OKLAHOMA CITY – Top-ranked Oklahoma City University posted a 43-shot victory to take the U.C. Ferguson Classic for the fourth consecutive year in the 45th edition of the tournament Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
Rupert Kaminski topped Tyrone Van Aswegen’s Oklahoma City record for career wins with his eighth victory. The Stars, ranked No. 1 in NAIA men’s golf, broke the program mark for team 54-hole score with a 276-271-273–820.
OCU bettered the school record of 277-272-273–822 carded in the U.C. Ferguson Classic on Sept. 6-7, 2016. The Stars went 32 shots under par to fall two strokes shy of their record 34-under-par triumph in the 2016 Sooner Athletic Conference Championships.
Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, collected his record win in his 22nd career start. Van Aswegen, the 2002 NAIA individual champion, had seven wins in 50 tournaments for OCU from 2000-04. Van Aswegen recently earned his PGA TOUR card for the fourth year in a row. Kaminski tied Van Aswegen for career wins by capturing the SAC individual crown on April 24-25, 2017.
Kaminski turned in a 69-66-66–201 for a five-shot margin over second-place finisher Alistair Snowdon of Murray State. Kaminski led the field with 16 birdies. He overcame a four-stroke deficit after the first round.
“I’m proud of the way we started off our season,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. “This group really gets along with each other and pulls hard for each other. It could be the start of something special.”
David Meyers supplied the Stars with a fourth-place 73-64-71–208 to earn all-tournament honors. Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, buried 14 birdies throughout the tournament.
Peri’Don Castille, Garrison Mendoza and Niccolo Nespoli of OCU each picked up a share of sixth place. Castille, a sophomore from Dallas, recorded a 66-75-69–210 with 13 birdies.
Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., picked up a 70-71-69–210 and nine birdies, and Nespoli, a junior from Milan, Italy, provided the Stars with a 71-70-69–210 and 13 birdies. Nespoli had his career-best performance while sinking an eagle on the par-4, 381-yard 17th hole Tuesday. Kaminski and Mendoza each hammered in eagles Monday.
Chris Winkel of OCU had a 73-73-76–222 while playing as an individual.
The players enjoyed temperatures that ranged from the mid-60s to a high of 79 degrees under some clouds Tuesday. Winds remained calm, reaching 12 mph.
The Stars play next in The Mid-South on Sept. 25-26 at Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton, Kan.
Eldredge of Stars finishes in top 10 of Stewart Memorial
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Melissa Eldredge of No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University finished tied for eighth in the Missouri State/Payne Invitational on Tuesday at Twin Oaks Country Club.
Eldredge, a sophomore from Eufaula, Okla., finished two strokes back of a top-five finish and fell to leader Michaela Fletcher of Memphis by 11 strokes with a 71-77-75–223. Oklahoma City, tabbed as the No. 1 team in NAIA women’s golf, ended the tournament in 13th place.
Behind Eldredge was senior Savannah Moody. Moody, from Aledo, Texas, turned in a 75-79-74–228 to finish tied for 28th.
Oklahoma City had an overall score of 310-315-315–940. OCU finished four strokes behind William Woods (Mo.), ranked seventh in the NAIA.
Emma Allen, a senior from Broken Arrow, posted an 81-76-83–240. Other Stars that competed were freshmen Clair Hill (83-83-83–249) and McKenzie McCoy (85-86-83–249).
OCU golfers playing unattached were Arianna Medina (83-85-79–247), Loren Matrone (82-85-84–251) and Regan McQuaid (90-85-85–260).
The conditions on the course featured temperatures in the high-50s that rose to high-60s in the afternoon with winds that blew 5-15 with gusts up to 23 mph.
OCU plays next in the Washington State Cougar Cup at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course on Sept. 18-19 in Pullman, Wash.