Oral Roberts has the kind of core that Summit League opponents should envy. With five seniors on the roster, the Golden Eagles hardly lack in experience — especially experience winning.
This is a team that historically has been simply dominant at the conference championship. In fact, Oral Roberts is projected to win its 15th consecutive Summit League title this year. That’s no surprise considering four players who earned All-League honors returned this year.
Among those outstanding veterans is senior Crystal Reeves, who maintained the second-lowest scoring average in the conference last year, behind North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson. Reeves is a bubbly and outgoing player, but cutthroat on the course. She won the Islander Classic as an individual last year, and also advanced to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur during the summer. She very nearly knocked off eventual runner-up Moriya Jutanugarn in the first round, but lost on the 18th hole.
With Reeves leading a squad that could go four-for-four when it comes to postseason appearances, the time to step it up is now. Oral Roberts won four times in six spring starts last year, but with extreme highs comes extreme lows. Those players returned in the fall to only one top-5 finish, however, and a last-place finish at the Suzie Maxwell Berning Classic.
So when happens when the senior dream team graduates? Well, Reeves, for one, has her mind on a pro golf career. And when it comes to carrying on the legacy of Summit domination, look to sophomore Alheli Moreno, last season’s Summit Newcomer of the Year. Safe to say she can fill what will be large, empty shoes left by Reeves and Co.
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Top of the class: Oral Roberts
Best player in the fall: Amy Anderson, North Dakota State
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2008: Oral Roberts
2009: Oral Roberts
2010: Oral Roberts
2011: Oral Roberts
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