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Lady Eagles golf takes third in final tournament before conference

Lady Eagles’ golf senior Audrey Meisch claimed third place at the April 11-12 O-City Spring Classic, and led her team in a second-place finish in its final regular-season tournament before the Heartland Conference Championship.

Chaise Lucero said the tournament’s location, Oklahoma City’s Lincoln Park Golf Club, influenced the team’s success because of its proximity to school.

“We get to sleep in our own bed and it’s easier for all family members to come out,” Lucero said.

Nevertheless, Lucero said the team could have improved its performance during the tournament.

“I felt like everyone had their moments throughout the tournament, but no one played flat-out outstanding,” Lucero said. “We can always use overall improvement.”

In the two-day, three-round tournament Meisch shot three consecutive 73s for a total of 219, six strokes ahead of teammate Kate Goodwin, who tied at ninth after posting 71, 72 and 82.

Lady Eagles Allison Sell (78, 73, 79) and Elizabeth Freeman (78, 76, 76) tied for 20th at 230 strokes. India Matthews rounded out the Lady Eagles with hits of 83, 77 and 75 on the par-72 Lincoln Park Golf Club East Course. Matthews tied for 29th out of 71 women at 235.

Dana Todd, Mindy Stafford and Lucero competed as individuals in the tournament. Todd recorded strokes of 82 and 84 on Monday followed by a 78 on Tuesday to end in a tie for 42nd with 244.

Stafford claimed a tie for 51st after posting a pair of 83s on the 5,942-yard course and then an 86, totaling 252 strokes. Lucero hit 92, 93 and 85 to finish in 68th place at 270.

The top five Lady Eagles combined their scores to 897 after the final round to stand as runner-up to McLennan Community College in the 11-team field.

The Lady Eagles will compete in the Heartland Conference Championship on April 18 and 19 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

“Hopefully we can finish real well at that tournament and move on to the next round,” Lucero said. “We need to finish well at this tournament.”

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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