Okla. Christian second at Cru Invite
Arrese Cortadellas finishes one shot out of individual honors
KILLEEN, Texas -- Three Oklahoma Christian golfers placed in the top five individually and the Lady Eagles finished second as a team in the Mary Hardin-Baylor Spring Invitational.
OC’s Anna Arrese Cortadellas, in her first collegiate tournament, fired her second consecutive 75 on the par-72, 5,818-yard course to finish second at 150, one shot behind the medalist, Judy Papenfus of Western Texas Community College.
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Playing in rain and winds that gusted up to 35 mph, OC’s Morgan Dockery, who led after the tournament’s opening round, shot a 79 and tied for third with Western Texas’ Maria Palacios at 152. OC’s Sarah Harper closed with a 76 and tied for fifth at 154.
Western Texas won the tournament with a team score of 612, nine shots ahead of OC at 621. Wayland Baptist was third at 636 and another of OC’s Sooner Athletic Conference rivals, Oklahoma Baptist was fifth at 680. A total of 10 teams played in the tournament, the first of the spring season for the Lady Eagles.
“The girls played very well for the conditions we played in,” OC coach Greg Lynn said. “Everyone grinded it out very well. I’m very proud of the girls. West Texas is a very strong women’s program and we hung with them. We are very positive about how we played and look forward to bringing a champion’s plaque home next tournament.”
The top-five finish was the first for Dockery at OC and the second for Harper.
As for OC’s other golfers, Catherine Odgers shot an 84 Tuesday to finish tied for 18th at 165 and Alyssa Schneider’s 95 gave her a two-round total of 180, tied for 37th. Playing unattached, OC’s Courtney Stuever fired an 86 to close at 170, tied for 25th.