After long day, Eagles finish 5th at Regional Preview

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Photo: OC senior Juan Pallach shot a 2-under 70 on the final day of the South Central-West Regional Preview.

ST. GEORGE, Utah (Oct. 16, 2018) – Against a field similar to what Oklahoma Christian will hopefully see in the NCAA Division II postseason in May, the Eagles closed strong on Tuesday in the final round of the South Central-West Regional Preview at The Ledges Golf Club.

The 25th-ranked Eagles played their final nine holes at 9-under par, helping them squeeze out a fifth-place finish in the 27-team field. OC’s final-round team score of 285 (3-under-par) gave the Eagles – who were among the last teams to finish – an overall score of 573.

No. 12-ranked Chico State (Calif.) won with a score of 551, followed by host Dixie State (Utah) at 562, Simon Fraser (British Columbia) at 566, Colorado Mines at 571 and OC. The Eagles finished three shots ahead of Sonoma State (Calif.) and four ahead of No. 14 Western Washington.

Come May, when the invitation-only South-Central West Super Regional will be played at the same course, the top five teams in that event will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship. The Eagles have qualified for the Super Regional two of the last three seasons and reached the national tournament in 2016.

Senior Cameron Brown led the Eagles on Tuesday with a 3-under-par 69 on the 7,145-yard course. That left him in a tie for 12th in the 135-man field at 3-under 141 through two rounds. He had four birdies in his round, including one on his final hole, the par-4 No. 9.

Another senior, Garrett White, and junior Trevor Norby were OC’s second-highest overall finishers, tying for 32nd with a two-round score of 145. White, coming off a 69 on Monday, struggled on his first nine holes, shooting 8-over, but turned it around on holes one through nine, recording four birdies to close out a 76. Norby had two birdies in his final four holes and finished at 73.

Senior Juan Pallach was the Eagles’ No. 2 player on Tuesday, firing a 2-under 70 that included three birdies, two of those on his final nine holes. He tied for 41st overall at 146. Sophomore Andres Brictson also closed strong, recording three of his six birdies during his final seven holes to finish with a 73. Overall, he tied for 63rd at 148.

Isaac Lee of Simon Fraser won the individual title at 134 (10-under).

OC will wrap up its fall season next Monday and Tuesday at The Territory Classic in Duncan, Okla. The Eagles won the team title in that tournament last fall.


 

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