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Women’s golf takes gold in local tournament

Despite rainy conditions, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s golf team took first place at the Diffee Ford-Lincoln Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

During the tournament, freshman Kate Goodwin won the individual title, the first of her collegiate career.

After the opening round of the invitational, Oklahoma Christian boasted a 12-stroke lead, taking it into the final round. Goodwin and fellow freshman Elizabeth Freeman led the Lady Eagles in the first day, shooting 72 and 75, respectively. Goodwin also held a two-shot lead in the individual race.

“I’m so proud of all the girls on the team for posting such good scores in bad conditions,” Goodwin said. “It was one of those days where you block everything out and just focus on your game.”

The other members of the Lady Eagle team stood right behind its leaders, as Allison Sell finished with a 76 during the first round and India Matthews and Audrey Meisch shot 77 and 78, respectively.

During the second day of the tournament, Goodwin and Meisch each shot a 72, with Matthews following with a 73. Freeman shot a 75 and Sell ended with a 78.

“We’re moving up in rankings and getting closer to conference, and I think this tournament was a good test of our ability,” Goodwin said. “If we can post good scores in these weather conditions, we can do it anywhere.”

Oklahoma Christian finished the two days with a team score of 592, placing first in the 14-team tournament.

The Lady Eagles will compete in the Hillcat Classic in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on March 28 and 29.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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