HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (April 20, 2015) – It looks to be a free-for-all at the top of the leaderboard in the Heartland Conference Championship and Oklahoma Christian’s Sam Johnston is in the mix heading into the final round.
Johnston, a junior from San Diego, shot his second straight 2-under-par 70 during Monday’s second round at Slick Rock Golf Course. He’s tied with two others for fourth in the 50-man field at 140, two shots behind the leader, James Bolton of Newman (Kan.) and one behind Garrett Fey of Dallas Baptist (Texas) and Ryan Roberts of Rogers State.
All told, 10 players are within four shots of the lead, which should make for an interesting and competitive final round on Tuesday.
Johnston, a two-time NCAA Division II All-American, was the only OC player in the top 10 after two rounds. Senior Jared Consoli was the closest to joining him, tied for 14th at 145 after a second-round 73 on the 6,769-yard course.
On a sunny, calm day with temperatures in the 70s, OC senior Trey Payne shot a 74 and was at 151, tied for 30th. Freshman Zac Schaefer fired a second straight 78 and was 39th at 156, while another freshman, Chase Esparza, shot an 81 and was at 161, tied for 43rd.
Because of a conference decision, the three Heartland schools still in the Division II membership process (including OC) aren’t allowed to compete for a team title in 2015. If they were, Rogers State would be leading by eight shots with a 566 team score, with OC seventh at 592 after what would have been a second-round team score of 295.
Dallas Baptist (Texas) holds the official team lead after posting a 288 on Monday to stand at 574, four shots ahead of St. Edward’s (Texas) and seven shots ahead of St. Mary’s (Texas) and Newman.
Ryan Roberts carded the best round of his young career, posting a 4-under-par 68 to climb up the individual leaderboard. After being in eighth place following round one, the sophomore matched the low score of the day to move up six spots into a tie for second. He played the final 10 holes at 3-under-par and tallied six birdies in round two.
Both Henning Hogmoen and Hagen Barmasse failed to match the torrid pace they set in Sunday’s opening round, but remain in contention for a conference title closing the day in the top 10. Hogmoen shot a 1-over-par 73 with five birdies on his round playing the final 10 holes at 1-under-par for seventh place. Barmasse was even par through 14 holes carding two birdies until three bogeys on the final four holes pushed his round over par turning in a 75 (+3) for a tie as eighth.
Tanner Alder fired five birdies Monday, including the first and last holes of the day, but a four-hole stretch to close the front nine dropped him out of the top 10 and into 11th place. The senior finished the day with a 1-over-par 73.
Alex Marsh rounded out the second round for the Hillcats registering a 3-over-par 75, one shot off his mark from round one. He leads the team with 26 pars through 36 holes ranking tied for fifth in the field.
Roberts sits one stroke behind the overall leader, James Bolton of Newman, who shot a 1-under-par 71 in round two. The Patriots of Dallas Baptist maintained their slim advantage for the team title heading into the final day leading by four shots over second place St. Edward’s.
RSU closes the spring season Tuesday with the third and final round of the conference tournament starting at 8 a.m. on the first tee.