Eagles move up on final day in Las Vegas Desert Classic

LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2017) – Grady Neal shot his first collegiate under-par round and Oklahoma Christian closed the Las Vegas Desert Classic on a positive note on Monday, moving up two spots in the final standings.

OC’s second-round team score of 296 was eight shots better than its first-round effort and put the Eagles at an even 600 for the tournament, which was shortened to two rounds after play was suspended Sunday due to high winds. The Eagles finished 12th among the 18 teams in the event, which West Florida won with a 548 score.

Neal, a sophomore from Wylie, Texas, posted a 1-under-par 69 on the 6,807-yard layout at Primm Valley Golf Club’s Lakes Course. Neal recorded three birdies and only two bogeys in his round, which was a 12-shot improvement over his first round. The 69 put him at 150 for the tournament, tied for 53rd in the 96-man field with OC teammates Juan Pallach and Michael Robinson.

Pallach posted four birdies en route to a final-round 71, while Robinson had a roller-coaster day, shooting three birdies but finishing with a 77.

OC’s Ethan Smith tied for 78th at 155 after posting a 79 and Eric Hill was 93rd, shooting 87 to close at 163.

The individual winner was Chandler Blanchet of West Florida, who finished at 8-under 132.

The Eagles will return to action on March 20-21 in the Broncho Invitational at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. OC is the defending champion in that event.

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