UCO wins second straight, SWOSU second, NSU fourth in RCB Bank Classic

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Final Results

EDMOND (Oct. 3) – Makena Mucciaccio and Marla Souvannasing both fired even-par 71s to lead Central Oklahoma to the team title in the UCO RCB Bank Classic Tuesday at the Golf Club of Edmond.

The Bronchos closed with a 292 to finish the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a 585 total in winning their second straight tournament.  Southwestern Oklahoma was six shots behind UCO in the 15-team field, followed by Arkansas Tech (604), Northeastern State (610) and Oklahoma Christian (612).

“You get out of your normal routine when you host and the coaching aspect kind of takes a back seat to putting on an event,” said 10th-year head coach Michael Bond, who picked up the 30th career win with the Bronchos.  “All the credit goes to the team and I’m so proud of them for the way they stepped up this week.

“One of their main goals this season was to win their home event and they did that.  We put two consecutive solid rounds together and played well.”

Four of UCO’s five individuals finished in the top 11, with Mucciaccio and Souvannasing tying for third at 144.  Anna Pool shot came in with a one-over 72 Tuesday to place seventh with a 147 total, Sydney Roberts tied for 11th at 160 after a closing 78 and Yuna Sato added a final-round 78.

J.T. Neuzil shot 81 and Mollie Pruett 91 playing as individuals.

The Bronchos wrap up the fall season in two weeks at the Regional Fall Preview in St. Joseph, Mo.

 Southwestern Oklahoma State remained in second despite three SWOSU top-10 finishers.

Chloe Thackeray was SWOSU’s top golfer for the second-consecutive tournament, totaling 3-over 144 through 36 holes and edging out teammate Gloria Choi‘s score by one stroke. Thackeray finished tied for third overall on the individual leaderboard with scores of 71 and 73, while Choi was sixth after carding a 72 and 73. Elin Wahlin was the Lady Dawgs other top-10 finisher, tying for eighth place at the event with a 149 (+7) score that included rounds of 75 and 74.

Jenna Eidem shot 153 overall after a 74. Emily Folsom finished at 157 while Tracy McGill, playing as an individual, turned in scores of 77 and 76 to total 153 (+11) for the event.

SWOSU now has two second-place finishes this fall, and one event win back on September 12 at the NSU Classic in Tahlequah. They will compete at the DBU Golf Classic in Dallas next Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 9-10) for the final event of the fall season.

 Northeastern State fired off its lowest round of the fall and climbed up to finish in fourth place. Lexi Armon paced the RiverHawks in the final round with a 71 and had four of NSU’s 12 birdies to tie for 14th place overall with a 151.

The RiverHawks finished Tuesday’s round with a 296 which was the third lowest score of the day to finish with a 610, leaping up three spots on the leaderboard.

Ebba Moberg matched Armon’s two-day score and had a 74 on Tuesday.  Sumie Francois shaved eight strokes from her first round score and had a 75 for a 38th place tie (83-75=158).  Halie Wright also dropped eight strokes and had a 76 on Tuesday which placed her tied for 45th on the leaderboard.  Kelsey Lumpkin who had NSU’s low round on Monday shot an 80 and was tied for 22nd place with a 154.

Northeastern State finished six shots back of Arkansas Tech for third place with Central Oklahoma winning the classic with a 585 team score.

The RiverHawks will close out the fall season on Oct. 9-10 at the Western Washington Invitational.

Oklahoma Christian stayed in neutral on Tuesday, moving neither up nor down the standings while finishing fifth at The Golf Club of Edmond.

The Lady Eagles’ final-round score of 304 was a four-shot improvement over their first round, but they finished at 612 for the tournament, two shots behind fourth-place Northeastern State.

OC’s top finisher was sophomore Abigail Rigsby, who had three birdies while shooting a 3-over-par 74 on the 5,892-yard course to close at 149, tied for eighth. It was the seventh top-10 finish and 13th top-20 finish for Rigsby in 15 collegiate events.

Sophomore Ashton Nemecek fired a 76, a two-shot improvement over Monday’s round, and tied for 22nd in the 88-woman tournament at 154. One shot behind, tied for 27th, were OC juniors Elizabeth Freeman and Kate Goodwin, who each shot a 77 on Tuesday.

Freshman Shaley Goad tied for 56th at 164 after shooting a final-round 87.

Three OC players competed as individuals, with freshman Felicity Wittenberg finishing the highest among that group at 150 after posting a final-round 80. Senior Chaise Lucero shot her second straight 87 and closed at 174, while freshman Taje Woods‘ 107 put her at 203 for the tournament.

OC will compete next Monday and Tuesday in the Dallas Baptist Classic at The Golf Club of Dallas.

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