OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Oct. 14, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian golf coach David Lynn wanted to sharpen up his squad before next week’s National Christian College Athletic Association Championship, so he entered the Eagles in an NCAA Division I tournament this week.
Judging from the first-day results, the Eagles appear to be primed and ready.
The Eagles, ranked No. 21 among Division II programs, overcame intermittent rain and gusty winds and shot rounds of 296 and 284 – the latter the best by any of the 15 teams in the field – to stand in second place Monday in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri-Kansas City at Milburn Golf and Country Club.
OC, the only Division II squad in the tournament, trailed Central Arkansas by one shot entering Tuesday’s final round on the par-72, 7,054-yard course. The Eagles were five shots ahead of Louisiana-Monroe, eight shots ahead of Wichita State, 11 shots ahead of Denver, 12 shots ahead of Northern Iowa and 15 shots clear of Oral Roberts.
Three Eagles were in the individual top 10 in the 80-man field – Alasdair Dalgliesh (tied for third at even par), Johnny Ellis (tied for seventh at 1-over) and Sam Johnston (ninth at 3-over). Dalgliesh trailed co-leaders Pep Angles of Central Arkansas and Easton Key of Arkansas State by one shot.
“I’m very pleased with our team score and the composure we showed today in tough conditions,” Lynn said.
All five OC players improved their scores from the first to the second rounds. Dalgliesh shot rounds of 72 and 70, while Ellis went from a 74 to a 69 and Johnston went from a 74 to a 71.
“I was very impressed with Ali’s play today,” Lynn said. “He only bogeyed the ninth hole in the morning and played bogey-free in the afternoon. Johnny Ellis’ round this afternoon was outstanding.”
Taylor Williams posted scores of 76 and 75 and was tied for 38th at 151, while Trey Payne improved from an 80 to a 74 and was tied for 57th at 154.
The Eagles were tied for fourth after the first round before their sizzling second round.
“We got off to a terrible start this morning,” Lynn said. “I was extremely pleased to see how we fought back throughout the first round. We actually finished poorly to shoot 8-over. In the afternoon we played solid.”
The Oral Roberts University men’s golf team dropped 13 shots and posted one of the best rounds of the tournament to finish the day seventh overall at the 2013 Bill Ross Intercollegiate, Monday.
After 36 holes, Central Arkansas leads the team race at 579 (289-290) on the par-72 course, while ORU sits at 595 (304-291), three shots back of Northern Iowa (296-296-592).
Blake Brorman led the way with a pair of rounds under par shooting 71-71 for a 36-hole total of 142, tying for third overall. Scott Newell recovered from a first-round 77 to shoot 73 in round two, tying for 30th at 150.
Parker Dolezal (77-75) and Will Paulsell (79-73) each shot 152 for the day and are tied for 43rd overall, while Anthony Skirk dropped six shots between rounds, finishing at 154 (80-74) to tie for 57th. It is Paulsell’s first tournament of the season.
The third and final round will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday from the Milburn Golf and Country Club.
4 –Wichita State-295-293—588
7-Oral Roberts -304-291—595
OCU sixth in rainy day U.C. Ferguson Classic
OKLAHOMA CITY – Anthony Marchesani of top-ranked Oklahoma City University stood two strokes off the individual lead Monday in the 41st U.C. Ferguson Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
Marchesani, a sophomore from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, shot a 68 to tie for second place. The Stars, No. 1 in the NAIA Golf World/Nike Golf rankings, posted a sixth-place 290 on the par-71, 6,576-yard course.
Marchesani sank five birdies on the day. Marchesani nailed birdies on the first, ninth, 14th, 17th and 18th holes, including the par-5, 600-yard No. 1 hole. Marchesani made up for his two bogeys.
OCU’s James Marchesani and Garrison Mendoza each recorded a 72. Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, made par 13 times. Mendoza, a freshman from Clinton, Okla., finished 2-under-par on the par-5 holes to tie for second in the tournament in that category.
Matthew Cheung, a freshman from Brisbane, Australia, carded a 78 for the Stars.
Issa Abou El Ela, a sophomore from Alexandria, Egypt, led the Oklahoma City Blue team with a 72. Mark Anderson added a 73, while Wyatt Robson contributed a 75. Thomas Holtzman had an 80.
Anders Ellingsberg had a 66 to lead 12th-rated Wayland Baptist (Texas) to a first-place 278. Todd Balkin also shot 68 to pace eighth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist, which had a 279. Ryan Odom of second-ranked CSU San Marcos eagled the par-5, 522-yard 16th-hole.
The first day of the tournament was shortened from 36 holes to 18 on Monday because of a two and a half hour rain delay in the morning. Play started at 8:30 a.m. under rainfall, but players were pulled off the course at 10:30 a.m. because of the rain. The tournament resumed 1 p.m.
The temperature started at 66 degrees in the morning, dropped to 64 by mid-day then reached 67. Wind gusts reached 24 mph.
The second and final round will be played starting with tee times at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The OCU Blue team starts 9:07 a.m., while OCU’s main team begins at 9:45 a.m.