UCO hopes for best ever finish in Division II Championship

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ALLENDALE, Mich. (May 15) – Central Oklahoma is clinging to a top-four finish as the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships head into the final round.

The Bronchos shot a 314 Friday and have a 934 total after three trips around the 6,193-yard, par-72 Meadows Golf Course on the campus of Grand Valley State.

Indianapolis leads the 12-team field at 913, followed by Rollins (924), Lynn (925), UCO and Tarleton State (935).  Final-round play begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday, with the Bronchos starting at 8:40.

Bethany Darrough led UCO with a 76, while Katie Bensch shot 78, Marla Souvannasing 80, Daniela Martinez 80 and Lindsey Bensch 89.

"The course was playing tough today and we struggled early," head coach Michael Bond said. "We battled hard and I’m proud that we hung in there the way we did.  We’ve got a chance to have our best national tournament finish and just need to be ready to go tomorrow."

UCO, which has won nine of 12 tournaments this year, came in a best-ever sixth in the 2014 national tournament.

Katie Bensch is tied for 11th in the individual standings with a 231 total, while Darrough is tied for 15th (232) and Souvannasing tied for 17th (233).

Darrough led the Bronchos for the second straight day with her 76.  The Kingfisher senior had seven pars, one birdie and one bogey in shooting an even-par 37 on the front nine before coming back with a 39.

Katie Bensch had a front-nine 40 and then rallied with a closing 38, making eight straight pars before double bogeying No. 18.

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