Photo: Garrison Mendoza picked up par on 23 of the 36 holes in the Dave Falconer Classic.
Oklahoma City, top-ranked in NAIA men’s golf, ended up 16 strokes off the pace set by host Arkansas Tech, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II. Gaston Romero paced the Stars with a tie for seventh place individually.
OCU carded a 289-298–587 on the par-72, 7,047-yard course. Arkansas Tech led the field, composed mostly of NCAA Division II teams, with a 277-294–571. Lindenwood (Mo.) and Southeastern Oklahoma State finished tied for third. The Stars has four tournament victories and three runner-up finishes in seven events this season.
Romero, a freshman from Cordoba, Argentina, supplied the Stars with a 68-77–145. Romero ended eight shots behind the individual tournament winner, Jackson Marselles of Arkansas Tech. Romero made par on 24 of the 36 holes in the tournament.
OCU’s Rupert Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, shot a 72-76–148 to tie for 24th. Garrison Mendoza and David Meyers ended knotted at 29th. Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., turned in a 75-74–149, and Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, put together a 74-75–149. Meyers posted par on 24 holes, while Mendoza made par 23 times.
Carson Seals, a sophomore from Ardmore, Okla., finished with an 81-73–154. Niccolo Nespoli, a junior from Milan, Italy, had an 83-81–164 playing as an individual. Nespoli and Seals each drained eagles Tuesday.
OCU competes next in the Battle at the Primm on March 19-20 at Primm Valley Golf Club in Primm, Nev.
Southwestern Oklahoma State finished tied for fifth place. Conner Kauffman led the team by finishing with a 145 (+1) total score through two rounds, including tying for a team best round score of 72 (E) in his final round. Kauffman was SWOSU’s lone Top 10 finisher for the tournament, finishing tied for seventh individually.
Two strokes behind Kauffman was Gustavo Tineo who finished second for the Bulldogs and tied for 16th in the tournament overall. Tineo shot also shot a team low even par in his first round, but added three strokes to his round on Tuesday to finish at 147 (+3). Kason Cook finished four-over after he carded consistent scores of 74 in both of his rounds, followed by Gregor Weck with a 152 (+8) total score and Ole Hatlelid at 153 (+9).
The Bulldogs will be right back on the course to compete next Monday and Tuesday (March 19-20) at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond for the UCO Classic.