OCU second, UCO third in Patriot Classic

IRVING, Texas (April 4) – Oklahoma City University placed second and the University of Central Oklahoma third in the DBU Patriot Classic Tuesday. OCU finished at 6-under 858, nine shots behind winner Texas Wesleyan, while UCO finished at 7-over 871.

Also from Oklahoman, Cameron finished ninth at 883, Rogers State 11th at 888 and Oklahoma Baptist 13th at 909.

Oklahoma City, top-ranked in NAIA men’s golf, posted a 290-275-289–858 at Hackberry Creek Country Club to end up nine strokes off the pace. Peri’Don Castille, Matthew Cheung and Davis Meyers of the Stars tied for eighth place individually.

Texas Wesleyan shot a 285-279-285–849 to prevail in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the NAIA. David Ravetto of Texas Wesleyan won the tournament with a 70-71-70–211, four strokes ahead of the OCU trio.

OCU finished the regular season with six victories in eight tournaments. The Stars bested Texas Wesleyan in three events this season. Oklahoma City finished second to NCAA Division I member Incarnate Word in the James S. Litz Memorial on Feb. 13-14 in San Antonio.

Castille turned in a 76-68-71–215, tying for the tournament lead with 14 birdies. Castille, a freshman from Dallas, buried four birdies, including one on the par-5, 575-yard fifth hole Tuesday.

Cheung collected a 73-68-74–215 with 11 birdies. Cheung, a senior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, fired in back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th holes in the second round.

Meyers provided the Stars with a 72-71-72–215. Meyers, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, sank four birdies in the final round.

OCU’s Rupert Kaminski, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, carded a 73-68-78–219, which tied for 20th. Garrison Mendoza, a junior from Clinton, Okla., had a 76-75-72–223.

Oklahoma City seeks its third consecutive league title in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships on April 24-25 at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

For UCO, Cody Troutman and Nick Pierce both shot even-par 72 in the final round. The Bronchos closed with a 295  to finish the two-day, 54-hole tournament with an 871 total.

“Nick and Cody played really solid golf this week,” head coach Josh Fosdick said.  “We just made a few too many little mistakes that added up over the three rounds.”

Eli Armstrong added a 75 in the final round for the Bronchos, while Alexander Hughes and Alberto Ruiz-Nava both shot 76.  Wesley Jackson closed with a 78 competing as an individual.

Troutman tied for third in the medalist standings with a two-under-par 214 total.  It was the second straight third-place finish for the junior, who birdied three of the four par-5s Tuesday in shooting 36-36 for his even-par 72.

Pierce played the final 36 holes of the tournament three-under and tied for 12th with a 217 total.  He had a three-under 69 Monday afternoon to trim seven shots off his first-round score before closing with the 72, making two birdies in a one-under 35 on the front nine and one in a back-nine 37.

“That’s back-to-back top three finishes for Cody and with his back still healing it’s exciting to see what could still happen this spring,” Fosdick said.  “The whole team is trending in the right direction, we just need a few more putts to fall.”

UCO plays in its final tournament of the regular season April 18-19, going to Hays, Kan. for the Tiger Classic.

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