SWOSU second, UCO third, NSU sixth in Central Region Preview

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OLATHE, Kan. – Southwestern Oklahoma State finished second, Central Oklahoma jumped from sixth to third and Northeastern Oklahoma State wound up sixth in the  Central Region Preview on Wednesday.

SWOSU shot 21-over 309 Wednesday and finished with an overall stroke count of 598 (+22) for the tournament.

Elin Wahlin shot a team best 2-over 74 while both Gloria Choi and Jenna Eidem finished with a 78. Emily Folsom posted a 79 and Chloe Thackeray shot 80.

Coming into the final round, Augustana (S.D.) trailed SWOSU by two strokes but quickly erased the deficit and went on to win the preview by 10 strokes. Hannah Hankinson was the individual champion from Augustana, carding scores of 69-70.

UCO improved its score by eight shots in the second round to jump from sixth to third. Sydney Roberts led the way, bouncing back from an opening 81 with a 72 to tie for 16th. Three Bronchos tied for 19th at 154 in Marla Souvanassing (78-76), Makena Mucciaccio (75-79) and Anna Pool (78-76).

NSU carded a two-day total at 621 and scored a 321 in the final 18-holes, 19 shots higher than its Tuesday finish.  Of the five NSU players, Lexi Armon was the lone player who had a better score and picked up a shot, but ultimately finishing tied for 27th place with a 157 (79-78).

Kelsey Lumpkin and Ebba Moberg both placed tied for 12th on the individual leaderboard with a 152.   Lumpkin would score a 79 with Moberg a shot higher in the Wednesday round.  Kennedy Hudson scored a 160 (77-83) and was tied for 38th place in her first tournament in the NSU lineup.  Halie Wright rounded out the NSU five with a 170 (81-89).

The RiverHawks will have a short turnaround and they will return to the action for their home tournament on Sept. 11-12 for the 19th running of the NSU Classic at the Cherokee Springs Golf Club in Tahlequah.

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