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Women finish 3rd at Conference Championships
Tue, May 2, 2017 - Women's Golf

Women's Golf - Fri, Apr. 28th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY – The University of St. Thomas Women's Golf team finished 3rd out of 7 teams at the 2017 Sooner Athletic Conference Golf Tournament at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  St. Thomas became an official member of the SAC in women's golf  this fall due to the RRAC member institutions only having three schools who sponsor women's golf; UST, the University of the Southwest and UH-Victoria. The Sooner Athletic Conference is annually considered the best conference in the country in the sport of women's golf. 

St. Thomas Junior Nicki Oesch (SR/Sugar Land, Texas) finished 10th with a 36 hole score of 159 (83-76), while Senior Katy Colson (SR/Gatesville, Texas) ended up 16th at 164 (80-84). Rounding out the team this week were Juniors Andrea Lopez-Crespo (JR/The Woodlands, Texas) and Amy Hendrix (JR/Cleveland, Texas).

According to Lopez-Crespo it was a terrific experience; "It was a learning experience for our entire team. We had great time competing against the very best teams in the country on a beautiful, but difficult golf course. I think this is something we can use as a team to become better."

Colson finished a great two-year career at St. Thomas and will be tough to replace, but has raised the bar for future Celt golfers and helped earn respect from competing schools.

Oklahoma City University continued its hold on the Sooner Athletic Conference women's golf championship trophy after shooting rounds of 306 and 303 to win its sixth consecutive league title. The Stars finished 15 strokes in front of second-place Texas Wesleyan who finished with a 36-hole total of 624.

The SAC championship was held at the par-72, 5,819 yard Gallardia Country Club in far northwest Oklahoma City.  Alex Schies of Texas Wesleyan University won the individual medalist honors with a five-over score of 149 after rounds of 76 and 73. She finished one shot ahead of OCU's Anna Mikish who finished at six-over, 150.

A total of 40 individuals from eight different teams competed in the event.

Each of the top five individual finishers earned all-conference honors. In addition to Schies and Mikish., they are as follows:  Caroline Goodin, OCU, Melissa Eldredge, OCU and Raegan Barnes, OCU.

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