Cameron takes one-shot lead into final round of Midwestern State Invitational

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WICHITA FALLS – Daniel Nielsen shot 2-over par over the first 36 holes to grab the individual lead and propel Cameron to a one-shot lead over Southeastern Oklahoma State through 36 holes of the Midwestern State Invitational.

Nielsen leads East Central’s Jordan Bates by two shots.  Cameron’s Zander Winston also is in fifth after rounds of 77-72 and Justin Jang is tied for 21st.

Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James shot 75-72 to lead the Savage Storm. Marcos Sevilla Suarez bounced back from a first round 78 and shot a 72 on his second 18 holes to finish at 150 and is tied for ninth. Mason Horner is just one shot behind Sevilla after rounds of 73 and 78 for a combined 151 which left him tied for 16th. 

Cameron leads the event with a 598, just one shot ahead of the Savage Storm, while St. Mary’s sits two shots back of SE in third place.  Oklahoma Christian is in fourth at 602, while Southern Nazarene and West Texas A&M are tied for fifth at 606. 

After a difficult opening round, a memorable second round put Oklahoma Christian in contention.  OC led only three other squads in the 18-team event after an opening-round 318, but improved by a whopping 29 shots in round two, posting a 289 – the best first-day score by any team in the event – for an overall score of 602.

OC sophomore Zac Schaefer’s performance was emblematic of the Eagles’ second-round rally. After shooting a 7-over-par 78 on his first trip around the 6,708-yard course, Schaefer sizzled with an afternoon 69 – the lowest round shot by any player in the event – and was tied for third at 147, three shots behind the leader, Daniel Nielsen of Cameron.

Schaefer wasn’t the only OC golfer who drastically improved from the first round to the second. Freshman Casey Rebmann went from a 79 to a 72 and was tied for 16th at 151. Freshman Alejandro Valenzuela went from an 82 to a 73 and was tied for 43rd in the 90-man field at 155.

Another freshman, Ethan Smith, improved from an 87 to a 75 and was tied for 75th at 162. Freshman Juan Pallach, who carried the Eagles with an opening-round 74, posted a second-round 82 and was tied for 50th at 156.

October 19, 2015 at Wichita Falls, Texas

(par-71, 6,708-yard Wichita Falls Country Club)


Team Standings

1.        (RV) Cameron                                   302-296=598 (+30)

2.        Southeastern Oklahoma State         303-296=599 (+31)

3.        (RV) St. Mary’s                                  302-299=601 (+33)

4.        (RV) Oklahoma Christian                 313-289=602 (+34)

T5.     Southern Nazarene                           305-301=606 (+38)

           West Texas A&M                               310-296=606 (+38)

7.        (RV) St. Edward’s                              305-304=609 (+41)

T8.     Northeastern State                         311-302=613 (+45)

           Southern Arkansas                           305-308=613 (+45)

T10.   (RV) Southwestern Oklahoma State 311-303=614 (+46)

           (RV) Midwestern State                     304-310=614 (+46)

           East Central                                       313-301=614 (+46)

13.     Midwestern State (B)                        302-315=617 (+49)

14.     Texas A&M-Commerce                     312-306=618 (+50)

15.     Texas A&M International                 317-309=626 (+58)

16.     Lubbock Christian                             321-316=637 (+69)

17.     Rogers State                                      322-319=641 (+73)

18.     Arkansas-Monticello                         311-332=643 (+75)


Top-5 Standings

1.        Daniel Nielsen (Cameron)                            74-70=144 (+2)

2.        Jordan Bates (East Central)                         72-74=146 (+4)

T3.     Zac Schaefer (Oklahoma Christian)            78-69=147 (+5)

           Zach James (Southeastern Oklahoma State)           75-72=147 (+5)

T5.     Benjamin Arnett (St. Mary’s)                       72-77=149 (+7)

           Zander Winston (Cameron)                        77-72=149 (+7)

           Kirk Peterson (Southern Arkansas)           77-72=149 (+7)

           Kason Childress (Texas A&M-Commerce) 77-72=149 (+7)


NSU Individuals

T9.     Tate Willamson                                 78-72=150 (+8)

T29.   Garrett McDaniel                               77-76=153 (+11)

T43.   Marc Johnson                                    77-78=155 (+13)

T50.   Brent Williamson                              80-76=156 (+14)

T68.   Tayler Morse-Cherry                        79-81=160 (+18)


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