FORT WORTH, Texas – Oklahoma City University built a 19-stroke lead through 36 holes of the Sooner Athletic menâ€™s golf championships Monday at Waterchase Golf Club.
Rupert Kaminski and Anthony Marchesani powered OCU by taking the first two spots in the individual leaderboard. The Stars, ranked sixth in the NAIA, posted a 282-272-554 on the par-72, 7,085-yard course.
Kaminski, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, carded a 67-63 – 130, while Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, supplied Oklahoma City with a 70-65 – 135. Kaminski knocked in 15 birdies, and Marchesani dropped in 10 birdies. The OCU pair made one bogey each.
The tournament finishes with an 8 a.m. tee time on the first hole Tuesday at Waterchase Golf Club.
â€œThe guys played great today,â€ OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. â€œRupert and Anthony are playing at a different level as of late. We still have a long way to go, but Iâ€™m excited about the direction we are treading.â€
The Starsâ€™ Zac Oliver contributed a 70-73 – 143 to hold eighth place. Oliver, a senior from Checotah, Okla., made par 28 times while nailing five birdies. Matthew Cheung shot 78-71 – 149 to tie for 18th place. Cheung, a junior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, piled up 24 pars.
Jett Johnson of OCU had a 75-78 – 153, tying for 32nd. Johnson, a senior from Norman, Okla., made five birdies.
Seventh-ranked Texas Wesleyan has put together a 290-283 – 573 led by Leo Mathardâ€™s third-place 68-70 – 138. Second-ranked Wayland Baptist (Texas) has compiled a 286-290 – 576 paced by Andrew Williamson, who had a 72-69 – 141 to be tied for sixth.
Rafael Jauregui of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and Bret Kennedy of St. Gregoryâ€™s were in the running for all-tournament honors. Jauregui tied for third with a 68-70 – 138, and Kennedy tied for sixth at 72-69 – 141.
The temperature on the course started at 64 degrees with a high of 72. The wind ranged from 5-10 mph under overcast skies.
OCU takes first-round edge in SAC women’s golf championships
FORT WORTH, Texas – Oklahoma City University took a 13-shot advantage after the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference womenâ€™s golf championships Monday at Waterchase Golf Club.
Abby Thompson of the Stars held the first-round lead among the individual standings. OCU, ranked fifth in the NAIA, produced a 299 on the par-72, 5,930-yard course.
The final round of the tournament begins 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on hole No. 10 at Waterchase Golf Club.
Thompson, a senior from Edmond, Okla., provided OCU a 73. Thompson pounded in birdies on the par-5, 535-yard 10th hole and the par-4, 315-yard 11th hole while making par 13 times.
Caroline Goodin of the Stars turned in a 74 to tie for second place with Texas Wesleyanâ€™s Alex Schies. Goodin, a junior from Oklahoma City, buried birdies on the par-3, 125-yard 12th hole and No. 17, a par-4, 360-yard hole.
Oklahoma Cityâ€™s Kailey Campbell stood tied for fourth place with a 75 along with Marina Gallegos of Wayland Baptist (Texas). Campbell and Gallegos led the field with 14 pars each. Campbell, a junior from Oktaha, Okla., birdied the par-4, 355-yard 15th hole.
Anna Mikish of OCU tallied a 77 to tie for sixth. Mikish, a junior from Choctaw, Okla., sank a birdie on the par-5, 450-yard sixth hole along with 12 pars. The Starsâ€™ Raegan Barnes compiled a 78 to tie for eighth place. Barnes, a junior from Choctaw, Okla., birdied the sixth and 17th holes.
OCU entered Emma Allen and Katie-Lee Wilson as individuals. Wilson, a junior from Owasso, Okla., shot a 79 on the strength of 10 pars. Allen, a sophomore from Broken Arrow, Okla., had an 83 with two birdies.
Ninth-ranked Texas Wesleyan held second place with a 312, and 12th-ranked Wayland Baptist posted a 316.
The temperature on the course began at 64 degrees and climbed to 71 degrees. The wind ranged from 5-10 mph under overcast skies.