EDMOND, Okla. (March 10, 2014) – As Oklahoma Christian looks to earn respect in the world of NCAA Division II golf this spring, the Lady Eagles started the season in solid fashion on Monday.
Led by freshman Allison Sell, OC posted a team score of 316 and was tied for fourth after the first round of the power-packed Kickingbird Classic at Kickingbird Golf Course.
OC trailed tournament leader – and Division II No. 16-ranked – Arkansas Tech by 10 shots and was six shots behind NAIA No. 3-ranked Oklahoma City University and host Central Oklahoma, which is ranked No. 7 in Division II. The Lady Eagles were tied with No. 23 Northeastern State.
After one round on the par-70 course, OC was ahead of five teams that received votes in the most recent Division II coaches’ poll – Southwestern Oklahoma State, Drury (Mo.), Lindenwood (Mo.), Nebraska-Kearney and Northwest Missouri State. OC, in the second year of the Division II membership process, did not receive any votes in the poll despite beating several top-25 squads head-to-head during the fall season.
Sell played one of the best rounds of her young career, shooting a 6-over 76 to stand in a tie for fifth with Arizona Chin of Northeastern State, four shots behind the co-leaders, Elia Folch of OCU and Taylor Niedy of UCO.
OC junior Anna Arrese Cortadellas was tied for 12th in the 96-woman field after firing a 78. Freshman India Matthews gave the Lady Eagles three players in the top 20, as she stood tied for 17th at 79.
Sophomore Audrey Meisch was tied for 36th at 83 and freshman Dana Todd was tied for 55th at 86.
Three OC players competed as individuals – Alyssa Schneider, Emery Rakestraw and Mindy Stafford. Schneider shot an 88 and was tied for 64th, Rakestraw shot a 92 and was tied for 74th and Stafford was tied for 79th after shooting a 94.
The tournament’s final round will be played on Tuesday.