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Lady Eagles finish fourth in fall opener

Behind sophomores Elizabeth Freeman and Kate Goodwin, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s golf team opened their 2016 fall season by finishing higher than any other NCAA Division II South Central Region team at the Northeastern State Golf Classic at Cherokee Springs Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles placed fourth out of 18 teams in the tournament, with a score of 617. They trailed tournament champion, Southwestern Oklahoma State University by eleven strokes, and finished four strokes behind third place University of Central Oklahoma.

During the first day of the tournament, Goodwin and Freeman each shot 5-over-par 77 on the course and ended up tied for 13th place out of the 98-woman field, five shots behind the leader, Emma Moberg from Northeastern State University.

At the end of the opening day, Oklahoma Christian University posted a total team score of 313, placing them in fourth. They finished 16 shots behind UCO, who posted a 329 for the first day.

“I think this fall season is going to test the waters for our spring season with this young roster,” Freeman said. “I look forward to competing and getting better as a team and getting better myself with each tournament this fall.”

Freshman Abigail Rigsby ended the first day of the tournament tied for 26th after shooting 79, while senior Allison Sell tied for 31st, posting an 80. Freshman Ashton Nemecek sat tied for 58th after shooting an 84.

During the second day of the tournament, Goodwin shot 72 par, including five birdies, and placed seventh, just three shots behind the individual champion, Northeastern’s Baylee Price.

Freeman ended the tournament in 13th place, shooting 154. Behind her, Rigsby improved by three-shots to finish with 155 in 14th. Sell and Nemecek finished 27th at 159 and 47th at 165, respectively.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Tulsa, OK to play against a NCAA Division I-heavy field in the Bob Hurley Shootout at MeadowBrook Country Club on Sept. 26 and 27.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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