FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 9, 2013) – Sophomore Audrey Meisch shot an even-par 72 and stood tied for second individually, helping Oklahoma Christian take the lead Monday after the first round of the season-opening Hawks Creek Invitational.
OC posted a team score of 297 – matching the lowest score in the program’s history – and will have a two-shot lead over Incarnate Word (Texas) entering Tuesday’s final round. Cameron stood another shot back at 300 in the nine-team field.
OC will be seeking its first tournament team title after nine runner-up finishes during the program’s first two seasons. The Lady Eagles’ previous team score of 297 came last Oct. 2 during the final round of the RCB Bank Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s East Course in Oklahoma City.
Meisch’s score was two shots better than her previous best round, a 74 she shot on April 1 during the Southwest Classic at Tierra Verde Golf Club in nearby Arlington. She trailed Daniela Martinez of Northwood (Texas) by two shots and was tied with Flower Castillo and Maddy Buhler of Incarnate Word.
“I have been telling everyone that this girl can really golf her ball,” OC coach Greg Lynn said.
Meisch, who played most of last season as the Lady Eagles’ No. 4 or No. 5 player, was one of three OC players in the top five after the round at Hawks Creek Golf Club. Junior Anna Arrese Cortadellas and freshman India Matthews each shot a 73 on the 6,043-yard layout and stood tied for fifth.
Freshman Dana Todd was tied for 21st in the 53-woman field after shooting a 79, while OC’s fifth player, freshman Allison Sell, fired an 84 and was tied for 39th.
“The girls played OK,” Lynn said. “They feel that they can play better. They have not reached their potential. They are all sick with colds but they are a very capable group. I am proud of them.”