Stockton, Calif., Oklahoma Christian finished seventh and did not advance. That will be the final tournament for the team as the school earlier announced that it will discontinue women’s golf as a program following the conclusion of the 2023-24 season. OC had a strong history of success in women’s golf.


 

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