FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 10, 2013) – Audrey Meisch showed much potential as a freshman on Oklahoma Christian’s women’s golf team last season. That potential now is starting to be fulfilled.
The sophomore from Andover, Kan., won medalist honors for the first time as a collegian on Tuesday, firing an even-par 72 in the season-opening Hawks Creek Invitational to finish at 144, good for a two-shot win over Jacqueline Strickland of Cameron at Hawks Creek Golf Club.
Meisch led OC, which posted a second-round team score of 301, to a second-place team finish. OC, Cameron and Incarnate Word (Texas) all tied at 598, but Cameron prevailed on the first playoff hole. It was OC’s 10th runner-up tournament finish in the program’s history.
Meisch is the third woman in OC golf history to win an individual title, joining Anna Arrese Cortadellas (who’s won five times) and Morgan Dockery. Her 72 matched the best round of her career – which she shot Monday – and allowed her to make up a two-shot deficit entering the round.
“Audrey played fantastic,” OC coach Greg Lynn said. “We are so excited about the future of the program.”
Two other OC golfers finished in the top 10. Freshman India Matthews overcame illness to shoot a 75 on the 6,043-yard layout, finishing tied for third at 148, while Arrese Cortadellas tied for eighth at 150 after shooting a 77. The junior from Barcelona kept alive her remarkable streak of never having finished outside the top 10 in any event.
Another freshman, Allison Sell, shot a 77 – a seven-stroke improvement over the first round – and finished tied for 26th in the 53-woman field at 161. Freshman Dana Todd fired an 83 and closed at 162, tied for 28th.
“Anna didn’t have her best today but still brought in a good score,” Lynn said. “India played well despite being sick. Dana put in a good effort and Allison stepped up today and gave us a score when we had to have it.”