Oklahoma Baptist captures OBU Invitational at Shawnee CC

The Oklahoma Baptist men’s golf team finished in first place out of 14 teams at the OBU Invitational played at the Shawnee Country Club Monday and Tuesday.

The Bison were eight strokes back after the first day, but rallied Tuesday to win their second tournament of the season. OBU shot 584 (298, 286) at the 6,852-yard par 71 course.
 
Junior Zachary Oliver won the individual medalist by a commanding eight strokes after finishing with a six-under par 136 (72, 64) two-round total. The Paris Junior College transfer shot 64 Tuesday to set a new tournament record.
 
The Bison got a strong performance from Mateo Gomez, who finished tied for fourth place after he shot 145 (72, 73). Drew Posada fired a 150 (76, 74), Alexander Hall finished in 153 (78, 75), and German Cabrero rounded out the team for the Bison with a 158 (80, 78).
 
The OBU "B" team finished in 12th place after a 636 (320, 316) finish. Chad Smith led the group with a 149 (79, 70), after bouncing back to shoot a one-under 70 Tuesday.
 
Tanner Oxford finished at 156 (80, 76) and Kyle Perdew shot 160 (79, 81) for the Bison. Freshman Blaine Coffee had a 171 (82, 89) two-round total, and Julio Villegas shot 183 (92, 91).
 
Bethany (Kan.) finished second as a team at 593 (300, 293). Bethany’s Ben Johnson finished as second medalist after he shot 144 (72, 72). Southwestern (Kan.) was in the lead after Monday’s round, but finished fourth for the tournament with a 601 (290, 311) final score.
 
OBU will wrap up the fall season in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Oct. 3-5 in the NAIA Preview at the LPGA International course. 

No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University placed third, 14 strokes behind winner and ninth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist.

OCU’s Jay Cox shot a 4-over-par 75 in the final round. Cox, a senior from Paris, Texas, finished tied for seventh with a combined score of 146. The Stars’ Jett Johnson, a junior from Norman, Okla., shot 74-74-148 and finished tied for 10th.

Sam Russell, a senior from Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, produced a 75-77-152, finishing tied for 19th, while Issa Abou el Ella, a junior from Alexandria, Egypt, scored an 81-74-155. Wyatt Robson, a sophomore from Ada, Okla., shot 78-81-159.

The temperature at the start of the round was 59 degrees, but climbed to 79 with wind gusts up to 12 mph.

The Stars’ next tournament will be The Mid-South on Sept. 29-30 at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan.

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