Heavy rains waterlogged the Apple Rock Golf Course as it hosted the Heartland Conference Championship and, the Lady Eagles finished sixth in the drenched obstacles, led by senior Audrey Meisch.
The Monday-Tuesday tournament cut the number of holes in half in order for golfers to complete the championship before being rained out.
“The tournament didn’t go how we anticipated it, mainly because it got cut from 36 to 18 holes because of the rain,” Meisch said. “The course actually handled the rain well because it dried up a bit by the next day. So, in that regard, the course conditions weren’t too tough. It also helped that we played the ball up each shot.”
Meisch and teammates Kate Goodwin, Allison Sell and India Matthews competed in only three holes on Monday while Elizabeth Freeman played six. The Lady Eagles placed third out of the nine teams on Monday with a combined 3-over-par score.
On Tuesday, Meisch said she was proud of the team “for grinding it out and never giving up” despite falling back to sixth place. Meisch finished in a tie for ninth place in the 50-woman field with 76 strokes. Sell completed the 5,942-yard course with a 78 followed by Goodwin with a 79, good enough for ties at 16th and 23rd place, respectively.
Freeman tied for 32nd after hitting an 83 and Matthews shot an 85 to tie at 36th place. The team recorded a combined 316 strokes, trailing winner St. Mary’s University by 20 shots.
The Lady Eagles will wait until Friday, when the NCAA Division II West Super Regional Championship qualifiers are announced. Meisch said that until the regional qualifiers are posted she doesn’t consider her final season to be completed.
“Yes I am a senior, but it’s possible that we will make it to regionals in a few weeks, whether it’s the whole team that qualifies or just me,” Meisch said. “Either way I am sad that college golf is coming to an end because it’s been a great run these last four years.”
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.