Midwestern State freshman Brenna Moore overcame a four-shot deficit to win the UCO Classic with a birdie on the first playoff hole Tuesday.
In just her third collegiate tournament, Moore fired a school-record three-under par 67 on the par 70, 5951 yard Lincoln Park East Course in Oklahoma City to tie first round leader Whitney McAteer who posted a one-over 71 at two-under 138.
The Burkburnett freshman closed the round strong, going birdie-birdie-par on her final three holes of the day.
Then in the playoff at the par-4, 325 yard first hole, Moore crushed her tee shot to within 40 yards of the green, then chipped on. McAteer parred the hole, but Moore sank her birdie putt for the win.
"She played a perfect hole," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "She showed how much confidence she had."
"I'm just so excited," Moore added. "To win in my third tournament is amazing."
"The round went smoothly," she added. "I didn't have a bogey on the front nine and when I did have a bogey on the back, I got a birdie."
"She had a great ball striking day and gave herself opportunities all day," Ray said of his freshman. "When she did miss a green her short game was impressive."
Moore and McAteer were one stroke better than third place Chaney Uhles of Central Oklahoma who shot a one-under 69 to finish at one-under 139 for the tournament.
Moore's strong performance lifted the 12th ranked Mustangs into fourth place as a team, sporting a total of 595.
St. Edward's came on strong on in the final round with a 286 to finish at 577, two better than first round leader Northeastern State whose 297 dropped them to 579. Host Central Oklahoma was third at 585, ten shots ahead of MSU.
Joining Moore in the top 20 was junior Taylor Klutts who put a seven-over 77 with her 73 from Monday for a 150 to tie for 19th. Junior Lauren Romines shot a five-over 75 to stand at 151 and finish tied for 27th.
Juniors Kendra Whittley and Lindsay Burkhart each turned in an 80 for the Mustangs, with Whittley finishing at 156 and Burkhart 162.
"We competed well as a team," Ray added. "Once again we have shown that this team has a chance to win every time out."
Midwestern State topped the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region Rankings for the fourth consecutive reporting period when the poll was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs enjoyed a stellar showing at the 6K Grass Routes Grand Prix in Austin last weekend as they outdistanced NCAA Division I South Central Region No. 11 Houston.
Midwestern packed up to account for 161 points led by senior Brissia Montalvo (23:12.70/23rd), freshman Ashley Flores (23:25.40/27th), freshman Michelle Krezonoski (23:25.70/28th), sophomore Janel Campbell (23:29.00/30th) and junior Heather Owens (24:58.60/53rd).
MSU is one of three teams from the Lone Star Conference in the rankings which heavily feature five member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association including No. 2 Truman (Mo.), No. 3 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 4 Northwest Missouri, No. 5 Harding (Ark.), No. 6 Missouri Southern, No. 7 West Texas A&M, No. 8 Southwest Baptist, No. 9 East Central (Okla.) and No. 10 Eastern New Mexico.
The Mustangs play host to the Midwestern State Cross Country Carnival - a 6K event - Saturday morning at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course. The race starts at 9 a.m.