OCU posted a team score of 600 and received the SAC's automatic berth to the NAIA Championships, set for May 15-18 at Link Hills Golf and Country Club in Greenville, Tenn.
Oklahoma Christian freshman Anna Arrese fired a 1-under-par 71 on the 6,004-yard course Tuesday to finish the tournament at 2-under 142, two shots better than Schiele, and earn medalist honors in a tournament that featured six teams ranked in the NAIA top 25.
No. 11-ranked OC had a team score of 607, one shot better than No. 8 Lubbock Christian. No. 16 Wayland Baptist was fourth at 613, followed by No. 20 Southern Nazarene (625), No. 24 Oklahoma Baptist and Rogers State (both at 647) and Northwestern Oklahoma State (723).
"I feel like we've played a tough schedule to this point, which really helped us out today to stay patient and finish strong," OCU coach Marty McCauley said. "The conference is so good. There were five or six teams who had a good opportunity to win, so to hold on and win is very special."
OCU's lineup was balanced. Schiele shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday, while the Stars' No. 4 player, Mary Larsh, shot a 73 and finished fourth overall at 148. Taylor Howard contributed a 74 as OCU posted a 301 score, the lowest of the day.
The Stars led OC and Lubbock Christian by six shots entering the final round and didn't allow either of those teams to make a serious run Tuesday.
"That's one thing we try to do is make sure that everybody is focused on taking care of their own business," McCauley said. "It all adds up in the end."
Arrese won her second tournament of the spring, having also prevailed at the Battle at Primm - which featured several SAC teams - in Primm, Nev., last month. She produced two of the SAC tournament's three under-par rounds.
"Today I played really good the first nine holes," Arrese said. "We practice here a lot, so I know this course really well. … I'm really proud of my team today, too."
Joining Arrese and Schiele on the all-tournament team were Lubbock Christian's Anna Schopp (147), Larsh (148), Sarah Helly of Wayland Baptist (149) and Erika Dolezelova of Southern Nazarene, Morgan Dockery of OC and Howard, who all finished tied for sixth at 150.
Joining OCU at the NAIA Championships likely will be Lubbock Christian, Oklahoma Christian and Wayland Baptist, all of which should receive at-large invitations to the field. Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist also hope to also receive at-large invitations.
Christian's Greg Lynn, who guided the Lady Eagles to a No. 11 ranking
in the NAIA in the program's first season, has been named as the Sooner
Athletic Conference's women's golf coach of the year.
The conference's eight head coaches each voted on the award, which was presented Tuesday after the completion of the SAC Championships at Lincoln Park Golf Club's West Course.
"It's a great honor and I appreciate those guys thinking of me," Lynn said. "It's unusual for a first-year program to step up and be this successful."
OC announced in January the addition of women's golf as the university's 16th intercollegiate sport. OC leaders tabbed Lynn, who had served as an assistant men's coach for 12 years, as the new program's head coach.
Lynn credited his son, OC director of golf and men's coach David Lynn, with laying the groundwork for the success of the women's program.
"David is really responsible for it all," Greg Lynn said. "I just kind of stepped into the program he set up for me. He's my son and I'm very proud of him."