OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 8, 2013) – Two amazing streaks connected with OC’s women’s golf program continued Tuesday – although the Lady Eagles could be forgiven for wishing one of them would end soon.
Anna Arrese Cortadellas fired an even-par 71 in the final round of the RCB UCO Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s East Course, allowing the OC sophomore to finish fourth and keep alive her perfect record of top-10 finishes in collegiate tournaments. The junior from Barcelona, Spain, now is 20-for-20.
But the Lady Eagles, who entered the final round with a five-shot lead after setting a school record for low team score on Monday, quickly gave up that advantage and finished second, 15 shots behind tournament host and NCAA Division II No. 10-ranked Central Oklahoma.
It was the 12th time the Lady Eagles have finished second in a tournament since the program began in fall 2011 – meaning OC will have to continue to wait for that elusive first team win.
“The girls did not play well today,” OC coach Greg Lynn said. “Anna came back with a good score of 71. The rest of the girls seemed to struggle. Putting was the big issue for them. Everybody had the same windy conditions. The greens were fast. No real excuses. We just didn’t play well today, although we made some steps forward here.”
Arrese Cortadellas, who was in danger of having her streak end after a first-round 75 on Monday, displayed her usual steady game in the second round and finished at 146, five shots behind the medalist, Chantry McMahan of Texas A&M-Commerce.
But in the windy conditions, most of Arrese Cortadellas’ teammates struggled, at least by the OC program’s high standards. Freshman India Matthews, in contention for top honors after the first round, shot an 80 on the 6,023-yard course and finished at 150, tied for 12th. The story was the same for sophomore Audrey Meisch, who also fired an 80 and closed at 151, tied for 17th in the 98-woman field.
Dana Todd, playing at the No. 5 position, posted a second straight 78 and finished tied for 34th at 156. Another freshman, Allison Sell, shot an 84 and was tied for 45th at 160.
UCO closed with a 289 to finish at 586, while OC’s team score of 309 put the Lady Eagles at 601, five shots better than third-place Arkansas Tech. On the bright side for OC, the Lady Eagles beat three ranked teams – No. 20 Arkansas Tech, No. 17 Newman (Kan.), which finished fifth at 612, and No. 25 Northeastern State, which tied for sixth at 614.
The Lady Eagles also beat Cameron and Southwestern Oklahoma State, which were 26th and 29th, respectively, in the balloting for the most recent Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division II coaches’ poll. OC was 30th in the balloting for that poll.
“We’re still moving forward,” Lynn said. “This team has got three freshmen on it and one sophomore. We’re very young. They’re gaining tournament experience. They came out and got a lead in a really strong field like that. It was the first time we ever really accomplished that. There are a lot of positives to take forward.”
Three Lady Eagles also played as individuals in the tournament. Alyssa Schneider tied for 59th at 164 after shooting an 84, Mindy Stafford tied for 73rd at 169 after shooting an 86 and Emery Rakestraw tied for 82nd at 172 after shooting an 84.
OC’s final tournament of the fall season will be in two weeks, when the Lady Eagles travel to Panama City Beach, Fla., to play in the National Christian College Athletic Association Invitational.
“These girls have so much potential,” Lynn said. “We have not even scratched the surface on what they can do. “