Pallach, White, Brown represent OC on All-Heartland golf teams

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Photo: OC juniors Juan Pallach (left) and Garrett White (right) made the All-Heartland Conference first-team honor list.

WACO, Texas (May 1, 2018) – Three Oklahoma Christian players – including the league’s individual champion – made the All-Heartland Conference men’s golf teams announced Tuesday.

OC juniors Juan Pallach and Garrett White received first-team honors, while junior Cameron Brown made the league’s second-team list. It’s the first All-Heartland selection for all three OC players. OC had more players selected by league coaches for the 11-man list than any other team.

Pallach, from Mexico City, has a scoring average of 73.17 over 29 rounds and is ranked 10th in the South Central Region and 88th in NCAA Division II. He’s posted five top-10 finishes, including runner-up showings in the Great American Conference Preview and the St. Edward’s Invitational.

White, from Lindale, Texas, won the Heartland Conference Championship last week at Slick Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas – his first win for OC after transferring from Tyler (Texas) Junior College. His 11-under-par score at the conference tournament was the second-lowest in Heartland tournament history. White has a scoring average of 74.17 over 29 rounds, with eight of those rounds being under par.

Brown, from Jacksonville, Texas, has a scoring average of 73.48 over 29 rounds and ranks 20th in the region and 121st in Division II. He has six top-10 finishes and six under-par rounds this season, his first at OC after also transferring from Tyler.

The trio has helped OC earn a berth in the Division II South Central-West Super Regional for the second time in three years.

“I’m so pleased with our team’s recognition this year on the All-Heartland golf teams,” OC coach David Lynn said. “Juan is extremely deserving of his first-team selection. He had a very solid year, extremely steady. We counted his score every round. Cameron was extremely close to being a first-teamer as well, and we counted his score in 28 of 29 team rounds, which is extremely impressive.

“Garrett obviously capped a solid year with a conference-winning performance. He’s playing with great confidence right now. As a coach I’m so proud of all the work these guys put in to be excellent student-athletes. They make me, and OC, very proud.”

ALL-HEARTLAND MEN’S GOLF FIRST TEAM 
Player – School – Year – Hometown 
Emilio Gonzalez, St. Mary’s, Sophomore, San Miguel, Mexico
Chris Eckes, Arkansas-Fort Smith, Senior, Fort Smith, Ark.
Zach Partin, Arkansas-Fort Smith, Senior, Lewisville, Texas
Juan Pallach, Oklahoma Christian, Junior, Mexico City, Mexico 
Luke Palmowski, Rogers State, Freshman, Rotherham, England
Garrett White, Oklahoma Christian, Junior, Lindale, Texas

ALL-HEARTLAND MEN’S GOLF SECOND TEAM 
Player – School – Year – Hometown 
Joaquin Arguelles, Dallas Baptist, Junior, Oaxtepec, Mexico
Cameron Brown, Oklahoma Christian, Junior, Jacksonville, Texas 
Andrew Spear, St. Edward’s, Junior, Flower Mound, Texas
Eric Valenzuela, St. Mary’s, Senior, Sachse, Texas
Hudson Ross St. Edward’s, Junior, Fredricksburg, Texas

INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS 
Player of the Year: Emilio Gonzalez, St. Mary’s
Freshman of the Year: Luke Palmowski, Rogers State
Coach of the Year: Daniel Hayden, Arkansas-Fort Smith


 

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