Eagles and Lady Eagles both post top 12 finish

Kate Goodwin shoots 177 at the St. Mary's Lady Rattler Invite Feb. 15-16.
Photo by Murray Evans.

Kate Goodwin shoots 177 at the St. Mary's Lady Rattler Invite Feb. 15-16. Photo by Murray Evans.

Freshman Abigail Rigsby and sophomore Kate Goodwin both tied for 13th place as the Oklahoma Christian University women’s golf team placed eighth out 16 competing teams in the West Texas Desert Invitational April 3 and 4 in Tuscon, AZ.

Rigsby shot a first-round 78 and a 77 on the final day to finish with 155 in a tie for 13th. This was her fourth consecutive top-15 finish in an event for the Lady Eagles.

Also in 13th, Goodwin shot a first-round 74 before dropping back in the second round with an 81 to total 155. Senior Alison Sell finished in a tie for 47th place after a day-one 85 and final-round 80 to end with 165.

Other competitors for the Lady Eagles included freshman Ashton Nemecek, who shot a 79 and an 89 to tie for 59th place at 168, and sophomore Elizabeth Freeman, who ended the event tied for 66th with a first-round of 88 and final round of 85, putting her total at 173.

The men’s golf team traveled to Jonesboro, AR, to compete in the Red Wolf Intercollegiate April 3 and 4, where they finished tied for 11th place among 16 teams.

“I think we played well, but not up to the standards we hold for ourselves,” sophomore Ryan Trousdale said. “Some of these things come from inexperience and some of them come from a lack of discipline. I truly feel that the more rounds all of us play, the better results we will start to see and the less little things we will do wrong. If everybody could concentrate on cleaning up the small mistakes, I truly feel that we can play with about anyone in the country.”

Junior Eric Hill was the highest finisher for the Eagles. He tied for 29th place after shooting a 82, 75 and 70 in each of the three rounds to end at 227. In a tie for 39th place, sophomore Juan Pallach shot a 76 and 78 before closing with a 75 to finish with a 229.

Other players for the Eagles included sophomore Ethan Smith, who tied for 45th with a final of 231, Trousdale, who ended at 239 in a tie for 72nd and freshman Michael Robinson, who finished in a tie for 74th with 240.

Both teams will compete in the Heartland Conference Championship May 23-25 in Horseshoe Bay, TX.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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