OCU tied for third at midway point of NAIA Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oklahoma City University turned in a second-round 294 and sat in tie for third place Wednesday after two days of the NAIA Championships at LPGA International.

The Stars, ranked third in NAIA men’s golf, finished day No. 2 with a score of 287-294—581 on the par-72, 6,928-yard course and took a share of third place with Coastal Georgia. The Stars are four shots behind fellow Sooner Athletic Conference member Texas Wesleyan and six strokes behind Faulkner (Ala.) with two rounds left to play.

“Tough conditions this afternoon, but we let a good round slip away during the last couple of holes,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. “A good round tomorrow and we will be right where we want to be.”

Teams saw temperatures in the low 80s with wind gusts out of the southeast.

Senior James Marchesani, of Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, carded five birdies and shot 72 in the second round to earn a share of third place individually. Marchesani upped his total score to 70-72—142 and sat one shot behind Hrafin Gudlaugsson of Faulkner and four shot off the lead held by Jose Pablo Rolz of Texas Wesleyan.

Freshman Matthew Cheung, of Brisbane, Australia, rolled in three birdies and finished in a tie for 27th place with a score of 72-74—146 after day No. 2. Fellow freshman Garrison Mendoza, of Clinton, Okla., finished the second round with a score of 70-77—147.

Scott Verplank, a sophomore from Edmond, Okla., carded a 75 to up his two-day score to 75-75—150, and Anthony Marchesani, a sophomore from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, shot a round-two 73 to move to 78-73—148 overall.

“We are confident that we will play up to our ability in the last two rounds,” Blaser said. “That will give us a chance to do what we came here to do.”

The Stars will return to action in the third round of the NAIA Championships at 11:50 a.m. CDT at LPGA International. Keep up with the action via live scoring, here.

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