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Lady Eagles drop to 6th, but still in contention at NAIA Championship

OC’s Catherine Odgers lines up a putt Wednesday during the second round of the NAIA Championship. Photo courtesy of the Greeneville Sun.

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (May 16, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian slid back three spots to sixth place on Wednesday but remained within striking distance of the leaders at the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship at Link Hills Country Club.

OC, which shot a season-best 302 in the first round, posted a 314 team score on Wednesday for a two-round score of 616, 12 shots behind the tournament leader, British Columbia.

In the individual standings, OC freshman Anna Arrese Cortadellas fired an even-par 73 on the 6,044-yard course and is at 1-over 147, tied for fifth, five shots behind the leader, Nikki Stewart of Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.).

British Columbia and second-place SCAD made the biggest moves in the team race. British Columbia, which was seventh after the first round, posted a 299 to jump into the lead, and SCAD fired the tournament’s best round so far, a 295, to go from 11th to second, one shot behind British Columbia.

First-round leader Shorter was third, one shot behind SCAD at 606. William Woods (Mo.) was fourth at 607 and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) was fifth at 612. OC’s Sooner Athletic Conference rival, No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University, jumped 10 spots to seventh, posting a 300 to sit at 618.

Arrese Cortadellas had four birdies and four bogeys during her round. OC’s Morgan Dockery, third after a 1-under 72 in the first round, followed up with a 78 and was tied for 12th at 150.

OC’s other three players also saw their score rise from the first round. Catherine Odgers was tied for 61st at 159 after shooting an 82 and Sarah Harper’s 81 left her tied for 67th at 160. Courtney Stuever shot an 86 and was tied for 110th at 170.

In the individual race, Stewart led Megan Woodland of Victoria (British Columbia) by one shot. Oklahoma City’s Jessica Schiele posted the tournament’s top round, a 5-under 68, to move from 38th to third at 145. Sunny Powers of Concordia (Ore.) was fourth at 146 and Arrese Cortadellas was another shot back, tied with Jamie Palermo of William Woods.