WICHITA FALLS, Texas (March 19, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s Anna Arrese Cortadellas prevailed in a playoff to pick up her fifth career individual win, leading the Lady Eagles to a third-place finish Tuesday in the Midwestern State Invitational.
Arrese Cortadellas, a sophomore from Barcelona, shot a 2-over-par 74 at Wichita Falls Country Club to tie with Hee-Leina Kim of Colorado State-Pueblo atop the leaderboard. Both players parred the first playoff hole, but Kim bogeyed the second hole while Arrese Cortadellas recorded another par.
Arrese Cortadellas, who posted five birdies on Tuesday, has won five of the 14 college tournaments in which she’s played – an astounding 35.7-percent clip – and has never finished outside the top 10.
In the team race, OC posted a second-day score of 318 to finish at 635, 12 shots behind the winning team, NCAA Division II No. 8-ranked Midwestern State. No. 12 Central Oklahoma was second at 632, followed by OC. The Lady Eagles tied for the tournament lead in birdies with 16.
The unranked Lady Eagles topped a pair of ranked squads – No. 19 Southwestern Oklahoma State, which was ninth at 653, and No. 20 Newman (Kan.), which tied for fourth at 643. OC beat the four other Heartland Conference squads in the 18-team tournament – Newman, Arkansas-Fort Smith (11th at 660), St. Mary’s (Texas) (15th at 689) and Texas A&M International (18th at 769).
OC senior Sarah Harper shot an 81 on the 5,875-yard course and finished tied for eighth in the 97-woman field at 157. Audrey Meisch fired a 77 – 11 shots better than the first round – and finished tied for 36th at 165.
Morgan Dockery’s 86 gave her a two-day score of 172, good for 62nd place, while Catherine Odgers posted a 90 and was tied for 63rd at 173.