Special to The Sun
AMARILLO, Texas —
Oklahoma City University captured its third consecutive conference title in the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships April 22 at the Tascosa Golf Club’s LaPaloma Course.
The Stars’ Elia Folch, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, won her second SAC individual crown in a row. Oklahoma City, ranked second in the NAIA, picked up its 12th league championship in 14 years.
Folch joined Emily Albrektson and Laura Jones of OCU as two-time SAC individual champions and players of the year. Albrektson took the 2004 and 2005 NAIA Region VI and league crowns, while Jones won the SAC individual title in 2009 and 2010.
Folch’s 73-73—146 overcame Fariza Zain of Northwood (Texas) by three shots. Zain led after the first 18 holes by one stroke. Folch made par 21 times and birdied six holes and notched her fourth win of the season and fifth of her career.
Oklahoma City fired a 300-309—609 for the 16-shot win over 16th-ranked Northwood, which had a 309-314—623. No. 18 Texas Wesleyan carded 336-313—649.
The defending national champion Stars advanced to the NAIA Championships May 20-23 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb. OCU owns national titles won in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
“I am extremely proud of this group,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “The conditions were tough today, and they all fought through the adversity well. I’m also very proud of Elia. She is a very deserving conference champion.”
Oklahoma City’s Caroline Goodin finished third with a 74-77—151. Northwood’s Daniela Martinez took fourth, while Natalie Ugalde of Wayland Baptist (Texas) finished fifth to be all-SAC.
Goodin, a freshman from Oklahoma City who attended Deer Creek High School, buried five birdies and made 21 pars among the 36 holes. Goodin became the SAC Freshman of the Year, while McCauley took SAC coach of the year for the second year in a row.
Anna Mikish, a freshman from Choctaw, posted a 74-81—155 to finish sixth for the Stars. Katie-Lee Wilson, a freshman from Owasso, supplied Oklahoma City University with an 81-78—159 to tie for eighth.
Kailey Campbell, a freshman from Oktaha, tied for 13th with a 79-82—161. OCU individual Abby Thompson shot a 82-77—159.
The day started with 52-degree temperatures and 9 mph wind. By midday, the conditions were 73 degrees with 24 mph wind gusts. The temperature climbed to 83 degrees with wind gusts up to 31 mph.