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Lady Eagles seize 6-shot lead after 1st round at Battle at Primm

OC’s Morgan Dockery celebrates after recording a rare double eagle during Monday’s first round of the Battle at Primm. Dockery shot a 76 and was tied for fifth, helping the Lady Eagles to a six-shot lead.

PRIMM, Nev. (March 26, 2012) – With three golfers in the top 10 – including tournament leader Anna Arrese Cortadellas – Oklahoma Christian swept to the lead Monday after the first round of the Battle at Primm at Primm Valley Golf Club.

On a windy day, OC, ranked 16th in the NAIA, posted a team score of 304 – the Lady Eagles’ lowest of the school year – and stood six shots better than No. 4 British Columbia. No. 19 Wayland Baptist (Texas) was third at 316 while No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University was fourth at 317.

Eleven of the 14 teams in the field are ranked in the NAIA top 25, but OC coach Greg Lynn said he likes the Lady Eagles’ chances of finishing off what would be the first tournament win in the program’s brief history. This is the first spring season for OC’s women’s golf program.

“All the girls played real smart,” Lynn said. “It was windy but they hit the smart shots. I believe we have just scratched the surface. We can play better.”

Arrese Cortadellas, a freshman, fired a 1-under-par 72 on the 5,925-yard course to finish with a two-shot lead over Sarah Helly of Wayland Baptist. OC’s Sarah Harper was tied for third with Morgan Matchett of Wayland Baptist at 75.

The shot of the day for the Lady Eagles, however, belonged to Morgan Dockery, who posted a rare double eagle 2 on the par-5, 485-yard No. 11 hole, using a 3-wood on her second shot. Dockery finished with a 76 and was tied for fifth.

Catherine Odgers was tied for 21st after shooting an 81, and OC’s No. 5 player, Courtney Stuever, shot a 93 and was tied for 58th.

The tournament’s final round will be Tuesday.