Oklahoma City men, women lead SAC championships at Gaillardia

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University placed four individuals in the top five and seven in the top 10 of the Sooner Athletic Conference women’s golf championships Monday at Gaillardia Country Club.

Kailey Campbell of the Stars sat atop the leaderboard with a 75. OCU, ranked third in the NAIA, held the inside track for its sixth consecutive league title with a 306.

Texas Wesleyan, ranked 10th, posted a second-place 317. Campbell, a senior from Oktaha, Okla., held a one-shot edge on teammate Caroline Goodin and Alex Schies of Texas Wesleyan. Campbell led the field with three birdies.|

Oklahoma City’s Melissa Eldredge and Anna Mikish each produced a 77 to tie for fourth. Raegan Barnes and Savannah Moody from the Stars tied for sixth with a 78 each, while Emma Allen turned in a 10th-place 79.

The Stars’ Regan McQuaid carded an 85, and Katie-Lee Wilson had an 86 on the par-72, 5,819-yard course.

Conditions on the course included 25 mph wind and 35 mph wind gusts. The temperature started the day at 55 degrees before climbing to 74 by the end of the round.|

“They fought through the wind and a difficult course setup very well,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “It was by far the most composed I have seen the team all year. They also stayed focused through the slow play of the round which was crucial for us to post a solid score.”

Barnes, Eldredge, Mikish and Moody sank two birdies each. Goodin, a senior from Oklahoma City, topped the tournament with 15 pars in her bid to repeat as SAC individual champion. Campbell and Mikish, a senior from Choctaw, Okla., each made par 10 times Monday. Barnes and McQuaid buried eagles on the sixth hole.

Maisy Turner from Texas Wesleyan and Natalia Ugalde of Wayland Baptist (Texas) each shot a sixth-place 78 to contend for all-SAC honors.

The SAC Championships conclude with the final round 9 a.m. Tuesday.

OCU men seek third consecutive conference crown

OKLAHOMA CITY – Top-ranked Oklahoma City University built a four-shot edge through 36 holes of the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Monday at Gaillardia Country Club.

Rupert Kaminski paced OCU with a third-place 67-75–142. The Stars, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, carded a 287-298–585 in their showdown with Texas Wesleyan and Wayland Baptist (Texas), both ranked in the top five.

Fifth-ranked Wayland Baptist held onto second place with a 290-299–589. Second-ranked Texas Wesleyan stood third with a 298-304–602 on the par-72, 7,035-yard course. OCU looks to secure the SAC championship for the third consecutive year and seventh time in eight years. Wayland Baptist won the 2014 SAC title.

Four Stars took spots among the top seven in the tournament. Matthew Cheungsupplied OCU with a fifth-place 74-73–147, while Peri’Don Castille and David Meyerstied for sixth place.
The wind blew at 25 mph with 35 mph wind gusts on the course. The temperature started the day at 55 degrees with a high of 75.

“I was proud of the way we carried ourselves today,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. “Our composure was unbelievable. The guys really played well for how hard the wind blew the entire day, and it continually blew harder. If you had told me we would have shot 287 in those conditions, I would have thought you were crazy. That was awesome.”

Garrison Mendoza of Oklahoma City tied for 12th with his 74-82–156. Kaminski, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, fired in an eagle and five birdies in the first 18 holes. Cheung, a senior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and Mendoza, a junior from Clinton, Okla., knocked in five birdies each in the first round. Kaminski trailed individual leader Steven Diack from Wayland Baptist by three strokes.

Castille, a freshman from Dallas, posted a 76-73–149, while Meyers, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, recorded a 72-77–149.

“We let a few get away this afternoon, but I am still proud of their fight,” Blaser said. “I really like where we are headed. We try to break it down to three tournaments, and we were the low in the first two rounds. We need to close the deal tomorrow.”

The SAC Championships finish with the last 18 holes 9 a.m. Tuesday.

 

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