Special to The Sun
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Taylor Neidy’s two-over-par 73 paced Central Oklahoma on the first day of the RCB Bank Classic Monday at breezy Lincoln Park Golf Course.
The Bronchos are in fifth place, but trail by just four shots after an opening 300 at the 6,020-yard, par-71 East Course. Dallas Baptist and St. Edward’s share the lead in the 17-team tournament at 296, followed by Newman (297), Southwestern Oklahoma (298) and UCO.
Final-round action begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, with the Bronchos going off on holes 4, 5 and 6 in the shotgun start.
Neidy led the way with her 73, Lindsey Bensch shot 74, Aly Seng 76, Katie Bensch 77 and Erica Bensch 79. Tressa Brumley had an 81 playing as an individual medalist.
“We gave away a lot of shots with silly mistakes and can’t keep doing that,” UCO coach Michael Bond said. “We’re still right in the thick of things, but we need to come out really focused tomorrow and quit hurting ourselves with mental errors.”
Neidy had three birdies in an up-and-down front nine to make the turn at even-par 36 and then birdied the par-3 10th hole. She gave that shot back on the par-4 12th and remained even until running into trouble and double bogeying the par-4 16th.
The junior standout bounced back to par her last two holes for the 73 that has her tied for seventh in the individual standings, three shots out of the lead.
Lindsey Bensch was four over after six holes and then made three birdies in an eight-hole stretch before bogeying two of her last three holes for the 73 that has her tied for 15th.