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Final holes again get Lady Eagles, who finish 5th in Southwest Classic

OC freshman India Matthews posted a second-place individual finish at the Southwest Classic.
OC freshman India Matthews posted a second-place individual finish at the Southwest Classic.

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 1, 2014) – On pace most of the way to beat a trio of strong NCAA Division II women’s golf teams, Oklahoma Christian again struggled down the stretch and finished fifth in the Southwest Classic, which ended Tuesday at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Apple Rock Golf Course.

The Lady Eagles played the tournament’s final three holes in a combined 15-over-par and posted a final-round score of 325, putting them at 640 for the tournament, 15 shots behind the team champion, No. 3-ranked Tarleton State (Texas).

No. 20 Midwestern State (Texas) was second at 637, while tournament host and No. 16 Dallas Baptist (Texas) tied with Newman (Kan.) – a squad one spot out of the top 25 in the most recent Division II coaches’ poll – for third in the nine-team field at 639.

Unranked OC had led most of the first round Monday before playing the final two holes in a combined 10-over on the par-72, 6,057-yard course.

OC freshman India Matthews just missed what would have been her first career tournament title, shooting an 80 to finish tied for second at 153, four shots behind the medalist, Sharon Lau of Tarleton State. Another OC freshman, Dana Todd, posted her first career top-10 finish, tying for eighth at 159 after shooting an 84.

But the most amazing streak in OC women’s golf history ended, as junior Anna Arrese Cortadellas tied for 23rd at 165 after shooting a 79. Arrese Cortadellas had finished in the top 10 in each of her first 23 college tournaments.

As for OC’s other players, sophomore Audrey Meisch fired an 83 to finish tied for 20th in the 45-woman field at 164, while freshman Allison Sell’s 83 left her at 172, in 31st place.