Kaminski, Goodin lead OCU men, women to SAC crowns

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Individual champion Rupert Kaminski paced Oklahoma City University to the team title in the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Tuesday at Waterchase Golf Club.



Kaminski, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, posted a 21-under-par 67-63-65-195 to take the individual league crown. The Stars, ranked sixth in the NAIA, secured its sixth SAC title in seven years by producing a 282-272-276 – 830 on the par-72, 7,085-yard course.



Oklahoma City notched its 21st SAC title by a 29-shot margin. OCU has won the SAC championship 18 of the past 20 years. Along with its two Midwestern City Conference titles, OCU owns 23 conference championships.



OCU’s Anthony Marchesani finished as runner-up in the SAC Championships for the second consecutive year. Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, turned in a 70-65-68-203 to become a three-time all-conference performer.



Kaminski reeled in SAC freshman of the year while setting the course tournament record with his second-round 63. Kaminski nailed 21 birdies over the 54 holes while knocking in an eagle on the par-5, 525-yard sixth hole Tuesday. Marchesani piled up 16 birdies.

Second-ranked Wayland Baptist (Texas) finished as team runner-up with a 286-290-283 – 859, while seventh-ranked Texas Wesleyan took third with a 290-283-288 – 861. OCU and Wayland Baptist earned the conference’s bids into the NAIA Championships on May 24-27 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. National-tournament qualifiers will be announced May 12.



Also becoming all-conference were Andrew Williamson of Wayland Baptist, David Ravetto of Texas Wesleyan and Brett Kennedy of St. Gregory’s. Williamson, the SAC player of the year, shot a third-place 72-69-69 -210. Ravetto picked up fourth at 73-67-72 – 212, and Kennedy finished fifth with a 72-69-73 -214.



OCU’s Zac Oliver, the 2015 SAC individual champion, tied for eighth with a 70-73-75 – 218. Oliver, a senior from Checotah, Okla., made par 43 times. Matthew Cheung of the Stars carded 78-71-71 – 220 to tie for 14th. Cheung, a junior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, sank nine birdies.



Jett Johnson contributed a 75-78-72 – 225 for OCU. Johnson, a senior from Norman, Okla., had seven birdies.



The temperature started at 66 degrees and reached 77 degrees. The skies were cloudy with winds not more than 5 mph.

 

SAC AWARDS
Medalist


Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City

All-conference

Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City

Andrew Williamson, Wayland Baptist

David Ravetto, Texas Wesleyan

Brett Kennedy, St. Gregory’s

Player of the year

Andrew Williamson, Wayland Baptist

Freshman of the year

Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City

Coach of the year

Tom Harp, Wayland Baptist

 

Stars reel in fifth consecutive SAC women’s golf crown

 

FORT WORTH, Texas -Caroline Goodin’s individual crown pushed Oklahoma City University to the team championship in the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships Tuesday at Waterchase Golf Club.



Goodin, a junior from Oklahoma City, recorded a 74-76-150 to become SAC individual champ. OCU, ranked fifth in the NAIA, won its fifth conference title in a row with a 299-305 – 604 on the par-72, 5,930-yard course.



The Stars own 14 SAC championships, all in the past 16 years. OCU and conference runner-up Wayland Baptist (Texas) notched NAIA Championships berths May 17-20 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga.



Goodin knocked in four birdies. She earned her second career all-SAC nod.



“I could not be more proud of all seven of the girls,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “We have faced a lot of adversity all season long, playing a difficult schedule on great golf courses. They have improved all season long, and it is great to see them peaking at the right time of the year. I am very excited about our national championship in May.”



No. 12-ranked Wayland Baptist shot 314-316 – 630. Ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan took third with a 312-324 – 936.



Four OCU golfers took all-conference honors. Anna Mikish became SAC individual runner-up with a 77-74 – 151. Mikish, a junior from Choctaw, Okla., made 25 pars and three birdies.



Kailey Campbell tied for third with a 75-77-152. Campbell, a junior from Oktaha, Okla., sank three birdies and 24 pars. First-round leader Abby Thompson finished tied for fifth with a 73-82-155.



Marina Gallegos from Wayland Baptist and Alex Schies of Texas Wesleyan reeled in all-SAC nods. Gallegos tied for third with a 75-77-152, and Schies knotted for fifth with a 74-81-155. Schies repeated as SAC player of the year.



Raegan Barnes of the Stars picked up a tie for seventh with a 78-78-156. OCU individuals were Katie-Lee Wilson (79-81-160) and Emma Allen (83-86-169).

 

SAC AWARDS

Medalist

Caroline Goodin, Oklahoma City

All-conference

Anna Mikish, Oklahoma City

Kailey Campbell, Oklahoma City

Marina Gallegos, Wayland Baptist

Alex Schies, Texas Wesleyan

Abby Thompson, Oklahoma City

Player of the year

Alex Schies, Texas Wesleyan

Freshman of the year

Elena Sinde Romero, Texas Wesleyan

Coach of the year

Marty McCauley, Oklahoma City

 

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