OCU’s Marchesani wins playoff at Texas Intercollegiate

FORT WORTH, Texas – James Marchesani of Oklahoma City University took the victory in the Texas Intercollegiate in a playoff Tuesday at the Hawks Creek Golf Club.

Marchesani, a senior from Victoria, Rosebud, Australia, birdied on the second playoff hole to edge Ryan Connolly of Wayland Baptist (Texas). OCU, ranked second in NAIA men’s golf, posted a second-place finish.

On the 19th hole, Connolly and Marchesani each made par. Marchesani birdied three of his final four holes during his round to post a 69-69–138 to tie Connolly and force the playoff.

Marchesani captured his second career win. Marchesani also won the NAIA Preview on Sept. 16-17 in Daytona Beach, Fla., in a playoff.

The Stars recorded a 289-284–573 to finish 13 strokes behind No. 1-ranked Wayland Baptist but three shots ahead of eighth-ranked Texas Wesleyan and 19 in front of fourth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist.

"I’m happy to be progressing, but in order for us to reach our potential, we have to eliminate mental mistakes and stop thinking about our relation to par," OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. "Some of us have a comfort zone, and we are having a difficult time finishing under par."

The Stars’ Garrison Mendoza, a freshman from Clinton, Okla., tied for eighth by firing a 72-72–144. Matthew Cheung, a freshman from Brisbane, Australia, contributed a 74-72–146, tying for 10th for OCU.

Anthony Marchesani, a sophomore from Victoria, Rosebud, Australia, supplied OCU with a 79-71–150, and Scott Verplank, a sophomore from Edmond, Okla., had a 74-76–150.
Stars individuals were Wyatt Robson (79-72–151) and Austen Fuller (76-76–152).

The high temperature in Fort Worth, Texas, was 86 degrees Tuesday. Wind gusts reached 29 mph.

OCU competes next in the Battle at the Primm on March 25-26 at Primm Valley Golf Club in Primm Valley, Nev.

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