OCU men in second, women lead in SAC Championships

AMARILLO, Texas – Oklahoma City University trailed by nine strokes through two rounds of the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Monday at Tascosa Golf Club’s LaPaloma Course.

Oklahoma City’s James Marchesani had a share of the individual lead along with Ian Ansett of Wayland Baptist. The four-time defending SAC champion Stars, ranked second in the NAIA, carded a 295-277–572.

Top-ranked Wayland Baptist (Texas) led the tournament with a 283-280–563. Sixth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist and 23rd-ranked Northwood (Texas) put up a 586 to be tied for third, while fifth-ranked Texas Wesleyan had a 302-285–587.

Marchesani fired a 67-71–138 to have a piece of the individual lead. Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, buried two eagles and seven birdies among the 36 holes played Monday. Ansett shot 69-69–138.

Oklahoma City’s Anthony Marchesani posted a 72-68–140 to stand in third place. Marchesani, a sophomore from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, nailed 11 birdies to be tied with Ansett for the tournament lead.

Garrison Mendoza turned in a 75-69–144 to be tied for sixth for the Stars. Mendoza, a freshman from Clinton, Okla., hammered in one of the field’s six eagles to go along with 25 pars.

Scott Verplank provided OCU an 81-69–150 to be tied for 20th. Verplank, a sophomore from Edmond, Okla., sank eight birdies. Matthew Cheung, a freshman from Brisbane, Australia, supplied the Stars an 81-77–158.

Wayland Baptist had Ryan Connolly in fourth place and Anders Ellingsberg in fifth to be in contention for all-SAC spots.

The day began with 54-degree temperatures and a 12 mph wind. The temperature climbed to 80 degrees with winds gusting at 25 mph.

The SAC Championships finish with the last round starting with an 8 a.m. tee time Tuesday. A berth in the NAIA Championships goes to the conference champion.
 
OCU seizes lead in SAC women’s golf championships
 
AMARILLO, Texas – Oklahoma City University opened a nine-shot lead in the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships Monday at the LaPaloma Course at Tascosa Golf Club.

Elia Folch of the Stars stood one stroke off the lead in her effort to repeat as SAC individual champion. Two-time defending league champion OCU, ranked second among NAIA women’s golf, posted a first-round 300 on the par-71, 5,874-yard course.

No. 16 Northwood (Texas) holds second place with a 309, and Oklahoma Baptist had a 329. No. 18 Texas Wesleyan shot 336, while Southwestern Christian stood in fifth with a 339.

"I’m very proud of our play today," OCU coach Marty McCauley said. "We are looking forward to tomorrow’s round and the opportunity to compete for a conference title."
In the individual race, Fariza Zain of Northwood carded a 38-34–72 to seize the early lead. Folch, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, turned in a 38-35–73 for Oklahoma City. Folch buried three birdies.

Caroline Goodin and Anna Mikish of the Stars were tied for third with a 74. Goodin knocked in three birdies, while Mikish led the tournament by making par on 12 holes to go with her two birdies. Daniela Martinez of Northwood and Danielle Rhodes of Southwestern Christian each had a 77 to be tied for fifth and have an inside track towards all-conference honors.

Kailey Campbell of OCU added a 36-43–79 to be tied for ninth, while Katie-Lee Wilson gave the Stars a 41-40–81. OCU individual Abby Thompson had a 42-40–82.

The day began with 54-degree temperatures and a 12 mph wind. The temperature climbed to 80 degrees with winds gusting at 25 mph.

The tournament concludes with the final round beginning with an 8 a.m. tee time Tuesday.
 
 

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