Oklahoma Christian men, women in contention in Heartland Conference Championships

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Photo: Ethan Smith posted a 73 on the opening day of the Heartland Conference Championship.

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 23, 2017) – Considering the circumstances, Oklahoma Christian put together what probably was its best round during the spring men’s golf season on Sunday at the Heartland Conference Championship.

Needing to win the tournament to keep their postseason hopes alive, the Eagles posted a team score of 294 – their third-lowest of the spring – and stood in second place after the tournament’s opening round, just six shots behind St. Mary’s (Texas).

OC finished tied for second among the 10 teams in birdies recorded on Sunday (13) and had two of the three eagles posted, courtesy of Juan Pallach and Eric Hill. Two more rounds remain, but room for improvement also remains, which would seem to bode well for OC.

Pallach seized the early individual lead, recording four birdies on the front nine before his eagle at the par-5 No. 10 put him at 6-under. Trouble on the back nine brought the sophomore from Mexico City back to even-par 72 by the end of the round, but he still was tied for sixth in the 50-man field, two shots behind co-leaders Hagen Barmasse of Rogers State and Zach Partin of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Hill, a junior from Fort Collins, Colo., had his eagle on the par-5 No. 5, as well as three birdies en route to a 73 that left him tied for 12th with, among others, teammate Ethan Smith. Smith, a sophomore from Edmond, also had three birdies in his round on the 6,867-yard course.

Also in the top 20, tied for 20th, was OC freshman Michael Robinson, who shot a 76. Sophomore Ryan Trousdale was tied for 34th with a 79 with a round that included two birdies.

The Eagles will be grouped on Monday with St. Mary’s, Dallas Baptist (Texas) and Texas A&M International. OC’s players will tee off between 12:20 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Sophomore Kate Goodwin was in the top 10 after the opening day of the Heartland Conference Championship.

Rigsby, Goodwin pace OC women 

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 23, 2017) – A solid opening round has Oklahoma Christian in good position after the first day of the Heartland Conference Championship on Sunday.

Abigail Rigsby and Kate Goodwin led the way as the Lady Eagles posted a team score of 305, putting them in third place at Apple Rock Golf Course. OC, which recorded 13 birdies as a team, trailed No. 2-ranked Dallas Baptist (Texas) by 14 shots and second-place St. Mary’s (Texas) by seven shots.

Close on the Lady Eagles’ heels are two other squads in the ultra-competitive women’s golf conference – Rogers State at 307 and St. Edward’s (Texas) at 309.

Risgby, a freshman from Courtenay, British Columbia, continued her recent strong play, shooting a 2-over-par 74 on the 5,943-yard course. She had four birdies and was at even par before closing with a double bogey at No. 18. Rigsby was tied for seventh in the 50-woman field, five shots behind the leader, Addison Mitchell of Dallas Baptist.

Goodwin, a sophomore from Tulsa, was 5-over through four holes but also had five birdies – including three straight to start the back nine. Her final birdie came on the par-3 No. 17 before a double bogey at No. 18 left her with a 75, in a tie for ninth place.

Freshman Ashton Nemecek was tied for 16th at 77 after a round that included two birdies and seven straight pars on the back nine. OC senior Allison Sell was tied for 24th at 79, with sophomore Elizabeth Freeman another shot back at 80, tied for 26th. Freeman also had two birdies in her round.

The Lady Eagles will be grouped for the second round on Monday with Rogers State, St. Mary’s and Dallas Baptist and will tee off between 9:40 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.

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