HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (Oct. 31, 2016) – Oklahoma Christian placed itself in the middle of the pack Monday on the opening day of one of the elite men’s golf tournaments in NCAA Division II.
After posting team scores of 302 and 319, the Eagles were tied for 11th at 621 in the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational at Apple Rock Golf Course. The tournament features 18 of Division II’s best teams, six of which (including OC) competed in the Division II Championship last May.
West Florida, also one of those six teams, seized the first-day lead at 578, paced by the individual leader, Chandler Blanchet, who was at 8-under-par 136. West Florida was eight shots ahead of second-place Dallas Baptist (Texas), one of OC’s Heartland Conference rivals.
OC’s top individual through two rounds was sophomore Alejandro Valenzuela, who posted scores of 1-over 73 and 74 on the 6,908-yard course at Apple Rock, on which the Eagles competed last April in the Heartland Conference Championship. He was tied for 11th in the 90-man field at 147.
OC junior Zac Schaefer was tied for 36th at 154 after shooting a 73 in the morning and an 81 in the afternoon. Sophomore Juan Pallach shot an 80 and a 77 and was tied for 47th at 157.
Freshman Michael Robinson, making his second start for the Eagles this fall, was 68th at 163 after rounds of 76 and 87, while sophomore Manuel Hernandez shot an 83 and a 91 and was 87th at 174.
Rogers State sits in 17th place after the first two rounds, putting together rounds of 320 and 327 for a 36-hole score of 647.
Hagen Barmasse, a senior from Houston, Texas, paced the Hillcats at 8-over-par 152 in his two rounds. Barmasse shot a team-best score of 2-over-par 74 in the second round to improve by four strokes. The senior started with a 6-over-par 78 in his opening round. Barmasse totaled one eagle and four birdies in his 36 holes.
Eric Moore tallied a team-high seven birdies on his way to a score of 15-over-par 159. The senior from Tulsa opened with five of those birdies for a round of 8-over-par 80. Moore ended his day with a second round score of 7-over-par 79.
Alex Marsh totaled a 36-hole score of 165. In his first round, the junior from Southampton, England carded a score of 8-over-par 80. He followed up the first round with a score of 13-over-par 85 in the second round.
Patrick Bart posted a score of 171 for the first two rounds. He started a first round total of 8-over-par 80. His second round score was 13-over-par 85. For his two rounds, Bart registered three birdies.
Ewen Delample finished with a score of 195. He posted rounds of 104 and 91 for the two-round total.