Event: Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate
Location: RidgePointe Country Club / Jonesboro, Arkansas
JONESBORO, Arkansas – The Oral Roberts men’s golf team finished second with Dustin Hasley coming in fifth at the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The Golden Eagles finished 27 strokes off the lead. Arkansas State held the lead throughout all three rounds.
ORU separated itself by 11 strokes over UT Arlington who finished third. Jack Howes moved up one spot to finish tied for 15th. Philip Pakosch shot a 69 in round three to move up 21 spots in round three to finish tied for 21st with teammate Palmer Hays.
Despite competing with only four players in the lineup and being the only NCAA Division II team in a primarily Division I tournament, Oklahoma Christian rose two spots to eighth place.
OC, ranked sixth in Division II, posted a team score of 295 – its best of the three-round tournament – at RidgePointe Country Club and closed at 896. The Eagles finished ahead of Utah Valley State, Stephen F. Austin, Western Carolina, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern Louisiana in the 13-team event.
The Eagles’ top performer ended up being one of their two players who competed as individuals, as junior Alex Motes of Sulphur Springs, Texas, shot an even-par 72 on the 6,565-yard course and tied for sixth in the 74-man field at 214 (2-under). He had six birdies on Tuesday, including four in a five-hole stretch between No. 5 and No. 9, and 19 for the tournament, the second-highest total in the tournament.
Among OC’s starters, the top player was junior Andres Brictson of Merida, Mexico, who posted his second straight under-par round, a 71, to finish at 217 (1-over) in a tie for 12th. He also had six birdies on Tuesday, including five during a nine-hole stretch between No. 5 and No. 13.
OC freshman Mateo Pulcini tied for 47th at 227 after a final-round 75 that included three birdies. Freshman Alejandro Armijo tied for 50th at 230, shooting a 76 on Tuesday, while freshman Ransen Turner had four birdies en route to a final-round 73. He tied for 57th at 233. Senior Trevor Norby wasn’t able to play due to injury.
In addition to Motes, OC’s other individual player was freshman Said Powers, who shot a 75 and finished at 233, tied with (among others) Turner.
Arkansas State’s Zan Luka Stirn and Julien Sale tied for the individual title at 206. The Red Wolves ran away with the team title, as their 829 score over three rounds was 27 shots better than runner-up Oral Roberts.
OC will wrap up the fall portion of its schedule next Monday and Tuesday in The Territory Classic at The Territory Golf Club in Duncan, Okla. The Eagles have won that tournament the past two years.
1 Arkansas State 280-275-274–829
2 Oral Roberts 290-277-289–856
3 UT Arlington 292-288-287–867
4 South Dakota 296-296-288–880
5 Valparaiso 297-299-289–885
T6 Omaha 298-295-298–891
T6 Northern Iowa 303-293-295–891
8 Oklahoma Christian 304-297-295–896
9 Utah Valley 302-293-307–902
10 Stephen F. Austin 308-299-298–905
11 Western Carolina 305-294-309–908
12 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 306-299-312–917
13 Southeastern Louisiana 318-306-306–930