Photo: Rupert Kaminski made an eagle Monday.
DANVILLE, Ark. – Top-ranked Oklahoma City University’s Gaston Romero stood two strokes off the pace individually after the first round of the Arkansas Tech Dave Falconer Classic on Monday at Chamberlyne Country Club.
The Stars, ranked No. 1 in NAIA men’s golf, trailed first-place Arkansas Tech by 12 shots in the team race. Romero, a freshman from Cordoba, Argentina, posted a 68 on the par-72, 7,047-yard course.
Oklahoma City moved into the top spot in the latest NAIA top 25. The Stars collected their 50th all-time No. 1 rating. OCU has been ranked in an NAIA-high 110 consecutive polls.
OCU turned in a second-place 289. Arkansas Tech, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II, led the tournament with a 277. The Stars are the only NAIA team in the 17-team field.
Romero sank five birdies Monday. Rupert Kaminski provided OCU with a 72 to tie for ninth individually. Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, fired in an eagle on the par-5, 583-yard 14th hole.
David Meyers compiled a 74. Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, buried four birdies for the Stars. Garrison Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., carded a 75, while Carson Seals, a sophomore from Ardmore, Okla., had an 81.
Southwestern Oklahoma State is in third place, as Gustavo Tineo shot 72 and is tied for ninth and Gregor Weck and Conner Kauffman each shot 73 and are tied for 16th.
Ondrei Melichar of Southern Nazarene shot 71 and is tied for sixth. The Storm shot 309 and are in a tie for 11th with Minnesota State-Mankato.