MIAMI, Fla. – Oklahoma City University posted a third-place showing in the Johnson & Wales Dave Adamonis Sr. Invitational on Tuesday at Trump National Doral Club.
The Stars, ranked second in NAIA men’s golf, recorded a 283-287-300–870 on the par-70, 6,613-yard course. OCU’s Sam Russell turned in a top-five finish in the individual race.
Russell, a senior from Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, tied for fourth with a 71-71-72–214 for Oklahoma City. Russell tallied 10 birdies and finished eight shots behind tournament winner Steven Diack of Wayland Baptist (Texas).
Fourth-ranked Wayland Baptist won the event by six strokes over defending national champion and third-rated Coastal Georgia.
OCU’s Anthony Marchesani produced a 70-76-74–220 to tie for 10th place. Marchesani, a junior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, knocked in seven birdies while making par 32 times.
Garrison Mendoza supplied OCU with a 74-71-76–221. Mendoza, a sophomore from Clinton, Okla., led the tournament by making par on 37 holes. Scott Verplank added a 71-74-78–223 for the Stars. Verplank, a junior from Edmond, Okla., collected eight birdies and an eagle.
The Stars’ Jamie Warman, a senior from Perth, Australia, had a 71-71-84–226.
The temperature ranged from 73 degrees to 85 degrees with winds that varied between 6-16 mph.
The Stars completed the fall portion of the 2014-15 season with one victory and three third-place finishes. Oklahoma City picks up the season in the spring in the Claud Jacobs Invitational on Feb. 15-16 at Victoria Country Club in Victoria, Texas.