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Lady Eagles sign off with fourth place finish

Photo by: Henoc Kivuye


The women of the Oklahoma Christian University golf team teed off for their final tournament of the season earlier this week.

Sophomore Anna Arrese Cortadellas helped the team finish strong with her second-place effort, which put the team in fourth overall.

Fair weather came to greet the players for their first rounds in the Southwest Classic on Monday — a welcome change, according to junior Catherine Odgers.

“These conditions were definitely easier to play in than what we’ve been in the last few tournaments,” Odgers said. “We’ve had a lot of issues with wind in general this season.”

The Lady Eagles took advantage of the favorable conditions over the first day of the competition. Cortadellas shot an even-par 72, putting her in first place going into the second day of the tournament.

Freshman Audrey Meisch also came out strong with one of her best round scores on record. She went into the second day tied for 10th place with a score of 74.

Her progress has not gone unnoticed by coach Greg Lynn.

“She’s getting better and better,” Greg Lynn said. “She’s been able to get at least one top-finishing round per tournament, and that’s pretty impressive for a freshman to achieve.”

Overall, the team posted a total score of 302 on the first day.

The Lady Eagles sat at second place, two strokes behind Dallas Baptist University and five ahead of Northwood University.

Tournament organizers set nine extra holes to be played after the normal round on Monday. Only half of the second round would take place early Tuesday due to bleak weather forecasts for the afternoon.

The Lady Eagles finished in fourth place overall for their final tournament with a total score of 610.

The Dallas Baptist Patriots won the tournament with an overall team score of 599.

The Northwood Knights finished in third place with their final score of 608, just two strokes ahead of the Lady Eagles.

Arrese Cortadellas shot her second even par of the tournament with a 72 in the final round.

Arrese Cortadellas lost a playoff match for medalist honors to Mercedes Rios of Dallas Baptist after the two shared a lead following  36 holes. She took second in the individual scores and helped earn the Lady Eagles their fourth-place finish.

Odgers shot a 77 during the second round to tie for the 24th spot in individual scoring. Meisch ended her second round with an 84, leaving her tied for 27th place at the end of the tournament.

Two seniors played their last collegiate tournament on the Tierra Verde Golf Course.

Senior Morgan Dockery shot a 90 during her second round to finish in 51st place.

Senior Sarah Harper closed out her collegiate career with a two round total of 151. She ended the day in ninth place individually. The Southwest Classic marked the end of the Lady Eagles’ season.

The Eagles men’s golf team was scheduled to participate in the Central Oklahoma Invitational this past week. However, poor weather conditions eventually cancelled the event — something coach David Lynn has dealt with many times in the past.

“I can probably count on two hands how many times we’ve actually played in rainy weather,” David Lynn said. “ In Oklahoma you almost never get rain without thunderstorms, and that is not something that I want my guys playing in.”

The Eagles play early next week in the Dallas Baptist Classic. The tournament is April 8 at the Hackberry Golf Club in Irving, Texas.

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