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OC struggles at finish, but still 2nd after opening round in Southwest Classic

OC freshman Dana Todd shot a 75 and was in third place after the first round of the Southwest Classic.
OC freshman Dana Todd shot a 75 and was in third place after the first round of the Southwest Classic.

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (March 31, 2014) – A difficult finish only put a slight damper on what otherwise was a solid first round for Oklahoma Christian’s women’s golf team in the Southwest Classic on Monday at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Apple Rock Golf Club.

Led by India Matthews and Dana Todd – who stood first and third in the individual race – the Lady Eagles posted a team score of 315, placing them second in a stacked nine-team field that includes three NCAA Division II top-20 teams and two others that are receiving votes in the national coaches’ poll.

OC – which is unranked and not receiving votes – will enter Tuesday’s final round seven shots back of No. 3-ranked Tarleton State (Texas) and two shots ahead of No. 20 Midwestern State (Texas) and Newman (Kan.), which is one spot outside the Division II top 25. OC has an eight-shot lead over the tournament’s host, No. 16 Dallas Baptist (Texas).

The Lady Eagles led the tournament for most of Monday before struggling on the last two holes, playing No. 17 and No. 18 on the par-72, 6,057-yard course in a combined 10-over-par and falling behind Tarleton State.

Matthews, a freshman, shot a 73 to lead the field, recording four birdies in a span of eight holes in one stretch.

Todd – another freshman who’s been the Lady Eagles’ No. 5 player – was the big surprise, overcoming a pair of double bogeys to put herself in contention with a 75. She eagled the 513-yard No. 10 (one of only four eagles recorded among the 45-woman field) and had two birdies in a round that was the best of her young college career.

Audrey Meisch spent much of the day in the top 10 before finishing with an 81 to stand in a tie for 17th. OC’s usual No. 1 player, Anna Arrese Cortadellas, was tied for 28th after posting an 86 and will have work to do Tuesday to avoid finishing outside the top 10 for what would be the first time in 24 college tournaments.

Allison Sell, another OC freshman, was tied for 34th after shooting an 89.