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Colson and Oesch shine in Shawnee
Tue, Apr. 11, 2017 - MWG

The UST women's golf team hit the links at the St. Gregory's University Spring Cavalier Classic on April 3rd -4th in Shawnee, Oklahoma. UST was represented by Katy Colson (SR/Gatesville, Texas), Andrea Lopez-Crespo (JR/The Woodlands, Texas) and Nicki Oesch (SR/Sugar Land, Texas) all competing as individuals.

The tournament was held on the 5800 yd. Shawnee C.C. The course played long due to recent rains which made for tough scoring. St. Thomas was the defending champion, but due to only having 3 players competing, was not eligible for the team event. Katy Colson was the defending individual champion. Colson and Oesch played well and ended up tying for 1st place individually, with scores of 158 for 36 holes. Oesch was the individual leader after day one with a 79, and Colson was in 3rd place with an 82. Lopez-Crespo shot an 88, and was in 9th place. On day two, Colson played a stronger round, making three birdies on her way to a tournament low 76. Oesch shot another 79, and Lopez-Crespo shot an 89. Colson and Oesch both finished with two day totals of 158, to tie for first individually with Andi McGill of St. Gregory's University. The three players went into a sudden death playoff to determine the individual champion and 2nd and 3rd place. On the first hole all three players made par. On the par 3 second hole, Colson hit a good 6 iron fifteen feet from the pin, and Oesch hit a 7 iron to the far right side of the green, leaving a long putt for birdie. McGill hit a poor shot short of the green. On their second shots, McGill hit a good pitch shot to ten feet, Oesch ran her par putt 8 feet past the hole, and Colson just missed making her birdie and settling for a par three. McGill made her putt to tie Colson, and Oesch's putt slid by the right side of the hole, and she was eliminated from the playoff with a bogey and finished 3rd individually.  On the 3rd hole, McGill made a par and Colson bogeyed to end the playoff with McGill as the individual champion and Colson as the runner up. The Celts will be back in action on April 24-25 at the Sooner Conference Championship in Oklahoma City.