Tulsa takes slim lead into final round of Dale McNamara Invitational

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TULSA, Okla. –– The Tulsa women golfers had a strong finish Monday and hold onto a three-stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final round at the Dale McNamara Invitational. The Hurricane shot rounds of 283-285 for an 8-under par 568 at the par-72 Golf Club of Oklahoma course.

Tulsa holds its three-stroke lead over fellow American Athletic Conference member South Florida. The Bulls made a strong showing with a 9-under round of 279 in the second round for a 5-under par 571 total. Colorado State (573), UTSA (574) and Sam Houston (583) round out the top five teams.

Oklahoma City University was in 12th place and Oral Roberts University in 14th place as the final round began Tuesday.

Four Hurricane players rank among the top-15 individuals, as junior Sydney Seigel is in fifth place with a 4-under par 140 total after rounds of 3-under 69 and 1-under 71. Sophomore Jenni Roller sits at 3-under 141 for sixth place, Allyn Stephens is in 11th place at 1-under 143 and Lilly Thomas has an even-par 144 score for 14th place.

Grace Kilcrease sits in 27th place with a 147 total, scoring rounds of 72 and 75.

The Hurricane carded an opening round 5-under 283 total to take a six-stroke lead over Colorado State heading into second round action of the day. Seigel led the way through the first 18 holes with a 3-under 69, while Tulsa’s four remaining golfers turned in even or better rounds. Thomas and Roller had 1-under 71 scores, while Stephens and Kilcrease scored even par 70s through the first 18 holes of the day.

Tulsa had three players also compete as individuals including Lovisa Gunnar in 42nd place, Hanna Robinett in 53rd place and Norah Seidel in 77th place.

The University of Oklahoma has two golfers playing as individuals. Seniors Nina Lang and Kaylee Vesely concluded the first two rounds tied for 14th (even, 144) and 18th (1-over, 145), respectively.

Lang tallied two birdies in the first round and recorded a 3-over 75. The Ingolstadt, Germany product fired a 3-under 69 in the second round, moving 20 spots into a tie for 14th.

Lang recorded her first birdie of the second round on her third hole and moved to 3-under through 11. After a one-stroke setback on the ninth, Lang ended her round with a birdie on the 13th.

Vesley finished 2-over 74 through her first 18 and fired a 1-under 71 in round two. The Austin, Texas product tallied four birdies in her opening round and topped her tally with five in the second.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday with the final 18 holes.


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