Madden, OCU cruise to victories in San Antonio Shootout

SAN ANTONIO – No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University wrapped up the victory in the San Antonio Shootout on Tuesday at TPC San Antonio.

Oklahoma City, top-ranked in NAIA men’s golf, won by a margin of 16 strokes over third-ranked Texas Wesleyan. The Stars’ Jack Madden, a freshman from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Ireland, captured his second win of the season.

OCU took the win in its fourth consecutive start and for the sixth time in seven tournaments. The Stars posted a 301-301–602 on the par-72, 7,001-yard course to top four ranked teams in the field.

Madden delivered a 71-75–146 to win by five shots over teammate Peri’Don Castille and Texas Wesleyan’s Declan Kenny. Madden knocked in five birdies and made par 24 times.

Castille, a junior from Dallas, produced his best finish and fourth top-five finish of the season. Castille collected a 77-74–151. Castille sank five birdies over the 36 holes.

OCU had three top-10 finishers as Brandon Strathe tied for sixth place for his season-best showing. Strathe, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla., reeled in his second consecutive top-10 finish with a 77-77–154. Strathe recorded par on 22 holes during the tournament.

Carson Seals contributed an 83-75–158 to tie for 20th. Seals, a junior from Ardmore, Okla., made par 21 times. Ty Stites, a sophomore from Sallisaw, Okla., had a 76-83–159 for the Stars. Stites nailed seven birdies to pace the field. Sam Simonsen, a freshman from Plano, Texas, carded an 83-78–161 competing as an individual.

The conditions on the course included temperatures in the upper 30s that moved into the upper 40s. The wind blew between 15-20 mph.

Oklahoma City continues its season in the Embry-Riddle Invitational on March 11-12 at Antelope Hills South Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz.

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