OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University opened the season with a victory in the 42nd U.C. Ferguson Classic on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
The Stars, top-ranked in NAIA men’s golf, carded 277-272-275–824 to finish 15 strokes ahead of ninth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist. OCU’s Black team took third with a 282-291-290–863.
Anthony Marchesani and Jamie Warman of the Stars shared the individual championship. Those two and Mateo Gomez of Oklahoma Baptist played even through one playoff hole, then Gomez had a bogey on the second playoff hole on No. 18.
Marchesani of OCU produced a 68-70-66–204. Marchesani, a junior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, finished the 54 holes with 11 birdies.
Warman posted a 71-65-68–204. Warman, a senior from Perth, Australia, tied for the tournament lead with teammate Issa Abou el Ella at 16 birdies. Gomez shot 66-69-69–204.
“I’m excited,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. “I challenged the guys today. We can’t rest. Everybody is wanting to beat us. We have to continue to get better. I think we will with the depth we have. This is the deepest team I’ve ever had. One through 13, we have some really good players. I’m excited to coach them.”
Oklahoma City’s Jay Cox, a senior from Paris, Texas, turned in a 66-67-74–207 playing as an individual. El Ella, a junior from Alexandria, Egypt, recorded a 67-71-70–208 to round out the all-tournament team and lead OCU Black.
The Stars’ Garrison Mendoza, a sophomore from Clinton, Okla., tied for sixth place at 69-68-72–209, while Scott Verplank, a junior from Edmond, Okla., knotted for eighth with a 69-72-69–210. Sam Russell, a senior from Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, supplied OCU with a 71-69-75–215.
Austen Fuller of the Stars added a 70-71-71–212, and Jett Johnson contributed a 71-77-75–223. Thomas Holtzman pitched in a 74-75-76–225, and Wyatt Robson had a 78-74-74–226. Brett Dixon shot 76-79-75–230.
The temperature started at 74 degrees with a 10 mph wind in the morning. The temperature reached 93 degrees with gusts up to 31 mph.
Oklahoma City plays next in the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational on Sept. 22-23 at Shawnee Country Club in Shawnee, Okla.