Lady Eagles miss out on elusive tournament title by 1 shot

Audrey Meisch posted her second top-five finish as a sophomore, helping OC finish second in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate.
Audrey Meisch posted her second top-five finish as a sophomore, helping OC finish second in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian thought it had done everything it needed to do Tuesday in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate to win the program’s first tournament title.

Then along came Chico State (Calif.).

Chico State, finishing after OC had already wrapped up its round, posted a sizzling 292 on the par-72, 5,995-yard course at Coldwater Golf Club, giving the Wildcats a two-day score of 613, one shot better than OC and Northeastern State.

It marked the 11th time in the OC program’s three-year history that the Lady Eagles finished as tournament runners-up.  OC had already won a scorecard playoff against NCAA Division II No. 22-ranked Northeastern State before Chico State finished its round, thinking that would decide the winner.

OC posed a second-round team score of 306, two shots better than its first-round total. Anna Arrese Cortadellas fired a 1-over 73 to finish tied for fourth at 150, the same as teammate Audrey Meisch, who closed with a 76. They finished three shots behind the winners, Audra Kepler and Arinda Bhanaraksa, both of California State-Monterey Bay.

Arrese Cortadellas has never finished outside the top 10 in any of her 19 collegiate tournaments, while Meisch posted her second top-five finish in three tournaments as a sophomore.

Freshman Allison Sell (78) and India Matthews (79) also turned in sub-80 rounds for OC. Sell finished tied for 16th at 154 while Matthews tied for 37th in the 91-woman field at 160. OC’s fifth player, Dana Todd, shot an 84 and tied for 52nd at 165.

Meanwhile, Chico State was able to count scores of 72, 72, 73 and 75 while making a 29-shot improvement over its first-round team total – just enough to close the gap and take the lead. First-round leader Western Washington, which entered the day six shots ahead of OC and Northeastern State, fell to fourth after posting a 315 team score.

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