OCU takes record victory in O-City Classic

Photo courtesy OCU Sports Info.

Photo courtesy OCU Sports Info.

OCU Sports
Rich Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University broke the school record for margin of victory with a 43-shot win in the O-City Classic on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

The Stars, ranked third in NAIA women’s golf, produced a 298-296-292–886 to finish ahead of a field that included two ranked teams and three rated junior-college teams. Caroline Goodin paced OCU by taking her third career tournament victory.

Goodin, a senior from Oklahoma City, turned in a 74-73-70–217 to edge Cassidy Evreniadis of Iowa Western by one shot on the par-72, 5,950-yard east course. Texas Wesleyan, ranked 10th, finished second with a 316-305-308–929. Goodin closed out the victory by firing in eight birdies in the last round. She sank five birdies of her 14 birdies in the tournament on the back nine.

Goodin and her fellow seniors played their final college tournament on their home course. OCU scooped up its third victory of the season. The Stars’ previous high for margin of victory came in a 32-stroke win in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Oct. 17-18, 2016 at Lincoln Park.

“I couldn’t have asked for five better individuals,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “It’s a very special group. They’re wonderful kids. They’ve excelled athletically, academically and socially, which you can’t ask more for them to do all three. The legacy they leave going forward to the next generation of Oklahoma City University women’s golf players will be everlasting. They’ve set the bar really high and have done a wonderful job advancing that. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The Stars’ Anna Mikish and Savannah Moody finished tied for fifth. Mikish, a senior from Choctaw, Okla., posted a 74-73-76–223 boosted by an eagle on the par-5, 455-yard fifth hole Tuesday. Mikish knocked in a birdie on the par-4, 325-yard 14th hole to end with eight birdies.  Moody, a junior from Aledo, Texas, provided the Stars with a 73-77-73–223. Moody buried 11 birdies over the tournament’s 54 holes.

Kailey Campbell produced a ninth-place 79-75-73–227 for Oklahoma City. Campbell, a senior from Oktaha, Okla., hammered in an eagle on the par-5, 480-yard 15th hole along with six birdies. Melissa Eldredge, a freshman from Eufaula, Okla., tied for 10th with a 77-75-76–228, knocking in five birdies along the way.

OCU’s Emma Allen carded a 77-75-73–225 for an eighth-place showing competing as an individual. Allen, a junior from Broken Arrow, Okla., made par 35 times the past two days. The Stars’ Raegan Barnes, a senior from Choctaw, Okla., tied for 14th with an 84-74-73–231 also playing unattached.
Other Stars playing as individuals were Regan McQuaid and Katie-Lee Wilson. McQuaid, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., had an 80-82-86–248, and Wilson, a senior from Owasso, Okla., shot 86-79-85–250.
The temperature on the course went from 48 degrees at the start of the round to 73 degrees. Wind blew from 9-12 mph throughout the day.

The Stars take aim at their sixth consecutive conference title in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships on April 24-25 at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.