WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian had to come from behind in its last tournament and if the Eagles are to win in the Newman Fall Invitational, they’ll have to do so again.
OC posted team scores of 294 and 287 on Monday at Rolling Hills Country Club, leaving the Eagles at 581, six shots behind Lubbock Christian (Texas) and four shots behind Southern Nazarene.
The good news for the Eagles was that junior Sam Johnston stood at 8-under-par 136 and held a three-shot lead over Jarred Jeter of Lubbock Christian in the individual race. OC freshman Zac Schaefer also had a good day, shooting a 1-under-par 71 and a 73 to stand seventh in the 49-man field at 144.
OC came from eight shots back on the final day two weeks ago to win the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region title, so the Eagles certainly are capable of a rally, but coach David Lynn said they’ll have to play better.
"As a team, we didn’t play well today," he said. "We made way too many unforced errors on a golf course that really was there for the taking.
"I was really pleased with Sam. He had a terrific week of practice and his wedge game is really helping him shoot some great scores. Zac played very steady, with 31 pars, three bogeys, one birdie and one eagle."
OC senior Jared Consoli rallied for an afternoon 73 after shooting a 77 in the morning round. He was tied for 21st at 150 with teammate Kevin Workman, who shot rounds of 76 and 74 while playing as an individual.
Another OC senior, Trey Payne, shot rounds of 77 and 78 and was at 155, tied for 31st. Freshman Asher Owen had a morning 82 and an afternoon 74, putting him at 156, tied for 33rd.
OC’s other individual player, freshman Chase Esparza, shot 72-79 and was at 151, tied for 25th.