Arrese Cortadellas wins as Lady Eagles break team scoring record

Sarah Harper looks at her ball while lining up a putt on No. 4 at Lincoln Park East on Tuesday during the final round of the RCB Bank Classic.
Sarah Harper looks at her ball while lining up a putt on No. 4 at Lincoln Park East on Tuesday during the final round of the RCB Bank Classic.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 2, 2012) – Anna Arrese Cortadellas won her second straight tournament and Oklahoma Christian set a program record for lowest team score on Tuesday in the RCB Bank Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s East Course.

Arrese Cortadellas fired a 1-under-par 70 on the 6,023-yard course to edge a trio of players by one shot for medalist honors. She also won top honors last week in the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational in Litchfield Park, Ariz., and was second in OC’s opening tournament of the fall, the Hawks Creek Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

Her 70 matched the best round fired this season by a Heartland Conference player and came on the same day she was named as the NCCAA’s women’s golf student-athlete of the week for her performance in Arizona.

“The better she plays, the better I coach,” OC coach Greg Lynn said. “She’s always consistent. She hit the ball real straight. If she ever has a really good day, you’re going to see her shoot in the low 60s. She’s that good.”

Meanwhile, her teammates helped post the program’s first sub-300 round, as the Lady Eagles finished with a team score of 297. Sarah Harper shot a 1-over 73, while Catherine Odgers posted a 76 and Morgan Dockery and Audrey Meisch each finished with a 78.

“We’re still improving,” Lynn said. “We have not even come close to our ability yet. Those girls shot 285 in a practice round. I know it doesn’t count because it’s a practice round, but it shows what they can do. Everybody basically improved from yesterday. These girls will bust 290 before the year is out.”

OC, which began the day in ninth in the team race, jumped two spots to finish seventh in the 17-team field at 603, 15 shots behind tournament winner St. Edward’s (Texas). Southwestern Oklahoma State was second at 594, six shots behind St. Edward’s, and was followed by Dallas Baptist (Texas), Newman (Kan.), Central Oklahoma and Harding (Ark.) .

“This was a real strong (NCAA) Division II field,” Lynn said. “For us to finish seventh in this field, not playing that good the first day, is a good sign. We had the third-lowest team score today. It shows we can compete with anybody.  We just have to do it. I’m excited about where we’re going.”

Arrese Cortadellas had a steady round, with 15 pars, two birdies and one bogey. One of her playing partners, co-first-round leader Rebekah Surtevall of Arkansas Tech, shot a final-round 74 and was among the trio a shot behind Arrese Cortadellas. Wallis Spears of St. Edward’s and Macie Seeker of Dallas Baptist were the others.

Harper finished tied for 13th in the 93-woman field at 149, with Odgers tied for 39th at 155, Dockery tied for 45th at 156 and Meisch tied for 61st at 159.

The Lady Eagles will return to Lincoln Park next week for the Oklahoma City University Stars Fall Classic, which will be played on the club’s West Course.