#9 in 2013 – Led by Arrese Corradellas and Meisch, Lady Eagles take 3rd in NCCAA
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of posts recapping the top stories in Oklahoma Christian athletics during the 2013 calendar year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 23, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s second-year women’s golf program continued to make major strides in 2013, led by one of the top players in the small-college ranks, Anna Arrese Cortadellas.
The Lady Eagles beat numerous ranked NCAA Division II foes and posted a string of top-three finishes, including one at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., while Arrese Cortadellas and her teammates accumulated numerous individual awards along the way.
The Lady Eagles’ individual and collective performances on the course were No. 9 on the list of top stories in OC athletics in 2013.
Although the program’s elusive first team win didn’t happen, the Lady Eagles finished second or third in all five of their fall tournaments after never finishing outside the top four in any of their five spring 2013 events. A difficult first round at the NCCAA Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., in October led to a third-place national finish behind Lee (Tenn.) and NCAA Division II power Dallas Baptist (Texas).
Arrese Cortadellas was far and away the best golfer in the Heartland Conference during the 2012-13 academic year, posting a stroke average 1.4 shots per round better than her nearest competition. Although the conference wouldn’t name her as its player of the year, she did receive first-team all-conference honors, while senior Sarah Harper was a second-team pick.
The Lady Eagles also posted the program’s first 1-2-3 individual finish during the spring season, with Morgan Dockery, Catherine Odgers and Harper taking the top three positions during the Diffee Ford-Lincoln Invitational in Edmond in early March. Dockery was named as the NCCAA student-athlete of the week after that.
Arrese Cortadellas took that same award a whopping six times during the 2012-13 campaign, then did so three more times during the fall 2013 season. She has never finished outside the top 10 in any of her 21 collegiate tournaments and earned All-America honors for a third straight year with a third-place finish at the NCCAA Championship.
Sophomore Audrey Meisch had a fall breakthrough as well, winning her first individual title in the Hawks Creek Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. She missed earning All-America honors at the NCCAA event by just one spot, finishing seventh.